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GLENBROOK NATIVE PLANT RESERVE

Turn right (heading west) off the Great Western Highway at Hare Street, Glenbrook and return heading east down the highway and park out the front of the reserve, on opposite side of the highway to the Visitor Information Centre. Since 1969, The Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve and Nursery has been maintained by volunteers from the Australian Plants Society, Blue Mountains Group. Over 2,000 hours of volunteer work per annum preserves a valuable remnant of Lower Blue Mountains flora. A wide range of native plants is for sale in the Nursery. Children enjoy exploring the many tracks inside the Reserve too, bring a picnic lunch. More info click here

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Lennox Bridge

LENNOX BRIDGE 1832-1833, GLENBROOK

Turn right (heading west) off the Great Western Highway at Layton Avenue, Blaxland (McDonald’s on the corner). Oldest bridge on mainland Australia. More info click here

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Bulls Camp Woodford

BULL’S CAMP, WOODFORD

20 Mile Hollow Convict Stockade, 18 Mile Hollow Stockade, Bull’s Camp Reserve. Right hand turn (heading west) off the Great Western Highway Woodford (well sign posted). More info click here

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Charles Darwin Walk Wentworth Falls

CHARLES DARWIN WALK , WILSON PARK, OFF FALLS ROAD, WENTWORTH FALLS

Turn left (heading west) at Falls Road, Wentworth Falls. Historic Charles Darwin walk will have you
following in the footsteps of the naturalist most famous for his theory of evolution. More info click here

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LONE PINE AVENUE, CNR MALVERN ROAD AND BALMORAL ROAD, LEURA

Lone Pine Handshake for Peace, 18 April 2015. The plaque reads firstly in Turkish and then in English:

‘Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…You the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well. Ataturk, 1934′. The plaques were unveiled by His Excellency, Mr Reha Keskintepe, Ambassador of Turkey, in the presence of:

Mr Brian Turner, RFD, President Katoomba RSL
Mr Allan Byrnes, President Central Blue Mountains Rotary
Mr Phil Hammon, Mr Tom Colless, benefactors
Mr Mark Greenhill Mayor Blue Mountains City Council
Assembled Local School Students and Residents.  More info click here

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Leura Cascades

CLIFF DRIVE FALLS & CASCADES

Tourist Drive between Leura and Katoomba. Following the cliff edge from Katoomba Cascades to Gordon Falls, near Leura, this moderate walking track boasts some of the best views in NSW. More info click here

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THE GULLY, GATES AVENUE, KATOOMBA – Aboriginal Place

Turn left (heading west) off the Great Western Highway at the Katoomba turn off. At the roundabout turn right and turn left onto Cascade St. Then turn right onto Gates Ave. The Gully is marked on Google Maps as Frank Walford Park and Catalina Raceway. More info click here

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GUNDUNGURRA TRIBAL COUNCIL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION14 Oak Street, Katoomba.

Phone 02 4782 3081. Take Great Western Highway/A32 and Blue Mountains Drive to Acacia Street, Katoomba.  Continue on Acacia Street and then Oak Street.

For information on Muggadah Tours, Blue Mountains, go to their website . Experience the Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia with the people who have lived here for 40,000 years! Bush tucker, traditional dancing, legends and ceremony. Join Muggadah in Katoomba and see how the Gundungurra Aboriginal people lived and travelled around the Mountains. Muggadah Tours is fully Aboriginal owned and operated.  Contact Jason on 0408 165 951 or 02 47822413 or via the contact form on the Muggadah website.

The Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation has its base in Katoomba, having a core focus on Land, Culture and People within the Gundungurra area. The aims and objectives of the corporation are on their website, click here

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Fairfax Heritage Walking Track

FAIRFAX HERITAGE WALKING TRACK

Turn right (heading west) off the Great Western Highway at Blackheath traffic lights into Govetts Leap Road. Drive 2.5 km. After passing through the park entrance, take the second exit from the roundabout. The lower section of the walking track is accessible from Govetts Leap Lookout. This easy track meanders behind the dramatic cliffs of Grose Valley near Blackheath, in World Heritagelisted Blue Mountains National Park. More info click here

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CAMPBELL RHODODENDRON GARDENS, BACCHANTE STREET, BLACKHEATH

Once in Blackheath village, if heading West, turn right from the Great Western Highway at any street, then take the first left into Wentworth Street. Continue to the end and turn right into Bacchante Street. The Gardens are at the end of this street. The gardens are unique in the world as the exotic Rhododendron genus lives under the native eucalyptus trees. The under storey is a mixture of Rhododendron genus and smaller natives. 18 hectares of land make up the gardens: 8 hectares have been planted with exotics, the rest remains as indigenous native bushland. All maintenance is by volunteers. No government funding is received. The various valleys included in the Gardens have allowed development of a lake and various walking trails give wonderful viewing places. There are many quiet places to sit and contemplate. An accessible lookout gives views across the main valley. Best flowering time is October/November. Autmn colour is also spectacular. Entry to the garden is by gold coin donation. More info click here

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Mt York Historic Site

MT YORK HISTORIC SITE & LOOKOUT, REMNANTS OF COX’S ROAD

Turn right (heading west) off the Great Western Highway onto Mt York Road and continue for approximately 5 kms. Mount York is a natural site with commanding views over the western plains, many layers of Aboriginal and European heritage, several remnants of convict built roads convict roads (now walking tracks). More info click here

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Hartley Historic Site Visitors Centre

HARTLEY HISTORIC SITE

Left hand turn (heading west) off the Great Western Highway. Hartley Court House on the corner. Seventeen buildings tell the story of the village, from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse to Corneys Garage, built in 1945 of timber and iron. Explore the artefacts and family histories, find out about the region’s past at the visitor centre, or enjoy a picnic in the absolute serenity of historic Hartley. More info click here

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TALISMAN GALLERY

Now in the Hartley Historic Site, left hand turn (heading west) off the Great Western Highway. The Hartley Court House is on the corner (Visit the National Parks office and do the self guided tour – see the hologram, hear the stories). ‘The Magic of Metal’ Handcrafted metal art and silver jewellery. Ron Fitzpatrick’s inspired metal creations have been astounding people for years. More info click here

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Maiyingu Marragu Aboriginal Place

MAIYINGU MARRAGU ABORIGINAL PLACE, WOLGAN ROAD, NEAR WOLGAN GAP

The most readily accessible reminder of Aboriginal activity in the Newnes area is the rock art at “Maiyingu Marragu” (Blackfellows Hand), just off the Wolgan Road near Wolgan Gap. The stencilled walls show hand stencils, arm and boomerangs. More info click here

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Turkish Bath Museum - Mt Wilson

THE AVENUE MOUNT WILSON, FOUNDERS CORNER, THE POST HOUSE, ST GEORGE’S CHURCH & CEMETERY, PATRICK WHITE’S HOME (1921-1937)

Mount Wilson & Mount Irvine are uniquely different areas of the Blue Mountains. They are most famous for their private gardens and fabulous trees. More info click here

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KURRAJONG VILLAGE

Off Bells Line of Road. See the Singleton Mill Stones in the centre of the village. ‘To all who would seek the tonic of pure air and the exhilaration of beautiful scenery, the call of Kurrajong is simply irresistible’. W.S. Arnold, Superintendent of Soldier Settlement Scheme. More info click here

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St Matthews Anglican Church Windsor

ST MATTHEWS ANGLICAN CHURCH (FOUNDATION STONE LAID BY GOVERNOR LACHLAN MACQUARIE IN 1817)

Moses Street, Windsor. Foundation stone laid by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1817. More info click here

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