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Travel guide Blue Mountains

A family holiday to Lithgow
By Rachel Power

One thing we learned on our family trip to Lithgow is that anything can happen in the Blue Mountains! Keep in mind that mountain weather can change quickly so pack accordingly.   While in Lithgow we stayed at the beautiful Majic Views Bed and Breakfast. More like our own little apartment than a normal B&B, this lovely place boasts two bedrooms and a massive spa with views that truly are majestic. The girls loved running around on the lush green grass and playing with Janda, the resident friendly black Labrador.   Our first stop was a trip to the glow worm tunnel and our kids loved the drive through the dark rock tunnel as it wound through the mountain. Walking down the valley through the rainforest was awesome, however the sight of a ferny creek flowing into the glow wo... Read more

Review - Bronte Cottage, Bygone Beautys Cottages
By Greg Barton

Bronte Cottage, Bygone Beautys Cottages 78-80 Genevieve Road Bullaburra NSW     Set at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, you drive through lush green gardens and abundant foliage and then come upon the white, French provincial-style Bronte cottage. It is a lovely way to arrive at a property. Overall rating? Outstanding What makes Bronte at Bygone Beautys different? Statues flank the low steps to the front door and the interior of the house strikes you as being very luxurious, with beautiful living space, extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of light. The French provincial feeling is continued with the large fireplace and a grand piano in one corner.   Accommodation overview The main bedroom with ensuite and queen-size bed is well appointed, and... Read more

Review - Blue Mountains Rhapsody
By Penny Parsons

45 Olympian Parade Leura NSW   This wonderful property was designed by renowned architect Phillip Cox, sits in beautiful gardens and boasts magnificent views. It is definitely the whole package for a wonderful stay in the mountains.   Overall rating? Excellent, with outstanding ambience and location   What makes Blue Mountains Rhapsody different? This is a property that has been well planned and beautifully executed, however the thing that stays with you when you think of it is the incomparable view. Panoramic views of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, the iconic Three Sisters and superb Mount Solitary just take your breath away.   Accommodation overview There are four large bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and ensuite, another with a queen-size bed... Read more

Blue Mountains Private Safari - Private Day Tours
By ATDW Database

Contact: 9571 6399, 1300 790 561 or info@bluemountainsprivatesafaris.com
The forested valleys and sandstone escarpments of the Blue Mountains are the setting for an immersive wildlife experience and some of Australia's most stunning wilderness scenery.Away from the well-trodden paths of the Katoomba area, the ranges provided some of the most spectacular bush walks and vistas in Australia and the best way to experience this region is in the company of a local guide. His intimate knowledge of the bush will help reveal its secret spots; grassy clearing with perfect grazing for grey kangaroos; isolated waterways and ideal habitat for platypus; or wombat spotting at dusk.The drive from the centre of Sydney will take less than two hours. At a beautifully rustic little vineyard near Bowral you'll meet your guide. There is time for wine tasting and a chat with the wine... Read more

Centennial Glen Stables
By ATDW Database

Contact: 4787 1193 or centennialglen@westnet.com.au
Centennial Glen Stables is set in the magnificent Kanimbla Valley.

Riding instruction is available to all and safety hats are provided. Also available are lead rides for children, open paddock rides, or guided half hour to full day rides wit... Read more

Review - Lurline House
By Josephine Whaite

122 Lurline Street Katoomba NSW This beautiful old home has been beautifully restored and maintained and exudes elegance and peace… the perfect mountain retreat. Overall rating?      Excellent What makes Lurline House different? The federation-style house is 99 years old and has that indefinable sense of history and place that makes it feel completely at home in the Blue Mountains. The rooms are well appointed and very comfortable. Accommodation overview There are 7 bedrooms, all with ensuites and five of those rooms are spacious spa rooms.  All the rooms have four-poster beds with canopies and the furniture is exactly right for a property that is nearly 100 years old. Our room was not a spa room, and while not large, it was extremely comforta... Read more

Review - Matilda's of Leura
By Kitty Buchanan

13 Albert Street Leura, Blue Mountains NSW This cottage is picturesque, with beautiful gardens and everything you want to make your stay relaxing and comfortable.  It is tastefully furnished and exudes charm. Overall rating? Excellent What makes Matilda’s of Leura different? The weatherboard cottage looks ‘old world’ but was in fact designed to fit into the established gardens and look as though it has been there for many years.  However, this also means that the building has all the modern conveniences you could wish for in holiday accommodation. Accommodation overview There are three bedrooms, the spacious loft has its own bathroom and a queen-size bed, there is another bedroom with a queen-size bed and the third bedroom has two singles.  Th... Read more

Review - Closeburn House
By Craig Davis

2-18 Closeburn Drive Mt Victoria  NSW This beautifully restored period guesthouse (circa 1885) located on serene Mount Victoria is perfect for an idyllic romantic getaway. The great service only adds to the old-world charm of the place. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Closeburn House different? The guesthouse sits in thirteen acres of gardens, giving the property a unique sense of seclusion and escape. Accommodation overview The fully-restored house features ten ensuite rooms (able to accommodate up to twenty-two people in total), each configured slightly differently. However, the variety of rooms means that there is a room to suit every couple. We stayed in the beautiful and romantic bridal suite, as a lovely anniversary treat. Facilities overv... Read more

Blue Mountains – World Heritage area
By Tourism NSW

Blue Mountains – World Heritage area The Blue Mountains are just 90 minutes drive from Sydney, the perfect short break from the cosmopolitan city. Most famous for the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, this area is a great place to explore at a leisurely pace. The mountain air is fresh, waterfalls plunge into sandstone valleys thick with the eucalypt forests that create the blue haze. Elegant spa retreats and cosy B&Bs have serene valley views, there are golf courses and bushwalks and some of the best dining in the State. The adventurous will love this terrain where you can safely abseil, try canyoning or rock-climbing in pristine surrounds.    As a popular retreat for Sydneysiders for over a century, the Blue Mountains offers an excellent choice of accomm... Read more

Review - Ambleside
By Penny Parsons

Cosy up in the Blue Mountains Ambleside, Malvern Rd, Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW Ambleside is a delightful little cottage set amongst a well groomed and sunny garden in Leura. Arriving at the cottage with a wood fire already set and burning and information packs aplenty, not to mention the host’s great local briefing, we felt it was just what we needed for our weekend getaway in the Blue Mountains. Within close proximity to a variety of bushwalks, we chose to walk from the Solitary Restaurant to Echo Point along the clifftops and return along the Dardanelles pass, a 3 hour walk all in all. The sun was still on the garden when we returned, but we chose pre-dinner drinks inside in front of the log fire. A great place to curl up with a book, for a game of cards or a chat. Overall rat... Read more

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