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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2010
The Blue Mountains... with a touch of red, orange & yellow www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2010 4 AUTUMN -- the word has its origins in French and Latin, and found its way into the English language in the 16th century. Before that, the season was known as Harvest -- a time when crops were ready to be gathered. It's also been poetically described as a melancholy season, marking the transition from hot Summer days to the coming cold days of Winter. It's a perfect time to visit the Blue Mountains. Crisp mornings turn into days made for bushwalking and sightseeing, with nights becoming cool. The Australian bush doesn't show seasonal changes in the same manner as the softer vegetation of Europe. But the temperate and cold climate gardens of the mountains allow Mother Nature plenty of scope to put on a show of blazing colour with deciduous trees outdoing each other with fiery hues of red, orange and yellow with the turning of their leaves. If you're looking for something to do in the mountains this Autumn, you'll be spoilt for choice. The season plays host to some very exciting events and activities. One of these is the annual Blue Mountains Music Festival, running from 12th -- 14th March. Also in March is the Norman Lindsay Festival of Children's Literature (20th -- 21st March), and the Lithgow Agricultural Show (26th -- 27th March). Ironfest is on again in April, an annual festival celebrating all things metal through entertainment, music and art (24th -- 26th April). Then there's Winmalee's Autumn Artfest, held every year at Winmalee High School (30th April -- 2nd May). If you're into history, head out to the spectacular Jenolan Caves for Phantoms of the Underworld, an annual history festival. Here you can take a ghost tour, see an underground concert and immerse yourself in the romance of the Victorian era. Why not celebrate Mother's Day with high tea? If you are a garden lover, Mt Wilson is a must see destination. A number of private gardens are on display for the season (check for opening times) and the village itself in Autumn has the makings of a stunning picture postcard. April 24th & 25th will see Mt Wilson host its Community Market Weekend, with multiple vendors offering craft, bric a brac, books, and Devonshire Teas. Other gardens not to be missed are Everglades in Leura, a National Trust property open year round but well worth a visit in the Autumn months, as is Mount Tomah, a cool climate garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Perfect for losing yourself for a few hours on an Autumn day. Another very popular event held as Autumn draws to a close is the annual Great Train Weekend in Mt Victoria with plenty to do for all ages including vintage car displays and steam train rides (29th -- 30th May). There are always plenty of other things to do such as weekend markets, galleries, antique shops, countless bushwalks to choose from and lookouts with endless views and never ending photo opportunities. Whether you're looking for adventure with a ride on the Scenic Railway (the world's steepest), or you just wish to sit on a picnic rug and gaze at the falling Autumn leaves, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to cater to your every whim as you leave the heat of Summer behind and prepare yourself for the Winter ahead. For more information on events, activities and attractions in the Blue Mountains during Autumn, visit www.visitbluemountains.com.au or call Blue Mountains Tourism on 1300 653 408. by Jennifer Puckeridge
Summer 2009 - 10