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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2009
Top o’ the Mountains … Mount Victoria is one of those hidden gems that you find in the Blue Mountains. To those travelling through, it’s a small heritage-listed town with a handful of beautiful old buildings scattered along the Great Western Highway and Station Street. But those who choose to stop a while and explore will find it well worth the time, because much of Mount Victoria’s appeal lies in its quiet backstreets, nearby walks and scenic lookouts. The most prominent building in town is the railway station, which also houses Mount Victoria Museum, with its range of old furniture, musical instruments and household bric-a-brac. The station itself is one of the best kept in the region. The Imperial Hotel, built in 1878, claims to be the oldest tourist hotel in Australia. Other historic structures include Karawatha House (1830), Toll Bar Cottage (1849), the Manor House (1876) and the Post Office (1876). Mount Victoria also boasts a number of good places to eat or shop for antiques. One of the most extraordinary places in town is Trains, Planes and Automobiles. As its name suggests, it sells a range of toys – among them antique trains, steam engines, cars and building sets that will appeal to collectors as well as children! Mount Vic Flicks is a unique cinema that shows recent releases in the local community hall. Mount Victoria is the most westerly town in the mountains and, at 1064 metres, also the highest. It was originally called One Tree Hill but the name was changed in 1876. Lookouts near to town include Victoria Falls, Mount Piddington, Mount York, Mitchell’s Ridge, Pulpit Rock, Bede’s Lookout and Sunset Rock. The town is centrally placed for those visiting the Jenolan Caves, the Zig Zag Railway and Mt Tomah and an easy drive from the upper Mountains towns of Blackheath, Katoomba and Leura. 16 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2009