Category Archives: Historic

About the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

By | February 15, 2024

Explore the Natural Wonders of the Blue Mountains: A Guide to Australia’s Iconic Landmark Unveiling the Splendor of Blue Mountains’ Rock Formations and Wilderness For an unforgettable outdoor adventure, set your sights on the Blue Mountains, where nature’s wonders abound. Marvel at breathtaking rock formations, meander through charming villages, and delve into epic wilderness experiences.… Read More »


Visit Mount Victoria and discover the unexpected

By | February 15, 2024

Discover the charm and history of Mount Victoria, the unique gem of the Blue Mountains. As the highest and most westerly point before descending, this historic and heritage-listed village offers unexpected delights. And if you’re longing to play in the snow this winter, Mount Victoria is the place to be! Explore antique wares, quirky gift… Read More »


Remains of 19th century watermills in Kurrajong listed on the State Heritage Register

By | December 19, 2022

An historically important site containing the remains of some of the earliest examples of watermills in NSW has been recognised for its state significance by the NSW Government. Heritage NSW Executive Director Sam Kidman said the Singleton Watermills Archaeological Site in Kurrajong was now listed on the State Heritage Register. “This is a fascinating site,… Read More »


Mount Victoria Museum

By | November 20, 2022

The museum is in a heritage listed 1868 Mount Victoria Railway Station which was part of the railway line built across the rough terrain of the Blue Mountains. It’s a glimpse into what life was like back then, with interactive displays and hands-on exhibits for people of all ages. The museum also has an extensive… Read More »


The Blue Mountains FISH and CHIPS trains

By | September 22, 2022

The Blue Mountains had 2 trains, one called FISH and the other CHIPS. The FISH name continued to be used in timetables until it was removed in the 24th July 2004 timetable, but was reinstated with the 4 September 2005 timetable. Sadly, the name disappeared from timetables again in 2014. Running for around 150 years… Read More »


Ask Roz Blue Mountains range of eMags

By | September 12, 2022

Ask Roz Blue Mountains produces a wide range of environmentally friendly and sustainable visitor information eMags. Our eMags are viewed by more people than any other visitor information service in the greater Blue Mountains. 


HISTORY ~ “Wear tennis shoes to avoid possible death”

By | June 22, 2022

Those visiting the “Fish River or Binda” caves, now Jenolan Caves, in the 1880s were encouraged to wear tennis shoes to avoid possible death. Not the most positive tourism message. According to “The pictorial guide to the Blue Mountains of New South Wales and to the districts between Parramatta and Bathurst including the Jenolan Caves”… Read More »


HISTORIC ~ Rock-Fall kills worker on road

By | June 20, 2022

On the 16th of November 1953, Kenneth Joseph Cleary was killed while constructing the road into the Kanimbla Valley. The SMH of 17th November 1953 reported “ROCK-FALL KILLS WORKER ON ROAD KATOOMBA, Monday. Kenneth Joseph Cleary, 21, of Macquarie Road, Camden, was killed instantly this afternoon when two tons of overhanging rock fell and crushed… Read More »


Stanley Bignell

By | June 11, 2022

The “Stanley Bignell Walkway” at Wentworth Falls Lake was named after Stanley Bignell who was a tireless community pioneer working with Blue Mountains City Council to introduce a number of sporting opportunities for youth of the Mountains. He served in the RAAF in World War 2 with the rank of Flying Officer and was taken… Read More »


Murder at St Hilda’s Katoomba

By | May 23, 2022

St Hilda’s Church of England, Katoomba was designed by prominent 20th century architect John Burcham Clamp, a partner of Walter Burley Griffin, and built by a Mr. Johnson of Leura. At about 4.00 pm on Sunday 10th May 1959, John (Jock) Reynolds, a 36 year old cook from the Gearin Hotel, accompanied by his baby… Read More »