Tag Archives: Blue Mountains

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Cosy, friendly, independent bookstores abound in the Blue Mountains, with well-read staff and shelves teeming with everything from bestsellers to rare finds. Pop into one of these beautiful bookshops or visit their websites to find your next treasured read. MEGALONG BOOKS – LEURA Where: 183 The Mall, Leura NSW 2780 When: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm Phone: (02) 4784 1302 Visit Megalong Books’ website. […]

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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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Don’t let travel restrictions and social isolation stop you from journeying to the Blue Mountains (virtually) for beautiful, locally made gifts. Artisans and makers of the Blue Mountains are coming together online to host a virtual online market just in time for Mother’s Day. The Blue Mountains Makers Mother’s Day Virtual Market will see 40 […]

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While plans to visit the Blue Mountains may have been put on hold due to COVID-19, that doesn’t mean you can’t see it… One of the Blue Mountains’ most celebrated photographers – Gary P. Hayes – has a landscape photography and drone video portfolio to make any nature lover giddy with awe. If these images don’t get you excited […]

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Tapas-style dishes, local produce and seven-days-a-week service is a winning combination for this Blue Mountains restaurant. When guests staying at my Blue Mountains accommodation want to go out for dinner on a Monday or Tuesday night, there’s one place I always recommend. Leura Garage is one of the few restaurants in the Blue Mountains open seven […]

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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 some clued-in local lads with plenty of skill and no pretensions. Yet their Lawson […]

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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 Western […]

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Cortado, Lawson - True Blue Mountains
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It was love at first latte at this cool little café in Lawson. And with the simple, contemporary décor, the quality of the food and friendliness of the staff (and being next door to Bullaburra!) the love was always destined to last. One of the first cafes to kick-start the coffee and dining renaissance in the […]

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Leonard the Lyrebird is an award-winning 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.  Leonard the Lyrebird at a glance: Winner: 2019 Whitley Award for Best […]

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