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September 2018

Blue Mountains Botanica

For more than two centuries the unique vegetation of the Blue Mountains region has provided a rich treasure trove for some of Australia’s most notable botanists and botanical illustrators. By naming and documenting a myriad of plant species they paved the way for today’s conservation and research efforts.

Developed in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Blue Mountains Botanica delves into the history of botanical exploration of the Blue Mountains and features historical botanical illustrations, plant specimen and archival material drawn from the National Herbarium of NSW, the Daniel Solander Library and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

The exhibition will also feature a selection of works by contemporary Sydney and Blue Mountains artists who incorporate botanical elements in their works through a range of media such as drawing, photography and installations. Exhibiting artists are James Blackwell, Tania Bowers, Ona Janzen, Jennifer Leahy and Edith Pass, Angela Lober, Julie Nettleton, Edith Rewa and Jacqueline Spedding.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition developed in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Daily 25th August to 14th October 2018 Next 25th September 2018

Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox - Inferius

Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius is Freedom Wilson’s new body of work which raises awareness of the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid (Diuris aequalis). Orchids have evolved highly complex ecological partnerships over millennia. Beneath the soil each plant species depends on a specific species of Mycorrhizal fungus for its existence. Little is known about the optimal environmental conditions that support these fungi, but many can only grow in healthy ecosystems.

Wilson participated in botanical surveys and field research in the Kanangra Boyd Wilderness area and in Snow Gum habitat near the Wombeyan Caves and Canberra. She was guided in her research by Ecologist and Saving Our Species Project Officer Anna Murphy from the Office of Environment and Heritage.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

Daily 25th August to 7th October 2018 Next 25th September 2018

Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

Can you find the five trail stops? Follow the map to explore the Garden and enjoy fun hands-on activities. Learn about some weird and amazing plants, then answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize! Kits available from the Visitor Information desk.

Daily 1st September to 30th November 2018 Next 25th September 2018

Wild About Waratahs Festival

Celebrate the waratah at the popular annual Wild About Waratahs Festival. This year’s festival includes the state-wide waratah bloom competition, local waratah farm open day, guided tours, spectacular wildflower arrangements and plant sales. Sponsored by Proteaflora.

Daily 22nd September to 1st October 2018 Next 25th September 2018

KTown Funky Horns Jam Session

The K-Town Funky Horns Jam Session will be in the Baroque Room every Thursday, think large group improv ala Miles Davies Electric bands.

Entry is via The Harp and Fiddle Bar and admission is free. 

Various Dates 29th March to 27th December 2018 Next 27th September 2018

Disability Access
Free Entry
Member Event

Blue Mountains Botanical Artists: Beginners and Beyond

This exhibition showcases the botanical art of local scientific illustrator Barbara Duckworth and her students, who meet on the last weekend of the month in the Lawson Library in the Blue Mountains. The majority of the works are watercolours, with pieces also in graphite, pen and ink, and coloured pencils. Subjects include both native and exotic plants, fruit and vegetables. Barbara has been conducting botanical art classes for more than fifteen years. She and some of her students are regular exhibitors at Botanica, one of Australia’s leading botanical art exhibitions.

Various Dates 13th September to 7th October 2018 Next 27th September 2018

Horizons: Three Blue Mountains artists explore landscapes

Horizons celebrates the rich Australian tradition of landscape painting and draws together three very different outlooks, perspectives and perceptions from three Blue Mountains artists. The exhibition features new work from Ruth le Cheminant, Ingrid Russell and Vicki Hersey, all of whom live in the Blue Mountains and who are primarily landscape painters. The motifs within the genre of landscape painting are as varied as the individual artist’s response. Some works have been made en plein air, others have developed in the studio, all have been made with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm.

Various Dates 13th September to 7th October 2018 Next 27th September 2018

Friday Supper Club

Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon.

Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to-dine-to in the fabulous art-deco surroundings.

Featured acts include Blue Mountains favourites Jazz Daiquiri, Kate Woolfe Trio, The Orchard Boat, Willem Sherlock Roorda, Frazer, Ireland and Russell, The Three-Handed Beat Bandits, Kees Steen, Penelope Wells, plus many more.

Book yourself a table with friends, choose something to eat from their menu and extensive local wine and craft beer list, or treat yourself to a cheeky cocktail from the bar.

What better way to start your weekend?

Bookings essential.

Various Dates 6th April 2018 to 29th March 2019 Next 28th September 2018

The Blackheath Art Society June Long Weekend Exhibition

The Blackheath Art Society holds three annual exhibitions which continue to attract critical acclaim and wide audience appreciation.

A wide range of work from figurative to abstract, and landscapes to portraits will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

The June Long Weekend Exhibition is a show is open to members and non-members to exhibit, and the public are encouraged to visit and enjoy the works. First prize is AUD750. Many members are professional artists and the standards of the exhibition are very high, at very reasonable prices. The art works on display at this exhibition are for sale.

You can see the last exhibition's winners on the web site.

Daily 28th to 30th September 2018 Next 28th September 2018

Risque Revue

Indulge yourself at the Risqué Revue, a magnificent production show set in the heart of Paris.

Risqué Revue is a multi-act theatrical production that pays homage to famous French cabaret shows like Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse, and while retaining the integrity of a classic French showcase, it has a very modern twist.

Expect gorgeous showgirls, striking costumes and daring acrobatic acts, all with a distinctly French flavour. Risqué Revue is the ultimate European cabaret experience outside of France.

This acclaimed production features magnificent live vocals, exquisite costumes, striking lighting and projections, along with choreographed production numbers. Not to mention that infamous champagne glass routine!

Book now and find out why they invite you to indulge yourself at Risqué Revue!

On 28th September 2018

Scottish Folk: Alan Reid and Rob van Sante with Wombats Crossing

Alan Reid was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield.

They won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured its stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today’s Celtic musicians.

Alan and Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan’s compositions, Battlefield Band favourites and songs from Rob. The show combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Rob, Alan’s keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both.

On 28th September 2018

Jimmy Vargas and The Black Marias Katoomba

Come down for some jazz tunes. Jimmy Vargas and the Black Marias perform their Hollywood jump and blues repertoire. Don't miss out on what will be a great night!

On 28th September 2018

Member Event

Cello and Chocolate - J.S Bach The Suites for Cello Solo

The Suites for cellos solo are undoubtedly not only the peak of three centuries of cello music, but often described as one of the crowns of music ever written.

Be invited to a concert dedicated to a selection of three of the six suites with an interlude of "Variations on La Folia" by Marin-Marais-Mertens.

The concert setting is a 100 year old converted Church to the Romantic "Gingerbread House". First half of the concert in the left wing of the church - a magnificent dessert on the long oak table in the right wing - followed by the second half in the concert performance space.

This event includes the concert plus Josophan's hot chocolate shot and fine chocolate on arrival, dessert in candlelight at the long oak table at Intermission and take home chocolate.

See website for more details. Time: 7.30pm. Bookings essential.

On 29th September 2018

Woodford Academy Paranormal Tour

Join them for ‘Calling All Ghostbusters’, their retro themed Paranormal Investigation and Experiments event. Historic Woodford Academy is the oldest surviving colonial building in the Blue Mountains, this historic venue is reported as one of Australia's most haunted Inns but on this night you can be the judge.

Each of your hosts has decades of experience investigating, researching and capturing the paranormal. The team also has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity at the site.

The event is designed to educate, entertain and engage you with techniques, experiments that you’ll be fully involved in on the night. For this special event they’ll be going retro with some 80’s themed tech!

On 29th September 2018

Havana Nights

The original Blue Mountains party palace will come alive to the soulful sounds of Cuba when an authentic band of global talent performs Havana Nights under the Live at the Hydro banner.

Globetrotters can musically journey to the exotic locale as they sway to the grooves, dance the salsa, rumba, mambo and cha cha cha and sip on rum mojitos and daiquiris under the ornate vaulted ceiling of the famous Majestic Ballroom in Mark Foy's legendary Palace in the wilderness, the Hydro Majestic Hotel.

Turn the event into an occasion by arriving early for a three-course dinner featuring the freshest seasonal produce sourced by an internationally-trained team of award-winning chefs.

