Tag Archives: Katoomba

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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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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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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. ** UPDATE: THE WALKING TRACK TO MINNEHAHA FALLS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Please check the Blue Mountains City Council website for the latest updates.  I adore this waterfall and swimming hole, not least because of its cute name. […]

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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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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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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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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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