Category Archives: Historic

The Ghost of Victoria Pass

By | May 24, 2022

In the 1800’s, if you were travelling down Victoria Pass at night, there was the added risk of encountering the Ghost of Victoria Pass, which haunted Mitchell’s viaduct, also known as the second bridge, on Victoria Pass on the eastern side. Travellers reported that their horses would become restless as they approached the bridge, then… Read More »


Rename Echo Point to Frustration Point

By | May 19, 2022

Echo Point is probably the most visited attraction in the Blue Mountains yet few people have ever heard an actual echo from this location. There are in fact a number of Blue Mountains locations named for and associated with echoes. The traditional method to test for an echo was to shout Coo-ee and wait. In… Read More »


Osborne Ladies College in Blackheath was run like a British Naval Academy

By | May 7, 2022

Osborne Ladies College in Blackheath, ran from 1923 until 1958 and was run like a British Naval Academy. Headmistress, Violet Gibbons, drew upon her own patriotic passion for Britain and the British Navy. Osborne’s best years were the 1920s and 1930s.   In 1923 Gibbins moved her school to its final location on 40 acres… Read More »


Mountains Tales walking tours of Leura and Katoomba

By | May 15, 2022

Mountains Tales is a Blue Mountains owned business offering well researched, quality village walking tours of the upper mountains. Whether you are a mountain local, or a visitor to our backyard, join Sue from Mountains Tales and you will learn so much about our villages. The Leura Story, looks at the history of the village, focusing… Read More »


Explore Tarella Cottage, Wentworth Falls

By | May 11, 2022

Tarella has a long and interesting history. It was built in 1890 by John McLaughlin after he married and had four children with Ada Amanda Moore. They lived in Waverley, Sydney. Tarella was their family holiday cottage, a Blue Mountains retreat, but after John’s death in 1918, the family’s large Waverley home was sold and… Read More »


Tribute to explorers hewn out of Blackheath cliff face

By | April 1, 2023

FROM: Sunday Telegraph, 17th May, 1959 – Full transcript Blue Mountains City Council is supporting a Sydney man’s scheme for a huge rock tableau to be sculptured on a cliff face at Govett’s Leap, Blackheath. The cliff face, opposite Govett’s Leap lookout, is 200ft long and 100ft deep. Sculptors would hew from the rock face… Read More »


Blue Mountains Mystery Tours

By | March 30, 2022

Pete Clifford AKA Paranormal Pete grew up in 3 haunted houses in the Blue Mountains & was encouraged to talk to the ghosts instead of being afraid of them. Pete came to understand that they were the original residents that lived in the house before him, so ghosts & Spirits were a normal occurrence for… Read More »


Blue Mountains Visitor eMag

By | November 1, 2023

Unlocking the Blue Mountains: Your Ultimate Guide with Blue Mountains Visitor eMag! Are you ready to embark on a journey through the stunning Blue Mountains region, one of Australia’s most captivating destinations? Look no further than the Blue Mountains Visitor eMag, your go-to source for all things extraordinary in this picturesque locale. Unveiling the Best:… Read More »


Medlow Bath Dam, Medlow Bath

By | September 29, 2021

Updated 29-9-21 It is believed to be one of the thinnest dam walls in the world being only 106 cm wide at the top. It was the first of the dams built as part of the development of the upper Blue Mountains. Here:   Today, it still supplies water to the middle and upper… Read More »


Battleship Tops and Wind Eroded Rocks Wentworth Falls

By | May 21, 2023

Updated: 15th September 2021 Battleship Tops is a great spot to visit either directly or on your way too for from McMahons Point. Here: Battleship Tops is a group of high peaks located on the western side of Kings Tableland Road between Harris Hill and Pearces Mountain, Kings Tableland. One particular rock formation near… Read More »