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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2017
4 SPRING 2017 WWW.SCENICWORLD.COM.AU FREE SMARTPHONE APP WWW.SCENICWORLD.COM.AU BMAPP Dust off your hiking boots and hit the highway because the Blue Mountains in Spring are a feast for the senses. Dust off your hiking boots and hit the highway because the mountains in Spring are a feast for the senses. Whether you are a weekend warrior or an experienced bush walker, this is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. Alternatively, the European style gardens a real highlight at this time of year. A great place to start is the gorgeous village of Mount Wilson, home to some of the most magnificent cold climate gardens in Australia. For a small fee, you can wander through these amazing private oases. Many owners even encourage visitors to bring a picnic. Spring also heralds the return of the annual Leura Village Fair. Held over the weekend of October 7 -- October 8. The main street will be lined with vibrant market stalls, selling everything from locally made arts and crafts to food from around the world. Coinciding with the final weekend of the Leura Gardens Festival, it makes for a great day out. Another regional highlight in spring is Halloween in Lithgow. Held on Saturday October 28, this is a great family friendly event. From 5pm the town's shopfronts transform into Trick or Treat stations as food and market stalls take over the streets and bands start up as locals and visitors alike dance the night away. On a different note, there aren't many festivals that feature coal shovelling and roof bolting as main attractions, but then again there aren't many festivals like the Rhododendron Festival. Held in Blackheath on Saturday November 4, the Rhodo Festival also includes a street parade, wood chopping, art show, live music and market stalls. Go to www.rhodofestival.org.au for more information. If your visit to the Blue Mountains doesn't coincide with these festivals, there's plenty of other activities on offer. Enjoy some mountains hospitality in a local café, browse in one of the many antique and craft shops, or enjoy high tea at the stunning Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath. There are also daily tours of this grand building which offer a fascinating insight into its 113- year history. To find out more, go to www.hydromajestic.com.au If you prefer your experiences to be more adrenaline charged, head over to Scenic World in Katoomba and take a trip on the world's steepest passenger train or glide between stunning sandstone cliff tops on the Scenic Skyway. A particular highlight of Scenic World in spring is walking through the ancient rainforest of the Jamison Valley on the 2.4-kilometre elevated boardwalk. It's shady, cool and quiet, and hard to believe this amazing treasure is only 90 minutes from Sydney. That's just a taste of what's happening in the mountains this Spring. Check out the What's On guide towards the end of this edition for more information on all of the attractions and events to help make your trip to the Blue Mountains an unforgettable Springtime escape. For further information go to www.visitbluemountains.com.au or www.scenicworld.com.au Spring into the Blue Mountains by Matt Sullivan Think Spring, think Leura! What could be more beautiful than a visit to Leura in Spring? Cherry, plum and crab apple blossoms, azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, peonies, bluebells and daffodils abound in a fabulous display of colour. And where else would you go to get inspiration for your own garden but the beautiful Blue Mountains and, most particularly, the Leura Gardens Festival. The 2017 Leura Gardens Festival will showcase the beauty of spring in the Upper Blue Mountains with 11 magical gardens on show, including two new to the festival and several returning after a break. This year's festival, the 53rd, will take place from Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 8, and, as usual, proceeds will go to the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital and other health-related organisations. Visit all 11 gardens for just $25 per person for an all-gardens ticket or $8 per individual garden. Highlights of this year's festival will include Music in the Gardens performances, this year featuring several groups new to the festival as well as favourites such as the Katoomba Jazz Quartet and the Heathens Choir of Blackheath. Holders of the $25 all-gardens ticket will have unlimited access to the Music in the Gardens performances held from Sunday, October 1 to 8. Always popular is the art show presented by the Society of Mountain Artists, featuring works created in the festival gardens themselves. The art show is open for the full period of the festival and works are for sale. Visitors are also able to take home a permanent memento of the festival from the plant sales centre which will this year feature plants from five new participating sellers, providing a much wider range of species than ever before. Both native and exotic plants will be available to suit most climate types. As well the centre will have interesting metal art pieces made in the Blue Mountains plus an excellent range of garden tools. More details are available at www.leuragardensfestival.com.au or on 0431 095 279.