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This incredible lookout was only officially named ‘Lincoln’s Rock’ in 2013. Before that it went by a few different names: Flat Rock (it really is a big flat rock!), Wedding Rock (lots of couples have wedding-day photos taken there) and even Honeymoon Rock (if only the cliff was lined with sun lounges and waiters serving pina coladas!). Google recognises all its […]

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For travellers staying more than a few days in the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves makes for an excellent day trip. As the world’s oldest known open caves, Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area are truly fascinating. The cave system itself is huge, with over 300 entrances, but only 11 caves are open […]

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Follow your nose to this truffle farm in the Greater Blue Mountains region for a unique foodie experience. It’s a cold winter’s morning and I’m out in a field at Lowes Mount Truffiere (pronounced troo-fee-air) in Oberon following farm owner Col Roberts and his big black Labrador, Morris, along a neat row of hazelnut and […]

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Autumn is the season for picking wild mushrooms in the Blue Mountains – especially after rain. It was thanks to a guest staying at Luxury Bush Escape that I found out about the wild, edible mushrooms growing in my backyard. The guest was in town picking mushrooms for his business Autumn Harvest, which supplies high-end […]

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Growing up in the country with a small orchard in the backyard meant that nearly all year round there was always fruit to be had. My favourite time was around April when the Jonathan apple tree bore the most juicy, crisp apples imaginable – so good that I was known to pack nothing but apples […]

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We were nervous about having High Tea at the refurbished Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath. After years of driving past its fenced-off façade imagining what it would be like inside, the moment had come to find out. Our biggest fear was: what if it wasn’t any good, even after the $35 million restoration? The Blue Mountains has […]

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It’s as close as you’ll get to a theme park in the Blue Mountains, making it a hotspot for tourists; but don’t let that turn you off. Here are my tips for getting the most out of your visit to Scenic World. With around 1 million visitors annually, there’s one certainty about Scenic World in […]

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Recently voted Australia’s No. 1 hotel in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains takes luxury to new extremes. I had the pleasure of staying here a few years ago on a famil for Wellbeing magazine, and it’s is etched in my memory as the most overwhelmingly lavish resort and spa experience I’ve ever had. If […]

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There’s nothing worse* than being stuck inside with hyper-energetic children when it’s raining in the Blue Mountains. Here are some local family entertainment ideas that are perfect for those wet weather days. The great thing about visiting or living in the Blue Mountains is having an unending outdoor playground right at your doorstep. But when […]

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Taking a dip in a natural waterhole is a quintessential Blue Mountains summer experience. Here are five of the best places to bathe in the bush. It’s hot. You’ve just been for a hike. Or maybe you just want to spend a day in the Blue Mountains doing something interesting, fun and insanely pleasurable. Time to […]

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