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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
ECHO POINT Motor Inn • Spectacular view rooms • Best location and price • Breakfast Buffet / Restaurant • All room facilities with ensuites • On all bus routes • Free long term parking • Romantic viewing of floodlit 3 Sisters after dark • Catch the beautiful Mountain Sunset • Walk the 1000 step staircase to Scenic World 88 • Honeymoon & Family Suites Road, Katoomba NSW 2780 www.echopointmotel.com S TOURING GUIDE q 28 Paragon Cafe, Katoomba. q 29 The Edge Cinema q q q q q q q q q q q q q q 30 Explorers Marked Tree, Katoomba. Commemorates crossing of Blue Mountains in 1813 by Blaxland, Wentworth, Lawson 31 Six Foot Track, behind Market Tree. Katoomba to Jenolan Caves 32 Hydro-Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath 33 Blue Mountains YHA q 34 Rhododendron Festival, Blackheath, (early November) 35 Evans Lookout, Blackheath. Superb views of Grose Valley 36 Govetts Leap, Blackheath. Breathtaking views of Grose Valley Bridal Veil Falls 37 Rhododendron Garden, Blackheath q 39 Rainforest Walks, Megalong Valley q 40 Megalong Valley Farm q 41 Old Ford Reserve, Megalong Valley. Picnics & swimming 42 Shipley Plateau, apple orchards, panoramic views 43 Mount Victoria village (National Trust classification) art/craft, gift shops. 44 Museum in old refreshment rooms at Mt Victoria Railway station 45 Mt Vic Flicks (Picture Theatre) 46 Mt Piddington, Mt Victoria. superb views of Kanimbla Valley 47 Pulpit Rock Reserve, Mt Victoria q 48 Mt. York Historic Site & Lookout, Magnificent views. Monuments commemorate early road builders, pioneers, explorers Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth; surveyor George Evans; road-builder William Cox; Gov. Lachlan Macquarie q q q q q 49 Mount York Walks, historic road q 50 Mount Wilson Gardens. Private gardens open Spring & Autumn 51 Cathedral of Ferns, Mount Wilson Beautiful rainforest area, picnics, short walks 52 Mount Banks, wildflowers, bushwalks, picnic area, lovely views of Grose River Valley 53 Mount Tomah Botanic Garden Cool-climate plants, Visitors Centre, picnic areas 54 Talisman Gallery, Hartley Historic Centre The term 'Scenic Railway' dates back to late 19th century English amusement rides at funfairs and seaside amusement parks that were – by today's standards - very tame roller coasters. They consisted of a freely running carriage on rails that was raised to the top of a slope by various means – by horses, manpower or steam. The carriage, which carried 8 or 10 passengers, then rolled past a series of backdrops painted with exotic scenes – usually the Swiss Alps, Egyptian pyramids, a jungle scene with tigers, elephants and so on. Hence they became known as 'Scenic Railways'. The use of the term widened as time passed and by the 1930s was readily accepted as a name for what was to become the steepest incline railway in the world, at Scenic World, Katoomba. $49* Bed & Full Hot Breakfast per person per night twin/dbl share Sun-Thurs incl. andby rates gl Supp $30 pppn Child 1/2 Tariff ri/Sat +$25 pp 2) 4782 4022 bamotel.com Leura Gardens Festival “Blossom Time in the Blue Mountains” 4th-12th October 2008 | www.leuragardensfestival.com.au spring 2008 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 21 38 Anvil Rock & wind-eroded cave, Blackheath. Dramatic views of Grose Valley, fascinating rock formations Closest Motel to 3 Sisters with romantic view rooms from $57 Did you know?