On 29th September 2018

Leura Gardens Festival

Think Spring, Think Leura. The Leura Gardens Festival will have a new format in 2018. This year the festival will be held for six days over two long weekends:

Saturday, 29 September – Monday, 1 October (public holiday weekend) as well as Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October. Festival gardens will not be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2-4 October. However, on these days three public gardens will be open as well as the Art Show and Plant Sales. Please check the Festival website for full information.

Situated in the beautiful Blue Mountains 100 kilometres west of Sydney, the gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The blaze of springtime colour in the gardens attracts visitors from all parts of Australia and overseas.

This year there are 10 open gardens and each garden has its own distinctive character.

Various Dates 29th September to 7th October 2018 First 29th September 2018

Oberon Redfin Roundup

As part of Oberon Outdoor Week, Oberon Council will be hosting the inaugural “Oberon Redfin Roundup” which welcomes anglers of all ages and skill levels to Oberon Dam. The Redfin Roundup is a family friendly one day fishing tournament aimed at reducing the Redfin population in the Dam.

The event will have an array of prizes for largest catch, biggest bag, age categories, and lucky door prizes. Anglers will be able to enjoy a sausage sizzle and demonstrations from participating sponsors. Free camping will be available at the Dam during the long weekend. Registration will be a gold coin donation for one of the local charities.

On 29th September 2018

Oberon Outdoor Week

A must for anyone who loves the outdoors or those looking for some family fun during the school holidays. The week includes an array of events including a family bike day, fishing competition, Fossicking demonstrations and Arts and Heritage walks. The week will also herald the opening of a new camping offering offering and mountain bike trail at Oberon Dam.

Daily 29th September to 3rd October 2018 Next 29th September 2018

On The Stoop and The Lost Mariachis in concert Baroque Room Relaunch

On The Stoop don’t plan on sticking to the rules. Or expectations. Or the straight path. Balkan Gypsy, Mariachi, New-Orleans Swing, Hot Jazz, Spaghetti-Western, Cabaret, Film Score, Cumbia, Ska, Punk-Rock and Funk and few other as yet unidentified genres are all represented in this magnificent ensemble. On The Stoop are making a mark with their own style of refreshingly unpredictable music.

On the Stoop are formed by an outstanding group of players who each bring their personal spark to the band. They share members with bands including Waiting For Guinness, Mikelangelo, The Rhythm Hunters, Watussi, Fat Yahoozah, Facemeat, Chronology Arts Ensemble and a host of others.

On The Stoop come to the Blue Mountains fresh from playing a bunch of regional shows including filling halls in the mid North Coast and electrifying the dance floor at local festivals.

They are excited to be bringing their energetic mix of genres for a super fun night in the newly refurbished Baroque Room with two sets guaranteed to give the new sound system a great work out!

On 29th September 2018

Learn to 4WD, Tag-a-Long Tour exploring the stunning Blue Mountains & Megalong Valley

A great day out for families in your own 4WD or AWD vehicle

with exclusive access to private 4wd trails and trout streams in the stunning Megalong Valley

Learn what your vehicle can do under varying conditions 

$150 per vehicle, $30 per adult, $10 for kids - includes a BBQ lunch.

 

On 30th September 2018

Children Welcome
Member Event

Moon Festival Katoomba

Celebrate the beginning of spring and the opening of the latest Blue Mountains dining sensation - the Miss Lilian Teahouse, with a delicious Asian street foods market, the thrill of drums and live dragon dancing on the edge of the five-star Lilianfels Resort and Spa property.

Located within a two-minute stroll from one of the most recognisable vistas on the planet, Echo Point and the Three Sisters rock formation, the restaurant will be decorated with colourful lanterns.

Foodies can indulge in the flavours of the Orient with dumplings, charcoal skewers, rice paper rolls, banh mi and an assortment of Asian desserts available.

On 30th September 2018

Blue Mountains Radio Players

Come along and enjoy Radio Plays with the Blue Mountains Radio Players.

Performances are before a live audience, using mainly scripts transcribed from original performances of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The repertoire includes plays from such long-running drama series as Suspense, Escape and Quiet Please!; episodes from the comedy series Easy Aces, Baby Snooks and Daddy and Life of Riley; and crimes solved by Sherlock Holmes, Boston Blackie and The Thin Man.

Blue Mountains Radio Players have been performing for about 15 years in venues around Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

Inspired by Juliette Palmer-Frederick, the ranks of the Players have included professional and amateur actors, usually about a dozen in number.

The Players currently perform at 2.30pm on the last Sunday of each month, February to November. Some performances have been recorded and are available on CD.

Various Dates 25th February to 25th November 2018 Next 30th September 2018

Makers Market – Spring Long Weekend Edition

The Makers Market – Spring Long Weekend Edition is a celebration of all things local, featuring products from artists and craftspeople from the Blue Mountains.

Join them on Sunday 30 September for live music, face painting and more, as over 20 stall holders showcase their wares including local art, photography, jewellery, fashion, homewares and natural beauty products.

Come along to support local small businesses and pick up a selection of unique products all in one place.

Free parking, Family friendly, Live music, Face painting.

On 30th September 2018

Gadara Wildflowers - Local Waratah Farm Open Day

This local plantation has around 1,000 waratah plants including the unusual white waratah and is only open to visitors for one day during the Wild About Waratahs Festival. Access to the plantation is by a relatively steep rough track so is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Visitors require sturdy walking shoes. Cut blooms for sale. Entry by gold coin donation.

On 30th September 2018

October 2018

Sensory Concert

People with sensory issues that prevent them from attending public events such as concerts can immerse themselves in a specially designed live music performance.

To be held on a weekday during school holidays to cater for aged care facilities, centres for people with a disability and families, it will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Erica Kennedy on violin, flautist Lisa Osmialowski and Bullaburra concert pianist Grace Kim.

Part of the Sensory Concerts series, it has been designed for people of all ages, especially families with sensory or special needs such as autism spectrum disorder, physical or intellectual disabilities who experience feelings of being overwhelmed by crowd, noise, light, smell and touch.

Performed to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere, there will be a range of seating options and a retreat space where audience members can self-regulate or seek support from the onsite occupational therapist and psychologist.

As an internationally renowned professional concert pianist and music educator Ms Kim knows firsthand the benefits of music to health and wellbeing, and strives to make it accessible to everyone who needs it.

Various Dates 23rd April 2018 to 4th March 2019 Next 1st October 2018

Tree Painting and Art Day

Join their Aboriginal Ranger and participate in some tree painting and other art activities, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich language behind some traditional symbols, and have a unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art in the wild landscape of Blue Mountains National Park.

Various Dates 2nd to 9th October 2018 First 2nd October 2018

Froggy On The Hop

Calling all frog lovers! Come and explore the wonderful world of frogs, where the ranger will provide fascinating insights on these little creatures. See what you can spot in the waters of the beautiful Megalong Valley – so bring a torch, warm clothing and good waterproof boots.

On 2nd October 2018

Bug Hunt Adventure

Get ready to discover some of the planet’s most amazing creatures – bugs! You will be surprised at the many different bugs living right under your feet. Have fun learning all about where they live, what they eat, where they sleep and why they are so important. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and you’re ready for your Bug Hunt Adventure.

Various Dates 3rd to 10th October 2018 First 3rd October 2018

Sticks and Stones

Do you love to get creative in the outdoors? Come and join them for a morning of fun, as they build mini animal shelters, create rainbow mandalas, do the famous stick tower challenge, and more. Make your own little critter to take home.

Various Dates 4th to 11th October 2018 First 4th October 2018

Ghost Tour Katoomba

Shiver in ghoulish delight at deliciously dark tales of murder, mishap, convicts, hangings and more as you explore haunted buildings and abandoned cemeteries on a spine-tingling glimpse behind the rugged landscape to discover the rich and sometimes dark and bloody history of the Greater Blue Mountains region.

Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity in the area and will lead you to the scene of dark myths and gloomy legends.

Travel on the Ghost Bus with the only ghost tour in the Blue Mountains and take morbid glee in the macabre with hair-raising access to unique, forgotten and secret locations that are off limits to the general public.

Visit historic wells, convict graves, a convict stockade and colonial buildings oozing tantalising tales of shadowy figures from the past at Hartley Historic Site. You may even meet the ghost of Victoria Pass "the lady in black".

Various Dates 3rd August to 30th November 2018 Next 5th October 2018

Leura Village Fair

Held for the past 36 years, Leura Village Fair is a celebration of spring in the beautiful Blue Mountains that runs over two days. Designed for all ages, this vibrant event transforms the picturesque village into a bustling strip of market stalls, which are set up among the beautiful cherry blossom trees on Leura Mall and extend into Megalong Street Carpark. The majority of stallholders are based within the mountains and sell everything from fashion, jewellery, homewares and art to beauty products, children's toys and cool-climate plants. Megalong Street Carpark is transformed into an international canteen, with stallholders selling a delicious array of freshly made food, along with fresh local produce, locally made wine and cider, and an amazing selection of providore goods. Local retailers also join in by having sale tables at the front of their shops. Street performers and buskers add to the fun and the Fair also coincides with the final weekend of the annual Leura Gardens Festival – it's a great opportunity to enjoy everything that makes Leura such a unique destination!

Daily 6th to 7th October 2018 Next 6th October 2018

Oberon Community and Farmers Market

Sample a smorgasbord of local produce at The Oberon Community and Farmers Market.

Each month the lovely quaint grounds at St Barnabas Church become a flurry of activity complete with some truly delightful smells which lure passers by to come for a look, and end up leaving with an armload of locally produced goodies.

Around 30 stalls gather under the canopy of trees in the charming grounds all year around, and if you get there nice and early, prepare to be amazed with the diversity of local produce. You will find local fruit and vegetables, knitwear, alpaca products, handmade local crafts, art work, freshly roasted coffee, wines, olives, jewelry, bags, homemade pies and cakes and other baked goods, local eggs, clothing, homemade jams and preserves, essential oils, fresh baked bread, and many other gourmet treats available.

Various Dates 3rd March 2018 to 2nd February 2019 Next 6th October 2018

Evergreen Ensemble

The acclaimed Evergreen Ensemble presents a stunning new concert of baroque and folk music: Snow in Summer.

Evergreen Ensemble pays homage to the music of the windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Isles, as well exploring their Scandinavian ties. This is Scottish baroque music as you’ve never heard it before, arranged for electric viola da gamba, celtic harp, baroque violin, theorbo and the angelic voice of Claire Patti. Audiences will be enraptured by the ancient vocal and instrumental melodies interspersed with new compositions inspired by these beautiful rugged northern landscapes.

Featuring four female musicians, the ensemble comprises – Shane Lestideau on baroque violin; Samantha Cohen on theorbo and baroque guitar; Claire Patti with Celtic harp and voice; and Jenny Eriksson on acoustic and electric viola da gamba.

The October 2018 tour is also an album launch of a studio recording of the Snow in Summer repertoire. Alongside 18th Century sonatas you’ll hear arrangements of folk songs – sparse, ambient string textures, plucked notes resonating like stars in a clear nights sky, a voice soaring high above.

On 6th October 2018

The Dawn Wall - Blue Mountains (Matinee) and (Evening)

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.

More than just a climbing movie, The Dawn Wall is an epic and inspirational story that will take you into the hearts and minds of the protagonists and is to be enjoyed by all.

On 7th October 2018

Watercolour Workshops with artist David Wardman

A workshop for beginners and more advanced participants. A one day structured workshop, an intensive but highly enjoyable process aimed at raising the skills and confidence of the participant. You will study the materials and techniques to discover new ways of seeing the world around you, and to translate that into successful water colour painting.

They look at how to find compelling subject matter almost anywhere. They study the nature of light in painting that defines and gives the image life.

David Wardman is an accomplished watercolour artist, as well as conducting workshops he has given talks in watercolour illustration at Sydney University, UTS, and Sydney College of the Arts.

Student numbers are limited to six participants, the day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, the workshops are held on the first Sunday of each month. A light lunch and refreshments are included. Some materials are provided , please contact David for materials requirements.

Various Dates 1st July 2018 to 2nd June 2019 Next 7th October 2018

Children's Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Become a bird nerd as you go in search of feathered friends with birdwatching pro Carol Probets.

See if you can spot colourful parrots, shiny blue fairy-wrens, lively honeyeaters, tiny finches, amazing bowerbirds and all the shy birds that hide in the bushes. Find out what they eat and where they nest. Learn to recognise some of their calls. If your group is lucky you might see a nest or a bower. More than 100 types of birds have been seen in the gardens. How many will you find?

Suitable for children 6 years+. Bookings essential.

On 9th October 2018

Morning Melodies: The Feelin' Groovy 60's Show

The Feelin' Groovy 60's Show with the Cool River Band

Be entertained with timeless classics from the era of the Summer of Love, Motown, the British Invasion and Swingin London plus a few perennial Aussie favourites.

Morning Melodies is a monthly live music program at Blue Mountains Theatre that presents an entertaining selection of evergreen favourites performed by accomplished singers and musicians.

Ticket price includes a Devonshire-style morning tea at 10am prior to the concert.

On 10th October 2018

Kylie's Calamity - Garden Theatre for Children

Kylie the Kangaroo is a bit of a hoarder and loves to explore the treasures left on the roadside by humans but when her paw is cut and her friends the echidna, the Swift parrot and the Green and Gold Bell Frog are affected, Kylie looks for help.

The performance looks at litter and illegal dumping, and the impact of wildlife specific to the Blue Mountains. There are plenty of interesting facts and interactive opportunities for the audience to be involved in solving the issues of illegal dumping and litter. Bookings essential

Daily 11th to 12th October 2018 Next 11th October 2018

Bijou

A café-bar in Paris 1933.

Wine flows, people chat, flirt and laugh while the music plays, but there’s a new face in the crowd.

A ravaged figure in faded finery and fake pearls, enters. The evening takes an unexpected turn, as ‘Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Demi-Monde, unleashes a string of intimate, colourful memories.

Music of Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant accompanies her stories and songs.

This sumptuous cabaret peeps into the private, sensual world of a riveting Parisienne d’un certain age.

Bijou will surprise you at every turn. ?

>>>Reviews<<<

'BIJOU is a triumph; a glorious and uplifting look into the underground artistic world of post-war Paris.'

Review by Matthew RavenThe Buzz

 

 

 

'...a journey through time and space that is always entrancing... Four and a half stars'

Review by Sam Baranthemusic.com

 

 

'...memorable musical moments... truly beautiful harmonies...'

Review by Kim TownsendSydney Scoop

 

 

Daily 12th to 13th October 2018 Next 12th October 2018

Disability Access
Member Event

Woodford Academy Ghost Tour

Built in 1834 during the convict era, the property has undergone many transformations and been used for varied purposes including as a highway inn, police post, private residence, guesthouse, sanatorium and a school.

The building is now in the care of the National Trust and looked after by volunteers.

However, after absorbing myriad emotions, from wretched pain to sparkling elation and everything else in between, the sandstone seeps paranormal activity.

The grisly mood for your dead-of-night ghost hunt at the oldest surviving colonial building in the Blue Mountains will be set with bloodcurdling stories of ghosts, murder, mishap and mystery.

Ghost hunting equipment will boost your already heightened senses as you tune in to phantom whispers at each building, including several not open to the public.

Any spooky shenanigans will be detected by the ghost hunting equipment supplied on the night: EMF meters, Ovillus 111, full spectrum video, night vision video, Talker 11 and Patrick Boo Buddy Bear OR bring your own handheld equipment.

Your host Pete Clifford has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity at The Venue, Pete will also add another eerie dimension to your supernatural soiree when he conducts experiments. Creepy!

HIGHLIGHTS:

1830s Historic colonial buildings

Servants kitchen

The attic

The ghost of 20 Mile Hollow "the Lady in White"

Fairfax Room

School Room

Tap Room

PRICE INCLUDES:

National Trust contribution

Light snack and drink

Museum entry

Use of Ghost Hunting Equipment

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Arrive 15 minutes prior to start time

Book early for Friday & Saturday to avoid disappointment.

Private groups bookings available conditions apply.

On 13th October 2018

Member Event

Abercrombie River 4WD Adventure

13th & 14th October

2 days/1 night, staying at Abercrombie Caves Country Cabins (or optional camping)

Explore the rugged Abercrombie River National Park by 4WD - we learn how to fossick for Blue Sapphires in the Vulcan Forest and we fish for trout in a mountain stream.

Email me for an Information Sheet.

On 13th October 2018

Children Welcome
Member Event

Blue Mountains to Mudgee Region - Wine Tour

Western Wine Tours is offering a Wine Tour to the magical Mudgee Valley wine region.

Book a full day wine tour to the Mudgee wine region of NSW.

Enjoy wonderful local wine tasting, while appreciating the  local produce that is prepared fresh for your lunch.

The Wine tour departs Katoomba at 9.30am and arrive back at 5.30pm and includes:

Wine tasting at 4 wineries.

Lunch at a spectacular vineyard.

Gin, Vodka & Schnapps tasting.

The day finishes off with some locally crafted cheese tasting.

Pick up and drop off can be arranged at your accommodation from Wentworth Falls through to Lithgow.

On 13th October 2018

Member Event

The Rhythm Lounge

DJ Old Spice take you on an all-vinyl musical journey through soul, funk, latin, disco and reggae grooves from the '60s and '70s.

 

The Rhythm Lounge is on the second Saturday of the month, in 'extended play' from 7pm until late, in the cosy Avalon Cocktail Lounge. Expect a blend of mellow tunes, ideal for having a cheeky cocktail and a chat, to tracks that will make you want to get up and boogie. Entry is free.

 

Why not book yourself a table in the dining room for dinner with friends? A bar menu will also be available.

 

For more information call 02 4782 5532 or email dylan@avalonkatoomba.com.au

Various Dates 10th March 2018 to 12th January 2019 Next 13th October 2018

Free Entry
Member Event

Resilience

Resilience is a charity Alternative music festival raising funds for mental health. Head to Lithgow on Saturday, October 13 and see some quality artists while raising money for an important cause.

Featuring:
Tonight Alive, Hellions Clowns, The Chats, Fortay At Large featuring Top Dawg, Red Bee, She Cries Wolf, Hanny J, Datura Curse, Earprojector, Kalle Kalkowski, Madam Fatale, Quoll, Be Faced, K.T.B. Project, Acton Wickens, Jimmi Carr Band, Stu G's Cloak And Dagger, Kaziah and Swell Triplex

On 13th October 2018

Family Fun Day

An afternoon of family friendly games, community stalls and other activities including a petting zoo, face painting, and jumping castle.

Come and have a picnic, enjoy the music, try croquet, bowls, netball and other sports.

Time: 1pm to 5pm.

On 13th October 2018

National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival

The National Cool Climate Wine Show teamed up with Mayfield to create the National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival. World class wines from local and national cool climate vineyards, the very best from local gourmet food producers – together in the spectacular location.

They have a vibrant live music scene and the best of their local bands will keep you entertained throughout the day.

On 13th October 2018

Spring Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds and learn about their habits. Spring is a time of great activity. Most of the migratory species have arrived from the north, birdsong reaches its peak, and many species are nesting or feeding young.

Get some tips from Carol on how to use binoculars and how to spot birds. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding. Participants to bring walking shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, bottle of water, notebook/pen, binoculars, raincoat for light rain, (camera optional). Bookings essential.

Various Dates 13th October to 24th November 2018 First 13th October 2018

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

The Garden is one of the world's largest privately owned cool climate gardens and is home to a private garden, and Mayfield Garden which is a year-round visitor experience.

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival offer visitors a rare chance to experience the expansive private family garden beyond Mayfield Garden. See the vibrant spring colours across over 160 acres (64 hectares) of manicured garden.

Private Garden is made available for 16 days each season (summer, autumn, winter and spring) and there's something for everyone with the Cafe and Produce Store serving a garden and paddock to plate menu from Mayfield produce and local suppliers and the Nursery selling a range of cool climate plants and some kids activities too.

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney and 15 kilometres from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Private Garden Open Days are not to be missed.

Please check the website for further details.

Daily 13th to 28th October 2018 Next 13th October 2018

Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction

A café-bar in Paris 1933. Wine flows, people chat, flirt and laugh while the music plays, but there’s a new face in the crowd.

A ravaged figure in faded finery and fake pearls, enters. The evening takes an unexpected turn, as ‘Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Demi-Monde, unleashes a string of intimate, colourful memories. Music of Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant accompanies her stories and songs.

This sumptuous cabaret peeps into the private, sensual world of a riveting Parisienne d’un certain age.

Bijou will surprise you at every turn. ​

Daily 13th to 14th October 2018 Next 13th October 2018

Blue Mountains Wine & Wildlife Tour

Award winning Western Wine Tours is offering a half day Wine & Wildlife Tour to the magical Megalong Valley.

Book a half day wine & wildlife tour to Megalong Creek Estate & Dryridge Estate located in the majestic Megalong Valley.

Enjoy wonderful local wine tasting, while enjoying a local cheese platter and look for the wildlife.

The Wine & Wildlife tour departs Katoomba at 1.30pm and arrive back at 5.30pm and includes:

Afternoon tea at the Hydro Majestic Pavilion, Medlow Bath.

Afternoon cheese platter consisting of local produce at Dryridge Estate vineyard.

Wine tasting of some of Megalong Creek & Dryridge Estates wonderful wines.

Pick up and drop off can be arranged at your accommodation from Wentworth Falls through to Blackheath.

Look out for some of the wildlife that may be in the Megalong Valley for some fantastic photo opportunities

On 14th October 2018

Member Event

Winmalee Artisan Markets

Winmalee Artisan Markets showcase local handmade products: Art, Craft, Glass Makers, Candle Makers, Dressmakers, Locally Produced Honey, Body and Bath Products, Plants, Preserves and Sauces, Quality Meat and Produce, Jewellery and Food vendors.

Various Dates 11th March 2018 to 10th February 2019 Next 14th October 2018

Blackheath Growers Market

Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Blackheath Growers Market. Meet the growers and producers of a fantastic array of foods.

It is run between the hours of 8am and 12noon on the second Sunday of each month from February to December. (Closed January)

Various Dates 11th February to 9th December 2018 Next 14th October 2018

Drawing and Painting Classes – Oil Painting

These sessions are tailored for those that want to start learning how to draw and paint.

Students that already have some experience in painting and would like to attend the classes are welcome to attend and work with their preferred media and on the subjects that they would like to improve.

Topics covered during the term include basics of drawing, line, shape and tone. Measuring proportions, use of perspective (linear and aerial) and the use of light and shadow. Understanding color and color mixing. Understanding how to control hue, value and saturation when painting in full color.

See Eventfinda for more information.

Various Dates 15th October to 3rd December 2018 First 15th October 2018

Blue Mountains Spring Walk

Spend a magical day in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah this spring.

Explore the beautiful vistas, cool climate species and seasonal flowers in bloom. The day will start with a welcome from Curator Manager Greg Bourke, who will update you on the many exciting projects and activities happening at the Botanic Garden. You will then be whisked away by the Volunteer Guides for an exciting walking tour of the Botanic Garden, to learn about its history and flora and fauna.

Guests will also be treated to a shuttle bus ride to visit hard-to-reach corners of the Garden.

After a delicious lunch from The Potager, you will be able to explore the Garden at your own leisure before the return journey to Sydney.

Includes return transfers from the Sydney Central Station to Mount Tomah.

On 19th October 2018

Mama Kin Spender

Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender.
It’s a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies.

Mama Kin Spender’s songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart rending ballad. With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender will challenge you to raise your voice in defiance of the status quo.

Mama Kin Spender have been flat chat since the release of their album ‘Golden Magnetic’ in February 2018, cramming in a national album launch run amidst shows at Perth Festival, WOMADelaide, Summersalt, Nannup Festival, Fairbridge Festival, SOTA, and Woodford Planting Festival. Fresh off the back of their USA, Canadian and Irish tours, Mama Kin Spender will be rounding off 2018 with some Australian festivals and show dates.

On 19th October 2018

Annual NSW Iris Society Show

Part of the National Iris Convention hosted by the Iris Society of Australia, enjoy the wonderful displays of many types and varieties of Iris, plus floral art, handcraft, photographs and art depicting Iris and Iridaceae.

There will be potted Iris, Rhizomes, seeds, craft items, and cottage plants on sale.

Members of the public (all Iris growers) are encouraged to enter an exhibit, at no charge, see the Iris Society website for more details.

Various Dates 20th October 2018 to 20th October 2019 First 20th October 2018

Through Different Eyes

Join Head Gardener, Dave Gray, as he leads you through the beautiful gardens of Everglades, looking at all aspects of garden conservation and his own points of interest.

Dave has worked for Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and was also Head Gardener at Vaucluse House, to name just a few of the important roles in his long career.

A delicious two-course cold buffet will be served by The Friends of Everglades in the gorgeous Art Deco Tea Rooms.

Time: 12.30pm. Bookings essential.

On 20th October 2018

Contemporary Gallipoli

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery will showcase the touring exhibition Contemporary Gallipoli, an exhibition originally created to mark the ANZAC Centenary in April 2015.

The exhibition includes a diverse array of new works created by both emerging and established artists from Canakkale, near the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and Australia, whose work unites to take the viewer on an experiential journey of remembrance, and a search for meaning beyond myth and memory.

Featuring concepts of friendship and healing, the works comprise music, painting, drawing, printmaking, hand-built ceramic, sculpture, textile, mixed media installation, Artist books, wearables, photo media and digital animation.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Ros Auld, Cenk Beyhan, Meredith Brice, Stephen Copland, Mark Davis, Ihsan Doğrusöz, Kate Downhill, Dianne Jones, Burt Muller, Susan O’Doherty, Toby Roberts and Chris Sainsbury. Exhibition curated by Meredith Brice.

A Macquarie University Gallery Touring exhibition curated by Meredith Brice.

Daily 20th October to 25th November 2018 Next 20th October 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Regional Tour: Notturno (Blackheath)

The musicians of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are world leaders in the performance of music from the baroque era. Known for their vibrant and dynamic performances, they breathe 21st century life to centuries-old music, played on period instruments just as the composers intended for their masterpieces. For example, the string instruments for this program use strings made of sheep gut rather than the steel strings you would hear a modern orchestra play on.

The program the Australian Brandenburg Ensemble brings to you is titled Notturno which simply means ‘night’. This name reflects the evocative and sometimes dreamy mood of the music presented here. It features the unusual combination of guitar, flute and strings which is a blend of a decidedly exotic flavour. The ensemble showcases some delightful chamber music from the Classical period with works by Mozart and some of his guitar-playing contemporaries: Luigi Boccherini, Anton Diabelli and the Bohemian composers Johann Caspar Mertz and Wenzel Matiegka.

The musical program for this tour has been curated by the Brandenburg’s principal flute player, Melissa Farrow.

Concert duration: approximately 80 minutes

On 23rd October 2018

Blue Fringe Arts Exhibition

As part of Mental Health month, the twenty-sixth Blue Fringe Arts Exhibition showcases work by local artists and crafts people, offering prizes for excellence.

Blue Fringe celebrates the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness and celebrates excellence in Arts, sculpture, photography and textiles. Through this exhibition, art is used to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, raise awareness of mental health and promote a more socially inclusive community.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, 27 October at 12 noon, at Wentworth Falls TAFE. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments.

Artists are invited each year to display original artworks for exhibition and often for sale. Prizes are awarded to artists for their works in four categories; Art, Sculpture, Photography and Textiles.

Open 10am to 4pm on Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 October 2018.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Daily 24th to 26th October 2018 Next 24th October 2018

Black Night Feast

The Foundations, on the site former Portland Cement Works, has become a tourist destination in recent months since the painting of the silos by world famous artist, Guido Van Helten.

The first event of it’s kind at the site will bring together a world class entertainment program, amazing fire roasted meats served feasting style.

On 26th October 2018

Don McGlashan in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains

One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has announced a return to Australia for four intimate shows in October.

Don McGlashan is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters, artists and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand’s “Top 100 Songs Of All Time”.
His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam, to art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to platinum selling and internationally recognised band The Mutton Birds.

He has worked and performed with Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Johnny Marr, Wilco, Brian Ritchie and members of Radiohead and has scored a number of feature films, including Jane Campion’s “An Angel At My Table”.

McGlashan’s songs have been described by Q Magazine as ‘from the same cerebral power-pop mother lode as Big Star and early REM’.

During this tour of NZ and OZ, McGlashan will be performing recent songs, along with plenty of gems from his sprawling back catalogue, McGlashan will play a string of solo shows, joined on this date by legendary drummer / percussionist Chris O’Connor (Phoenix Foundation) to give you an up-close and unique concert experience.

On 26th October 2018

Steampunk Halloween Dinner Carrington Hotel

Set against the backdrop of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, this will be a timeless, elegant affair where you will get to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, including tea and coffee.

This year’s event will be Steampunk themed-the Ballroom of the Carrington will be decked out in alternative world where steam, technology and 19th century design mix against a backdrop of adventure, mechanical machinery, airships and parasols.

Come dressed in your finest Victorian-era dress, including steam powered prosthetic, pocket watches, top hats, waistcoats, corsets, ray guns and gas masks. Of course, brass goggles are a must.

Or come dressed in your spookiest Halloween costume or come as you are.

We will have some fun Pre-entertainment before the main show, more details to come soon.

The Main show with Judy O’Brien will commence at 6pm and 8pm.

The night will conclude with a panel discussion on spiritual tips with Judy O’Brien and Pete Clifford.

Price Includes:  A delicious three course dinner, including tea and coffee served with dessert. An intimate Mediumship show with renowned psychic Judy O'Brien, including question time.

Dress: Dress in your Steampunk attire, Fancy Dress,Halloween for some great prizes.

Bar: Is available to purchase soft drinks, beer, wines, spirits and cocktails.

Accommodation: Carrington Hotel is offering a reduced rate for those booking the Dinner or there are other Hotels close by, email us for a list of accommodation and contacts if you are wishing to stay the night.

Book now:  Contact Blue Mountains Mystery Tours Ph: 0247 512 622 Or 0418 416 403

Payment can be made via credit card over the phone or bank transfer.

On 27th October 2018

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Lithgow Halloween

This year’s Lithgow Halloween has a jam packed entertainment program with the great 80’s band The Cockroaches announced as the headline act.

The band is excited! There will be lots to entertain the whole family with two live music stages, Ghost Train rides with Lachlan Valley Rail, Markets, high flying aerial shows, street performers and amusement rides for the young and brave.

Join in the Street Parade with the Samba Trombada drumming band and take part in the best dressed competition. Each year so many people put a huge effort into creating the most amazing costumes for Lithgow Halloween and this year there will be a great chance to show off their creations.

On 27th October 2018

Oktoberfest Katoomba

Join the locals in the beautiful Blue Mountains for the annual Oktoberfest.

Enjoy traditional music by live local bands which is sure to get you up and dancing. Feel like you are actually in a German beer hall with souvenir steins, let your tastebuds be tantalised with authentic German cuisine, and lots more.

Plenty of fun for the whole family!

On 27th October 2018

Steampunk Halloween Dinner Carrington Hotel

Halloween. The time of year when the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its thinnest. Join Blue Mountains Mystery Tours with special guest Medium Judy O’Brien where she will deliver heartfelt messages from spirit, passed loved ones, guides and Angels.

Judy O’Brien is a well respected Medium in the industry and also runs her own successful business in Minchinbury. Instantly you will sense Judy’s genuine, honest and caring approach as she connects to spirit and delivers messages to guests during the Mediumship show.

Set against the backdrop of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, this will be a timeless, elegant affair where you will get to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, including tea and coffee.

This year’s event will be Steampunk themed-the Ballroom of the Carrington will be decked out in alternative world where steam, technology and 19th century design mix against a backdrop of adventure, mechanical machinery, airships and parasols.

Come dressed in your finest Victorian-era dress, including steam powered prosthetic, pocket watches, top hats, waistcoats, corsets, ray guns and gas masks. Of course, brass goggles are a must.

The Main show with Judy O’Brien will commence at 6pm and 8pm.

On 27th October 2018

Springwood Growers Market

Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Springwood Growers Market. Meet the Growers and Producers of the fantastic array of foods.

Supporting local Farmers and Producers. You will see that what you buy is fresh and lasts. Tantalising your tastebuds with fresh Australian foods is wonderful. Come out, buy fresh produce and show your support.

Various Dates 28th January to 23rd December 2018 Next 28th October 2018

Back to Hartley - Family Fair

Back to Hartley is a community event to promote their heritage and raising funds for local charities/not for profit groups.

Entry is AUD5 per car, all monies raised will be donated to a local community group in the Lithgow district. 2018 is Lithgow Aged Care.

Back to Hartley is a day of family fun and entertainment with something for every age member of the family to enjoy. A free Jumping Castle for all children. A snake show, Sally Anne's Dancers, Lithgow Living History - get lashed as a convict, pony rides and much more.

Explore the Village and visit the Talisman Gallery enter the fire poker challenge, the fantastic work of local Indigenous artists in the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery, purchase Irish gifts for Finn's Celtic Store, view the village from the highest point on the site at the Granite Tors, look inside the convict cells and courthouse or try the Rowson's River Walk.

The event showcases a variety of hand made arts, crafts and local produce.

On 28th October 2018

Ghosts of Woodford Academy Halloween Special

Halloween. The time of year when the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its thinnest.

Join Paranormal Pete and the Ghostly residents for a night of eerie Ghost stories, Sensing and Psychic experiments to see if you can make contact with the Woodford Academy Spirits on this Sacred night.

Paranormal Pete has years of experience with Spirit communication, Psychic development and will lead you safely into The Spirit World and back to the present.

The night is hands-on and you will be using several different methods of Spirit communication on the night, old-school, Victorian, Spiritual along with modern techniques.

You will also have access to the latest cutting-edge Ghost hunting gadgets which may enhance your chances.

On 31st October 2018

November 2018

Scenic World presents Dinosaur Valley

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth. Now they’re back!

Dinosaur Valley is coming to Scenic World this summer, bringing the Jurassic rainforest to life with prehistoric dinosaurs from November 1 to January 28.

Awaken your sense of adventure with friendly Dinosaur Rangers and discover more about these fascinating creatures in the heart of the Jamison Valley.

Everyone will have a roaring good time with free events, daily ranger meet and greets and a range of kids’ activities.

Experience Dinosaur Valley for yourself with a Scenic World Discovery Pass including unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway.

Daily 1st November 2018 to 28th January 2019 Next 1st November 2018

John Reischman, Eli West and Eagle and The Wolf

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

Most of all, he’s an understated visionary, the kind of master craftsman whose music is virtuosic without ever being flashy and who is renowned for his impeccable taste and tone as an artist. John Reischman embodies the true spirit of acoustic music in the 21st century.

Eli West is a Seattle-based multi-instrumental musician and interactive graphic designer. With an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, his playing both grounds and pushes the ensembles he is involved with. He has released three records as half of the new/old-time duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, which tours regularly throughout the US and Europe.

On 1st November 2018

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

During the Annual Rhododendron Festival the Blackheath village comes alive with entertainment and street stalls. The Grand Parade will take place on the first Saturday in November.

The Annual Art Show will be held at the Blackheath Community Centre with all items are for sale with over 300 exhibits including traditional and contemporary works.

During the festival, there will be varied stalls, activities and music for all the family.

Other activities during November include the Rhodo Black and White Ball, the Rhodo Festival Revue, and the Rhodo Festival Golf Classic. The Campbell Rhododendron gardens are always open for inspection.

Please visit the facebook page for more information.

On 3rd November 2018

The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees

Practice your disco grooves and help with Keepin’ the Fever Alive! by dusting off your retro costume when The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees performs the greatest hits of the adored `70s sibling trio at the original Blue Mountains party palace.

Straight from Vegas, the covers band featuring lookalike Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb will rock the Blue Mountains escarpment when it recreates hits like Staying Alive, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep Is Your Love, and Jive Talkin'.

Turn the event into an occasion by arriving at Mark Foy's ``Palace in the wilderness'' for dinner to feast on a three-course meal featuring the freshest seasonal produce sourced by an internationally-trained team of award-winning chefs.

On 3rd November 2018

Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch

The Carrington Hotel's Anuual Melbourne Cup Charity lunch will be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018. We will be holding a live horse auction, donation item auctin,sweeps, raffles and more.

This year's charity will be Cancer Wellness Support, a non-profit, non-denominational charitable organisation commited to helping cancer clients and their familys retain their sense of control and balance through innovative, intergrated and holistic therapies and education, whilst at all times giving hope for facing challenging circumstances.

 

Tickets; $90.00 and include a 3 course lunch and complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival

Book with reception today on 02 4782 1111 or on carrington@thecarrington.com.au

On 6th November 2018

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Blue Mountains Artfest

Blue Mountains Artfest is an annual weekend art festival that celebrates the talents of local and regional Australian artists and artisans. Celebrating its 36th year of running, the festival showcases work by local and regional artists and crafts people, spanning a range of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

Whilst it remains a delightfully popular event amongst the local community, it also provides a wonderful platform for emerging artists to gain public exposure and opportunities for the community to witness and experience the plethora of arts right here on the doorstep, in the picturesque Blue Mountains.

Whether you are looking to purchase and admire a large selection of quality artworks and handcrafts, indulge yourself in the delicious food and barista style coffee, meet the artists and artisans, enjoy the entertainment, or join in the opening night festivities, there is something for all arts and culture connoisseurs at Blue Mountains Artfest.

Daily 9th to 11th November 2018 Next 9th November 2018

Cello and Chocolate - Vivaldi, Vivaldi, Vivaldi for Two Cellos

Enjoy a wonderful performance with Georg Mertens and Trish McMeekin in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House on either Saturday 10 November or Saturday 17 November 2018.

Each event includes the concert plus Josophan's hot chocolate shot and fine chocolate on arrival, dessert in candlelight at the long oak table at Intermission and take home chocolate.

See website for more details. Time: 7.30pm. Bookings essential.

Daily 10th to 17th November 2018 Next 10th November 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees - Spring

Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don’t store honey, they are the world’s most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat.

On 17th November 2018

The Kransky Sisters: A Very Kransky Christmas Springwood

Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their home town of Esk in Queensland 'The musical sisters' traditional Christmas festivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy. For this very special reason, they're about to let you into their world of eggnog, pantyhose and painted chokoes.

From Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to the Twelve Days of Christmas, these dysfunctional sisters take family get-togethers to a new level. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese graters to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party ever!

*Please note transaction fees may apply at time of booking

On 23rd November 2018

Task Force 72 Model Ship Association Annual Regatta

Come and watch as members from the Task Force 72 Model Ship Association from around Australia gather to display and run their 1:72 scale model vessels on Wentworth Falls Lake.

The detailed models, which are owned, built and maintained by members, range from warships to commercial vessels such as liners and tugs which range in size from less than 20 centimetres in length to over 4.6 metres in length.

Free viewing, however the running of the models is limited to members only.

Time: Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm.

Daily 24th to 25th November 2018 Next 24th November 2018

December 2018

Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert at Katoomba

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Phoenix Choir's annual Christmas concerts are a regular feature of the Blue Mountains calendar.

Rheinberger’s, The Star of Bethlehem, written in 1890, is a delightful Romantic choral cantata too rarely heard in Australia. The libretto, written by his wife Fanny, tells the Christmas story of shepherds, angels and the wise men following the guiding star through a series of songs and pastoral choruses.

They are joined by local soloists Briony Davidson (Soprano) and Henrik Eneberg (Bass) to premiere a new English translation and new arrangement of this work by Rowen Fox for wind and piano chamber ensemble, choir and soloists. Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Cor Anglais all emphasise the exotic lyrical style of this charming work.

On 2nd December 2018

See Santa arrive by Steam Tram

Santa completes his annual trip from the 'North Pole' to the Museum in style.

At 11am and 2pm on both days, Santa greets the throng of excited children from the the heritage listed 19th century Sydney Steam Tram*. His elves escort Santa to the 100 year old Roundhouse for a personal chat with all the children and are all ready with smiles for your own personal photos. Then enjoy all the regular activities at this fascinating Museum, including unlimited rides on the Tram* and the delights of brilliantly restored engines and carriages, many open to explore. View model rooms, art works, many small exhibits and more. Don't forget to collect a free gift bag for the children!

Everyone can enjoy this complete experience with the sights and sounds of bygone eras. A kid's quiz will keep the older ones amused, and the cafe is open for cold drinks and ice creams.

Normal Museum admission fees apply.

Note: *subject to operational restrictions, that may include high fire risk or adverse weather conditions.

Daily 8th to 9th December 2018 Next 8th December 2018

January 2019

Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery

During the warm summer days of January, two Life Drawing Summer Schools will be held in the beautiful grounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge. If you want to explore your creative side in this magical setting, enrol now in one of these special four day courses.

The package includes three or four days (9am to 1pm) of life drawing, with an experienced tutor, models, use of easels, and morning tea. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced drawers.

Bookings are essential.

Daily 4th to 7th January 2019 Next 4th January 2019

Lindsay Lou and Band with Smith and Jones

Lindsay Lou and her band keep one foot in The Great Lakes State of Michigan with the soul of Motown, and one in Music City, USA: Nashville, TN. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin session, and also have honed in on a sound that’s entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat.

As a vocalist, Lindsay falls into an elite category, along with her band of equally gifted musicians playing their own brand of Americana, Lindsay Lou is a not to be missed act.

On 5th January 2019

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

A riotously, raucous Summer Festival about service, appetites and balancing acts - spanning the full reach of comedy - from Shakespeare's dark satirical masterpiece Measure For Measure to Goldoni's Italian dish of laughs Servant of Two Masters.

Botched marriages, dastardly disguises, cunning plots, Men who are wildly unqualified for their jobs and unruly women pushed to the point of performing miracles. Join them this season for a feast of comedy - both light and dark - that will hopefully prove that out of chaos comes progress and satisfaction.

This delightful season features some of Sydney’s best and freshest comedic actors; George Zhao, Yalin Ozucelik, Adele Querol, Gabriel Fancourt, Aanisa Vylet, Samantha Ward, Shingo Usami, Meg Clarke, Andrew Hearle, Jess Loudon, Mackenzie Fearnley, Steph Kelly, Claudia Ware and Janine Watson.

Daily 13th to 28th January 2019 Next 13th January 2019

Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel

The Lady Luck Festival was formed in 2009, created for the rockabilly and vintage enthusiasts, showcasing 'customs and culture' from the fabulous 1950's.

By day, think fun, fashion, food and entertainment for the whole family with free admission to bands, market day, hot rod and vintage car show, swing dancing, public dance lesson and a jumping castle for the kids.

By night, get a babysitter and frock up as the party begins with a 'Diner and Dance' party with live bands, dance performances and much more. More details to come.

On 20th January 2019

Wines of the West Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Part of the Summer Harvest Festival, the twelfth Wines of the West Festival will be held again in the opulent Grand Dining Room of the Carrington Hotel.

This event showcases many of the leading wineries, breweries, and distillers from Central West regions. There will be tastings, opportunities to purchase wines, entertainment, food stalls, and fun throughout the weekend for all to enjoy.

Featured are wine exhibitors from the Mudgee and Orange regions. Make the most of your chance to talk to the makers of fine award winning wines!

Various Dates 23rd January 2016 to 24th January 2019 Last 24th January 2019

Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention Glenbrook

Join in the fun at the Australia Day celebrations and the famous Annual Gnome Convention in the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook Park.

There will be a flag raising ceremony, market, community and information stalls, free on-stage entertainment for the whole family, children's rides, Gnome competition, Aussie family fun activities on the oval, and much, much more.

Ask anyone in the mountains - it's a great day - a country fair with extra flair! Gnomes come from all over to join the fun!

On 25th January 2019

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

On selected Sundays, visitors may ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage. This will be pulled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 which has been revived for the Museum's 20 minute return trip (subject to change/operating conditions).

Other operating days (see website) will still see all day rides on the ever popular Steam Tram from the 1890s.

Enjoy the two operating model rooms and explore the beautifully restored locomotives and carriages from past eras.

A World War I Honour Board commemorates local railwaymen who enlisted for the armed services. Read the stories behind these young men's lives.

Entry prices include Museum entry and steam train or steam tram rides.

Various Dates 14th February 2016 to 31st January 2019 Last 31st January 2019

February 2019

Rydal Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Rydal Show is known as 'the biggest little show in the west'.

There is something for everyone with yard dog trials, wood chopping, prize winning arts and horticulture. See the best wool, the best cattle, and the best vegetables the district can produce. See the horse riding events and enjoy the Rydal Show country dining room where there is a two course lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea. Snacks are available at the canteen and liquid refreshments at the Bar.

Experience a real country show in a great bush setting on the edge of the village of Rydal, just 20 minutes from Lithgow.

On 2nd February 2019

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Blue Mountains Ukulele Group presents one of the most unique and fun events of the year with the Annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival.

The festival is the largest ukulele festival in the world with over 100 acts across nine stages and thousands of visitors taking in the ukulele fun.

The festival opens Friday night at 7pm, with a dinner and show (bookings required at the Carrington Hotel). All are welcome to the performances and free workshops all day Saturday and then free Jam and Strum session on Sunday – bring your ukulele!

This free event is run by fun loving volunteers who believe that there are two types of people in the world - those who play the Ukulele and those who want to. One thing for sure, the many visitors who come along can't help tapping their feet, singing along and having fun.

Daily 8th to 10th February 2019 Next 8th February 2019

Irish Mythen in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains

Irish Mythen’s music is so powerful and beautiful you can’t help being instantly engaged.

Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live shows which are a thing of wild emotion as she pours heart and soul into every word she sings. She has a way of delivering her songs that leave you in awe of her vocal talent and remembering the show, the songs and the performer long after you’ve walked away.

She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey, as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show.

Her latest release, the self-titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and SOCAN. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world-wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of ‘Must See Artists’.

On 9th February 2019

Oberon Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Oberon's annual Agricultural Show returns.

Enjoy plenty of action and activity at the Oberon Show. A colourful showcase of country life with plenty of action and activity including dog championships, equestrian events, ute competition, stationary engines, fireworks, and a wonderful display of produce, flowers, and craft in the pavilion.

Children can enjoy rides and sideshow alley as well as the animal nursery. Saturday's program ends with spectacular fireworks. Appetising refreshments are also on offer.

On 10th February 2019

Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

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If it's heritage, then the Oberon Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair has it.

The fair is held in Oberon, with event set up, and the tractor trek, and car and truck road runs (entrants only), on Friday.

Saturday has a street parade at 10am, followed by all the action at the Fair Ground. Sunday starts with the early bird tractor trek and displays until noon. No entry fees on Sunday due to reduced activities and displays.

Free entry for exhibitors, on site camping available (limited space available).

Featuring historic machinery, vintage and classic car displays, steam traction engines, steam portables and stationary engines, vintage trucks and lots of tractors. Tractor treks, fun tractor pull, car and truck rally, the flying pieman organ, market stalls, drum maker, timber working, military displays including Lithgow Living History Group.

On 10th February 2019

The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

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Relive the 1920’s golden age of extravagant balls, decadent high teas, vintage vehicles, period comedies and swingin’ music at The Blue Mountains’ Roaring 20’s and all that Jazz Festival in February.

This annual month-long event pays tribute to an opulent era when Australia’s first tourist destination held a decade-long party, celebrating breathtaking architecture, iconic art and outrageous music. Don your best 20s frock and ‘kick up your heels’ in the Charleston Challenge, eat to excess at Australia’s highest (unofficial) Long Lunch, or revel in the jazz, blues and ragtime music that shaped the era (or pick up a ukulele yourself and strum along at the Blue Mountains Ukelele Festival). There are vintage cars, music, dancing and fun for the whole family!

On 23rd February 2019

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Roaring 20s High Tea

Be transported back to the Roaring Twenties and experience true decadence at Bygone Beautys’ special Traditional High Tea Supreme event Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.

Through an opulent display of sparkling diamonds accompanied by a complementary glass of champagne, visitors will experience the full charade of 1920s grandeur set amongst a lavish backdrop of an old world dining room. Tables adorned with an impressive array of shimmering diamonds, sparkling champagne, as well as silver pots and fine bone china, guests will be amazed at just how many diamonds will fit on the table.

While waiters are dressed in top and tails to deliver this decadent delight on an afternoon tea tray mobile, guests will be transported back to the leisure of decades past. This year enjoy even more decadence with all the inclusions of a Traditional High Tea Supreme, including an additional hot course and complimentary champagne.

Tickets include a complimentary glass of Champagne (over 18 years only). Bookings essential.

On 24th February 2019

March 2019

Portland Art Exhibition

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Annual Portland Art Exhibition. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of artists to present and show their work.

The Society has donated two-thirds of the exhibition's profit back into the community. Money raised this year will go towards mental illness.

Daily 2nd to 3rd March 2019 Next 2nd March 2019

Blue Mountains Music Festival

Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is a three day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring selected artists from around the world and across Australia. In a variety of venues in Katoomba, see and hear world class musicians in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that has been raved about by both performers and audiences.

