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True Blue Mountains creator Jodie McLeod has written a children’s book set in the Blue Mountains called Leonard the Lyrebird, and she needs your help to bring it to life!  Enough with the faux third-person intro… I have written a children’s book and I’m appealing to all True Blue Mountains readers to help turn it into a REAL THING by […]

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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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When you’re on your own, it’s all about the coffee. With kids, it’s: “How can I keep these rascals – I mean, loves of my life – entertained while I enjoy a moment of peace?” Thankfully a handful of café owners in the Blue Mountains understand this parental plight and cater for both children and adults, […]

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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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Nostalgic sweets and a spacious outdoor play area make visiting this café a fairytale experience for families. Run by the owner of Josophan’s Fine Chocolates and Café Madeleine in Leura, Jodie Van der Velden, The Gingerbread House in Katoomba is a celebration of all things sweet and fun. Housed in a 100-year-old renovated church, inside it’s a […]

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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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The double reward of spectacular waterfall views and an equally impressive swimming hole make Minnehaha Falls in Katoomba a must-visit. I adore this waterfall and swimming hole, not least because of its cute name. The name actually derives from a fictional Native American woman, Minnehaha, and roughly translates to mean “waterfall”, though is often incorrectly […]

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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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Fantastic pizza, a great atmosphere, craft beers on tap and the high chance of live music later on make this pizza place in Katoomba one of the Blue Mountains’ best casual eating spots – perfect for families and groups of friends. The pizzas are all named after towns in the Blue Mountains and are listed […]

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