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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2009 - 10
The Conservation Hut Located within the National Park at the Valley of the Waters, Wentworth Falls, the Conservation Hut was opened in the 1960s as a rest point for bushwalkers by the Katoomba and District Wildlife Service (now the Blue Mountains Conservation Society). Its aim was to serve refreshments to recovering walkers or those who were about to set off. The current building was designed to fit in to the local environment and to house two stunning triptych paintings by Rene Zusters, who donated them to the people of the Blue Mountains as a thank you for finding a home here after arriving from Europe as a refugee after World War Two. The current lessees took over the running of the Conservation Hut in 2003, developing the Caf - Restaurant to further its potential as a unique dining venue in the Blue Mountains. Stunning views from the verandah make this a must-visit site. From a hearty breakfast before setting off or a relaxing lunch afterwards, the Hut is the perfect start or finish point for many beautiful and some challenging bushwalks. However, you don't have to be a walker to enjoy the Hut, the natural environment surrounding it means that you can experience the peaceful tranquility of the Blue Mountains without the hard work some of the walks entail. Staff at the Hut will happily provide visitors with information on the local area and the menus cater for a wide-range of tastes, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Disabled access is possible to 95% of the restaurant. Children's menus are available. The Hut can accommodate groups for functions and offers tailored limited choice menus for larger groups. The Conservation Hut Fletcher Street, Wentworth Falls. Open 7 days from 9.00am (10am Public Holidays) for Breakfast & Lunch. Dinner is served during Summer months. Bookings recommended on weekends. Ph 02 4757 3827 www.conservationhut.com.au www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2009-10 32