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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2011
Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and there's a growing warmth in the air -- they're the unmistakable signs of Spring! The Blue Mountains come alive during Spring. It's the perfect time to visit. The mornings are shaking off the remnants of Winter, making way for warmer sunny days just made for wandering amongst the region's many beautiful gardens or through the ancient rainforest on one of hundreds of bushwalks. The Australian bush doesn't mirror its European counterparts and seasonal changes aren't as evident. The gardens of the Blue Mountains, however, are a different story, showing off their gorgeous palette of stunning colour. There is much to do and see in the Spring months, and if you are a garden lover, this is the place! The annual Leura Gardens Festival is on again from Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th October, with 12 gardens on display. The festival also includes art exhibitions, a musical program and of course everyone's favourite, the Leura Fair, held at the culmination of the gardens festival, over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October. Another major event, which is always popular with locals and visitors, is the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival. This event, in celebration of the beautiful Rhododendron kicks off on 21st October with events and activities for all tastes until 26th November. Then of course there are the beautiful gardens of Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine, and Mayfield near Oberon. If you aren't around for any of the festival events, why not just come for a drive up into the mountains... escape the city smog and breathe that crisp mountain air deep into your lungs. There is so much to do in the region. Ride the world famous Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Katoomba or maybe wander around the antique and craft shops of Wentworth Falls, Leura and Blackheath. Pull on your hiking boots and tackle one of the hundreds of bushwalks, whether you're a novice or an experienced walker, Spring is the perfect time to get into the great outdoors! Perhaps you are just looking for a nice drive and a quiet picnic spot near a waterfall? Well, the Blue Mountains have that, too. For further information on what to do and see in the Blue Mountains this Spring, contact Blue Mountains Tourism on 1300 653 408 or www.visitbluemountains.com.au Spring has sprung! by Jennifer Puckeridge See where it takes you! Photo: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2011 4 Visitors to the Blue Mountains region between now and April 2012 will have a chance to win one of the world's most exotic cars, a Bufori MKIII La Joya. The ex-demonstrator -- in black amethyst -- is the major prize in a promotion offered by Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism (BMLOT). There are 20 additional prizes of overnight couples packages, each worth $500. To win you have to visit the Blue Mountains and use the services of one of the many businesses that are taking part in the promotion. For more details about the promotion, participating businesses and how to enter, visit www.visitbluemountains.com.au/winabufori.php Bufori is an Australian-owned company, founded in 1986 in the Sydney suburb of Merrylands. The cars are lovingly hand-built in Malaysia by traditional craftsmen, using the finest materials and components from around the world. While Buforis follow the classic designs of the 1930s, they include the latest technology -- including carbon fibre and Kevlar bodywork, a 2.6 litre mid- mounted engine with sequential shift transmission and such safety features as anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) traction control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. They are built to special order and it takes three- and-a-half months to finish each one. Buforis have been driven by kings and queens, sultans, movie and rock stars.