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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2011
www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2011 4 Autumn in the mountains Michael Brischetto is co-owner and licensee of The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, Australia's oldest tourist resort hotel and one of only a handful to have a permanent conservation order. An active member of both the local community and tourism industry, he was the NSW 2010 Young Achiever in Tourism. Michael is married with two young children and lives within walking distance of his much loved hotel. We asked Michael a little about his life during Autumn in the Mountains and about some of his favourite places. How long have you lived in the Blue Mountains? My family and I have lived in the upper Mountains for about three and a half years ... we have progressively moved further and further up the mountains for the last 10 years and we are now here to stay. What prompted you to move to the region? It was mainly a work decision but also a lifestyle decision, one of those decisions that just felt right at the time. What's your favourite aspect about Autumn here? Absolutely the scenery, but also the community feeling and the laid back atmosphere. Where's your favourite place in the region to go in Autumn? Really anywhere we -- my wife, the kids and I -- go bushwalking. Walking in the crisp Autumn air is really invigorating. What's your favourite walk? You can't go wrong anywhere along the cliff tops in Katoomba or Leura, but the National Pass in Wentworth Falls with its fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and waterfalls is pretty special. Where's your favourite lookout? We've just discovered a great lookout -- North's Lookout -- near the top of the Six Foot Track. It's a different vantage point and the views are just breathtaking. What do you like to do on your days off? I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, going out to breakfast in town with my wife or just simply having a BBQ on our deck. Outside of your own property, where's your favourite spot to grab a bite? That's a hard one! We enjoy going out to breakfast and often go to Fresh in either Katoomba or Leura, but we also just had a great meal at the Red Door in Leura. The Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls is also a great spot. Tourism's tourist by Melissa Humphrey Mild days, book-ended by crisp mornings and cool evenings, make it the perfect season for outdoor activities such as bush walking, mountain biking and just general sight-seeing. It's also ideal weather for sitting over a meal or a coffee, gazing at the distant, misty views. Throughout the season across the region there are a number of festivals and events to interest and delight the visitor. They include the Blue Mountains Blues and Roots Festival at Katoomba (March 18-20), Springwood's Foundation Day and Parade (April 2), Lithgow's annual Ironfest (May 14- 15), Mount Victoria's Great Train Weekend (May 28- 30) and many, many more -- see the What's On section at the back of this newspaper. If you are into spectacular gardens and Autumn colours, then you will be spoiled for choice -- with the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, magnificent Mayfield at Oberon and a collection of private cool climate gardens in Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine. And a reminder that applies to any season in what is, after all, a wilderness area. If you plan to go bush walking there are a number of commonsense 'rules' to help ensure you get back safely. Check out the local conditions, never go out alone, tell someone where you're going and stick to the plan. Take a good topographical map and compass, enough food and water to see you through and some warm, waterproof clothing -- because you're in the mountains, after all! Remember, you can borrow a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) free of charge from your local police station or the National Parks and Wildlife Service office. That's probably the best 'insurance' of all! Autumn is a perfect time to visit the Blue Mountains -- and not just for the colours, as beautiful as they can be. Photos: Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism