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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2011
Info Start your visit to the Blue Mountains at the National Park Shop at Blackheath. Shop staff and rangers are on hand to give you information on all aspects of the Park including camping areas, walking tracks, guided walks, the Discovery Program and historic site tours. It is a great place to enjoy, discover and relax. Fun There is an interactive educational display, videos, an art exhibition, maps and walking track booklets. It is the start of the Fairfax Heritage Track which is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Bus parking is available. The Heritage Centre theatrette and gallery is available for video viewing and for group presentations. Shop Make your Discovery booking at the Heritage Centre and Shop. A wide range of quality Australian made souvenirs, gifts, maps, guidebooks, toys, clothes and artwork is available. Blue Mountains National Park Shop and Information Phone 02 4787 8877 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au National Parks Discovery Walks Talks and Tours Located at the end of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785 Australia. Open 7 days 9am-4.30pm Protecting our natural and cultural heritage. Don't waste time scratching around on your own... Get lots more out of your visit by starting with us! www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2011 38 The arrival of Winter signals another Yulefest season, which is celebrated widely across the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region in June, July and August. The origin of Yulefest dates back to the fourth century AD. It came to the Blue Mountains some 30 years ago, in 1980, while some Irish visitors were relaxing in front of a roaring log fire in a Katoomba hotel. They mentioned to their host how the conditions and atmosphere reminded them of Christmas in Ireland. The savvy hotel operator offered to re-create a similar festive atmosphere and meal, to make his Irish guests feel even more at home. And so preparations began, decorations were hung, the Christmas tree was brought out from storage and trimmed and a scrumptious menu was planned. Word began to spread around the region and the requests to attend were many. Today, Yulefest is one of the region's most popular events. People travel from all over Australia to revel in the atmosphere, traditions and trimmings of this Winter festival. Many hotels, restaurants, motor inns and guest houses in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region offer Yulefest celebrations ranging from the traditional dinner of turkey and plum puddings to more exotic dishes such as spatchcock and Cr me Anglais. Some offer special accommodation packages for all the family, with entertainment encompassing carol singers, pipers and even visits from the jolly fellow in red! Mountain Yulefestivities!