Category Archives: Historic

Mt Rennies Tunnel, Katoomba, under Narrow Neck Plateau

By | September 4, 2018

It’s said there are nearly 100 kms of tunnels in the cliffs near The 3 Sisters, Katoomba. Coal mining began in that area in 1878 and there were about 40 mines at various times. The mining history in the Jamison Valley, Katoomba around the Scenic Railway and Narrow Neck is incredible. One of the early… Read More »

What I Love About Holidays in NSW

By | March 29, 2017

Visit NSW has rolled out their new video ad campaigns for NSW destinations. “What I Love About Holidays in NSW” The campaign What I Love About Holidays in NSW is the latest digital marketing campaign and hosted on www.visitnsw.com/ilovensw. Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “To help visitors plan their next NSW getaway, Destination NSW has launched five short… Read More »

The Paul Harris Memorial Lookout, a Blackheath treasure

By | March 12, 2017

The Paul Harris Memorial lookout is a surprise. It’s hidden and seldom visited and would be the only lookout in the Blue Mountains that is viewed from a shelter. The Paul Harris Lookout is marked by a concrete and steel structure providing shelter to visitors taking in views over Blackheath Glen and Shipley Plateau. This lookout… Read More »

The 2017 Charleston Challenge ~ Hydro Majestic Hotel

By | February 5, 2017

The original Blue Mountains party palace has taken up the gauntlet (most elegantly of course) thrown down by the town of Bexhill in England by announcing a return of the annual world record retro dance attempt in February. The Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge will be held at the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath on… Read More »

Red Hands Cave walking track – Glenbrook

By | January 25, 2017

This track has most likely been used by the Darug people for thousands of years, and you too can walk in their footsteps. Red Hands Cave walking track, in the Glenbrook region of the Blue Mountains National Park, winds through remote bushland to one of the best Aboriginal stencil galleries in the Sydney Basin. From… Read More »

Orphan Rock, Katoomba

By | July 9, 2017

DO NOT attempt to climb Orphan Rock, the track is closed and EXTREMELY unsafe. Orphan Rock is that amazing rock formation near Scenic World. In 1878 John Britty North developed his coal mine below the cliffs at Orphan Rock and Katoomba was soon recognized as an important mining town. Around this same time Sydney society were… Read More »

FEATURED LOOKOUT – Spooners Lookout, Katoomba

By | August 27, 2017

To the immediate east of Echo Point is Spooners Lookout and it’s about a 200m walk from the Visitor’s Information Centre and is wheelchair friendly. Pass through the archway, next to the Echo Point Visitor Centre, and you’ll soon be surrounded by soaring eucalypt forest, bird calls and fresh mountain air. Keep an eye out for the… Read More »

1940’s Land of Fair Dinkum ~ A short travelogue.

By | December 31, 2016

This is a great look back at Australia and how some saw it. It’s a Fair Dinkum travelogue. “Made in 1948, “Land of Fair Dinkum” is a travelogue about Australia. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com… Read More »

Horse Troughs in the Blue Mountains

By | November 17, 2019

This is an amazing story. The following information is from the Blue Mountains Local Studies site. The story begins in 1859 when George Bills was born in Brighton England. He came to Australia as a young man, and with his brother established a wire mattress manufacturing business in Kent St Sydney, which operated successfully over… Read More »