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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
Reviewing an exciting itinerary W e began our journey by catching the 7.18am train from Sydney Central Railway Station to Katoomba. It was a wonderful and relaxing train trip up the mountains with some spectacular views of the World Heritage National Park at some sections of the journey. When we arrived at Katoomba, we purchased an all day Trolley Tour pass from the Trolley Shoppe near the railway station, then hopped on a unique replica trolley. It continuously loops around 29 of the best tourist spots in Katoomba and Leura throughout the day. After touring from received a special discount entry fee. This National Trust property was designed by Australia’s master gardener Paul Sorensen in the 1930’s. There are 12.5 acres of European style gardens and native wilderness, stone walls, terraced lawns, fountains, glades, art deco house, art gallery and tea rooms. Well worth a visit. Our next stop was Leuralla, home of the internationally renowned NSW Toy and Railway Museum. We again received a discount Trolley Tours ticket holder entry. Here we discovered a unique collection, with an incredible array of pre and post war toys, tin plated trains, aeroplanes and automobiles, dolls, teddy bears, lead figures, comics, books and working model railway sets. After hopping on and off at some spectacular scenic lookouts, including the famous Three Sisters, we arrived at Scenic World. most popular cave tour at Jenolan and was first explored in 1860 by George Whiting and Nicholas Irwin. enjoyed the sounds of native birds. The walk took us to the lower Scenic Cableway stop, which is where we caught the Cableway back to the top! We then stopped for an affordable lunch at the spectacular revolving Skyway Restaurant. We were looking for some adventure on the Scenic Skyway - which I had heard boasted a glass floor. The Skyway takes you across the edge of Jamison Valley, with stunning views of Katoomba Falls, Orphan Rock and the Three Sisters. After our Skyway experience, we ventured on a trip down the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway. Katoomba to Leura Village, we visited Bygone Beautys Antiques, Collectables and Tea Rooms. Our Trolley Tour ticket included a two for one Devonshire tea voucher. We enjoyed a delicious Devonshire tea (scones, jam and cream with choice of tea or coffee) and admired the treasured teapot collection, which commenced 30 years ago and now boasts over 3000 tea pots on display. Back on the trolley our next stop was the Everglades Historic House and Garden. We again From Scenic World our adventures continued on a Trolley shuttle to the Edge Cinema. We were blown away by the Blue Mountains movie on a six storey high screen. ‘The Edge’ movie opened our eyes to the spectacular Mountains, and we felt like we were actually there! This ancient and spiritual World Heritage Blue Mountains wilderness gave us a true Australian sense of place. We hopped back on the Trolley shuttle to the Blue Mountains award winning YHA for our accommodation that night. This is not just for backpackers! It was like staying at a hotel, but without the price tag. Dinner that evening at the Katoomba RSL Club was absolutely delicious. The following morning we arose well rested to enjoy breakfast at the Parakeet Cafe, in Katoomba Street just down from the YHA, in preparation for the next action packed day visiting the famous Jenolan Caves, amongst the oldest and finest caves system in the world. The Blue Mountains Bus Co coach departed from Katoomba at 9.45am. The driver provided insightful and amusing commentary for the trip. The tour’s first stop was Govetts Leap lookout at Blackheath, then we travelled through Mt Victoria, the highest point in the Blue Mountains and saw bushland consisting of hundreds of different types of Eucalyptus tree. Once arriving in the valley, we strolled along 2.5 kilometres of elevated boardwalk in the beautiful temperate rainforest. Informative signs described the many tree species and we also Passing through the grand arch, we arrived at Jenolan Caves. After a brief look around we took our first tour of the Lucas Cave. The Lucas Cave guided tour is the The Lucas Cave offers the visitor both the highest and widest chambers at Jenolan as well as a glimpse of the underground river. It is also home to the most photographed formation at Jenolan, the Broken Column. After a one and a half hour tour requiring a good level of fitness and 910 steps it was on to the Orient Cave. This cave was discovered by James Wiburd, Jack Edwards and Robert Bailey in 1904 and was opened in 1917. There are three richly decorated chambers in the Orient Cave. The visual impact, with a rich display of colour and the massive size and extent of its decorations, left us breathless. This guided tour with 358 steps was also suitable for someone of average fitness and both caves were inspected at a leisurely pace. Another great choice, but not ours, was the more adventurous Plughole cave. This requires overalls, helmets and torches, and is not for the faint hearted. Jumping back on the coach, we enjoyed a relaxing trip back to Katoomba, gazing out at the rural landscape and arriving back in time for a relaxing train ride to Sydney. YHA accommodation bookings can be made by phoning (02) 4782 1416. Discount tickets for Trolley Tours, Scenic World rides, The Edge Cinema, Blue Mountains Bus Co coach travel and entry to Jenolan Caves were all purchased from The Trolley Shoppe, 285 Main St, Katoomba. For bookings freecall 1800 801 577 or check out packages on the web at: www.trolleytours.com.au spring 2008 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 19