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Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or you’re a coffee-loving local, it pays to know where to get the best brew in the Blue Mountains. Here are my top coffee picks… Dbl Ristretto, Springwood Each coffee at Dbl is made with a double ristretto – the creamiest part of the espresso – to give a strong […]

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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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When it’s winter in the Blue Mountains, sometimes all you want to do is snuggle up by an open fireplace and drink a hot chocolate or a glass of red. Here are some of the best cafés and pubs where you can do just that. Wisteria Place, Leura Serving Campos coffee, all-day breakfast and now open for […]

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Get ready to be engulfed by the Grose Valley at this awe-inspiring lookout. The beauty of this lookout is that the vantage point of Pulpit Rock noses out into Govett’s gorge, giving you the feeling of being completely engulfed by the cliffs and valley. There are three levels to the rock, and since each offers […]

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Govetts Leap is the second most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains behind Echo Point (famous for its views of the Three Sisters) but it’s no less incredible. Govetts Leap lets you take in sights of the Grose Valley, which IMHO is the most spectacular-looking valley in the Blue Mountains for its wrap-around sandstone cliffs, […]

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A touch of adrenaline makes this lookout more than just a good view.  With Mount Blackheath’s more famous sister lookout – Hargraves Lookout – so close by it’s tempting to bypass this one when exploring the upper mountains, but I urge you not to. Mount Blackheath Lookout offers not only spectacular views over the pastoral paradise […]

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***NOTE: THIS RESTAURANT CLOSED DOWN JUNE 2017*** City fare, Blue Mountains feel… this Blackheath restaurant offers the best of both worlds.  When Vesta opened a few years ago I was so relieved. Here was a restaurant that tasted like we were eating in Sydney but felt like we were eating in the Blue Mountains. There’s that sophistication to […]

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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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The last thing Anonymous needs is another blogger telling the world about how good it is, but I’m about to. The café’s photogenic fare served on wooden boards makes it an Instagrammer’s paradise, which probably accounts somewhat for the fact it’s almost always packed – that, and it’s located on the can’t-miss-it corner of the Great […]

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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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