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A Blue Mountains children’s book – Leonard the Lyrebird – will come to life as a musical performance in Katoomba in February 2019. Mountain Concerts and Scenic World Blue Mountains are thrilled to present the world premiere of Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story. Held at Scenic World, Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story is an original composition […]

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Asian street food with style in the Blue Mountains. It’s hard to pigeonhole Miss Lilian Tea House in Katoomba, even with the myriad birdcages and feathered taxidermy hanging from the ceiling. It’s Asian street food but with a more sophisticated edge – in the menu, service and decor – and that makes it a one-of-a-kind […]

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Leonard the Lyrebird is a children’s book set in Blue Mountains, Australia, written by Jodie McLeod (me!) – a Blue Mountains local and longtime creative writer, journalist and editor (also editor of this website) – and illustrated by the very talented Katoomba artist Eloise Short.  After a successful crowdfunding campaign Leonard was published in September 2018 and is now available in numerous […]

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Sustain Cafe - Lawson
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New café, bar, restaurant and retail openings in the Blue Mountains town of Lawson have made bypassing this village a thing of the past. When driving to or from Sydney through the Blue Mountains you’d be forgiven for not really noticing Lawson. But for a pub and a row of shops-for-lease lining the Great Western Highway, there […]

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The Baker’s Wife café in Springwood has gone against the grain of standard café offerings, basing its menu loosely on the healthy food and lifestyle trend of paleo. That means goodbye cake and hello smoothies with curious ingredients like coconut yoghurt, spirulina and chia seeds; lots of freshly squeezed and cold-pressed juices, and vegetable-rich salads. For sweets it’s […]

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A playful menu and premium coffee give this Blue Mountains café extra spark. “I’ll have the poached eggs and avocado,” I say to the waiter at Kickaboom café in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. I’m half-expecting an eye-roll at the banality of my order when there are so many other interesting things on the menu, but […]

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From specialty grocers to big-name supermarkets, here’s where to stock up on food and essentials when visiting the Blue Mountains. Eating at restaurants and cafes in the Blue Mountains is part of the fun of coming here, but – let’s face it – sometimes there’s nothing better than tucking into a home-cooked meal when you’re travelling. […]

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This buzzing bar and restaurant turns up the cool-factor of the mid-Blue Mountains yet another notch. It’s slightly exciting when talented people with very good taste team up to open a bar and restaurant in your neighbourhood. Mesa Barrio is the work of four local lads with plenty of skill and no pretensions. Yet their […]

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What will it take to transform the Blue Mountains into a culinary destination? A group of local and well-known foodies recently pondered the future of food in the Blue Mountains over some top-notch local nosh. Last week local restaurant owners, food producers and food enthusiasts gathered to hear industry experts talk about their culinary passions at FEAST Blue Mountains, […]

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From new cafés to upcoming festivals and events or recent track openings, here’s where I’ll be posting about anything that’s new and noteworthy in the Blue Mountains. Any cafés or restaurants listed here aren’t necessarily highly recommended, rather just new to the Blue Mountains with a full review pending. Click the following links for highly recommended restaurants […]

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