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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2011
Blue Mountains iPhone app -- now 'official'! "When luxury, privacy and intimacy are everything." Leura Rose, Varenna & Strawberry Patch Totally private & secluded romantic mountain hideaways. www.mountainwhispers.com.au For further information contact: Lorraine Allanson on 0430 496 755 Highly Commended Award for Excellence 2009 An iPhone app designed to provide information for tourists about the Blue Mountains region has taken off since its launch in February. The app is called Blue Mountains Australia and has been adopted by Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) as the "official iPhone app" for the region. "This is just another wonderful example of Scenic World's and the Hammon Family's commitment to tourism and our region," says Randall Walker, chairman of BMLOT. "We are excited to be associated with it." The app traces what is known as the Grand Circular Drive -- that is, the circuit from Penrith to Windsor via the Great Western Highway and Bell's Line of Road, with diversions to the Jenolan, Oberon and Lithgow areas. It has information about various aspects of the region and most of the towns and villages along the way. There are plenty of pictures and the application is linked to Google Maps. It also allows connections to Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. There are listings for accommodation, activities, attractions, galleries, places to eat and shopping. Categories and businesses related to tourism are being added every day. Version 2.0, which was submitted to Apple for approval just before this newspaper went to press, adds a YouTube video connection, more mapping and a 'What's On' guide. Scenic World's Rob Weaver, project manager of the application, says even more features will be added in the coming months. A number of Blue Mountains businesses and organisations have decided to partner Scenic World in the app. They include: Blue Mountains Botanical Garden Mount Tomah, Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, Blue Mountains Trolley Tours, Bygone Beautys of Leura, the Carrington Hotel, Echoes Boutique Hotel, Lilianfels Hotel, Lithgow Tourism, the Mountain Heritage Hotel, the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Penrith Valley Tourism, the Talisman Gallery Little Hartley, The Farmhouse Little Hartley & Lolly Store and Whispering Pines accommodation. Blue Mountains Australia is a free download from the iTunes app store. For more information go to www.scenicworld.com.au/bmapp Every July, the Arms of Australia Inn Museum at Emu Plains celebrates one of the most important achievements in our early colonial history -- the building of a road across the Blue Mountains. The road was built by William Cox and construction started on or about July 18, 1814 at Emu Plains. With a working party of 30 convicts and a handful of guards, Cox completed the 101 mile (163km) road in six months! The road opened up inland New South Wales to European settlement. The Arms of Australia Inn's William Cox Historical Festival and Open Day will be held this year on Sunday, July 17. There will be plenty of displays, food, music, stalls, stage entertainment and activities, both old and new. These will include a display of musketry by the New South Wales Corps of Marines, trials and floggings of miscreants, and other re-enactments from the life and times of the early colony. Also, there will a troop drill by the 5th Light Horse Regiment, performances by the Australian Heritage Dance Company and a short program of song and dance by the Oiena Pchilka branch of the Ukrainian Women's Association. Children can join in some old-fashioned games, pet animals in the animal farm and get up close to live reptiles from the Herpetological Society. They can jump to their hearts' desire in the jumping castle, get their faces painted, take a 'lesson' in the old school room, ride on a pony and much more. In the afternoon, teams of 10 will try to beat last year's winners of the biggest tug-of-war in the Nepean Valley. The Arms of Australia Inn is on the corner of Great Western Highway and Gardenia Avenue, Emu Plains. Festivities start at 9.00am, Sunday, July 17. www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2011 12 Arms of Australia Open Day