All weekend the site is alive with the sounds of acoustic guitars, dobros, mandolins, fiddles, accordions, concertinas, bouzoukis, banjos, pianos, drums, percussion, flutes, pipes, whistles and voices. Food and craft stalls, the poet's brunch, children's entertainment and performance workshops fill out the on site atmosphere.

The festival precinct is a short stroll from Katoomba railway station and the buzzing strip of cafes, restaurants and shops that lead you down to the site.

See website for more details.

Daily 15th to 17th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

Lithgow Agricultural Show

The Lithgow Agricultural Show will bring together all the popular exhibitions plus Side Show Alley. The Show weekend will be packed with things to do and see including Monster Trucks and Rolly Polly Cars, Outback Stockman Show, Machines Parade, Wood chopping, Rural Fire Service Challenge District Brigades, plus a spectacular Fireworks display on Saturday night.

Daily 15th to 16th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

Gateway 2 Garden

The Gateway to Garden run returns for the second year and everyone is ready to run. Mayfield and D2F teamed up again to host the G2G, which allows runners to challenge themselves through Mayfield’s elevated terrain while exploring the spectacular garden.

Ben St Lawrence, two-time Olympic 10 kilometre runner, and multi-winner of the City 2 Surf and Sydney Running Festival is the Gateway 2 Garden Ambassador and will look to win the event again in 2019.

Explore new tracks with a choice of a five or ten-kilometre run, and the chance to win exciting prizes. It will be a perfect day out for the whole family. Dogs are welcome! Reserve your place in the race! Register Now.

On 24th March 2019

April 2019

Lower Blue Mountains Artists Trail

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12 artist studios that make up the Blue Mountains Spring Artists Trail are being opened again to the public across the mountains from Lapstone to Linden. See how art is made and the environments in which creativity and inspiration flourishes.

The artists who are opening their doors create paintings, textiles, photographs, mosaics, glasswork, sculptures and more! Set your own pace for a leisurely and inspiring art crawl.

For full event details, visit the Arts Trail website for information about each artist and studio, check out the Blue Mountains Artists Network Facebook page for regular updates.

On 7th April 2019

Sculpture at Scenic World

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Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 35 artworks from local, national and international artists.

Perfect for art lovers, families and couples alike, Sculpture at Scenic World has something for everyone. Interactive installations, subtle artworks that blend seamlessly into the environment, and loud masterpieces with bold statements – you name it, Sculpture at Scenic World has got it.

Meander along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway as you take in the stunning artworks and scenery, accessed by none other than the world’s steepest passenger train, the Scenic Railway. Better yet, top it off with a visit to Sculpture Otherwise, an exhibition of smaller sculptures held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a perfect arts escape, with a number of weekend packages on offer with inclusions such as breakfast, Wifi, high tea and more. All Sculpture at Scenic World tickets include unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and the new Skyway, in addition to Sculpture Otherwise.

Plan your autumn arts escape now!

Various Dates 12th April to 12th May 2019 First 12th April 2019

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

During the 16 day Autumn Festival the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the Chapel, the Chook Hilton, the 80 metre Cascade with Temple and much more. In Autumn, their row boats are available on Mayfield Lake (at no additional cost) and interactive games are scattered throughout the garden for your family and friends to enjoy. There is a courtesy bus making several stops around the garden which is great for less mobile visitors.

Mayfield’s Café, Kiosk and Produce Store will be open from 9am – 4.30pm.

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 10 minutes from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival is not to be missed.

Daily 13th to 28th April 2019 Next 13th April 2019

Open day with rides on heritage steam train

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Bring the family along to enjoy the stunning display of remarkable exhibits including unlimited 20 minute rides on the "Valley Heights Mixed" in an 1890 open ended "Cowboy" carriage hauled by 1899 Stephenson Steam tank engine No 2 "Stevo".

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages, and inspect memorabilia from over 100 years of railway action at Valley Heights. View exhibits of rail artefacts and paintings, local history and photographic display plus the shop stocks a selection of books, DVDs and other souvenir items. Kids can do the fascinating 10-question quiz and check answers on the website.

On 21st April 2019

Springwood Community Quilt Show

The Springwood Community Quilt Show is looking forward to celebrating its eleventh year in 2016.

A great showcase for the fabulous quilts being made here in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, the show is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers and they all hope you can join them on the last weekend in April.

Allow time to relax at the Quilt Show cafe where light lunches along with Devonshire teas will be available all day.

Buy a chance to win the beautiful quilt in the raffle. The quilt this year is "Lots of Dots", the award winning pattern by Chris Jurd. Profits raised from the Quilt Show go to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service and Textiles Studies at Springwood High School.

Time: 10am to 4pm daily.

Daily 26th to 28th April 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Ironfest

Ironfest is 'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge', celebrating working and playing with metal.

An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge, Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal. Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac Day, Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors, machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from all over Australia, and the world.

Ironfest is imagineering with a metal and clothing focus: bringing together designer makers from all around Australia

Daily 26th to 27th April 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Springwood Foundation Day

Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2019!

Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become.

Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers, and amusement rides.

Non-stop fun and entertainment for all the family!

On 27th April 2019

May 2019

Leura Harvest Festival

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With a focus on fresh, regional, and sustainable, the Leura Harvest Festival is set to take place in Leura Mall during autumn, when the village is at its beautiful best!

This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

Up to 75 stalls will line Leura Mall, selling seasonal food and sharing expertise on all things fresh, regional and sustainable. You can also expect a number of fun competitions open to all age groups, including the popular Scarecrow Competition, Pet Chook Show and the Great Australian Chocolate Cake Competition. It's a great community event for the whole family.

On 3rd May 2019

LithGlow

LithGlow Illuminating Industrial Innovation will be a weekend showcasing and celebrating Lithgow’s remarkable story of industrial innovation dating back to the late nineteenth century.

LithGlow will be held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday May 11 - 12. With many of Lithgow’s museums and industrial locations offering special exhibitions, tours and displays for LithGlow, it will be a weekend not to be missed with something to entertain the whole family.

Various Dates 11th to 12th May 2019 First 11th May 2019

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow

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Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes - the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery.
Built in 1906, the refinery was an ambitious undertaking by the British based Commonwealth Oil Corporation to exploit the Wolgan Valley’s vast shale reserves. The use of 19th century technology and the importation of lower priced crude oil into Australia finally closed the works in 1932.

All that remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are the industrial ruins and building foundations dispersed across the historically significant landscape.
This half day walking tour will explore the fascinating history of the once thriving shale oil industry, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, the remote township of Newnes and the Wolgan River.

On 11th May 2019

Voices of Eskbank, LithGlow

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Discover the history of the Lithgow region through the Eskbank House Museum collection. One of the earliest house museums in the country, Eskbank House Museum holds many objects that reflect the important developments of the region, including the role of influential industrials Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins Brothers.

From 6pm Saturday, May 12 experience the Voices of Eskbank at night. Photographs from the archives will be projected on the buildings, giving you a unique insight into the people and moments that shaped the region.

The Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Entry fee applies. Projections will run from 6pm until 10pm Saturday and can be viewed from Inch Street.

Daily 11th to 12th May 2019 Next 11th May 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

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The Glow Worm Tunnel trail is one of the most iconic walking tracks in the greater Lithgow region with its draw card - the spectacular display of illuminating glow worms in the historical Wolgan Valley Railway Tunnel No.2, and unmissable panoramic views across Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Described as being one of the most expensive privately funded engineering feats of its time, the Wolgan Valley Railway was the brainchild of chief railway engineer Sir Henry Deane in 1906 and served the nearby Newnes Shale Oil Refinery for the first few decades of the 20th century. The shay engines and rail lines; as well as the dedicated people that worked the railway, have long since gone and nature has now reclaimed much of this once revered and celebrated railway line.

Following the historical footprint of the Wolgan Valley Railway, the hike traverses often steeply graded and densely forested slopes onto spectacular panoramic views of the Wolgan Valley. The nine kilometre trail meanders through fern tree laden gorges, sandstone pagodas and canyons and mountain streams to the aptly named Glow Worm Tunnel.

On 12th May 2019

bentART

bentART was established in the Blue Mountains in 2005 to celebrate works in the visual arts of Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) artists.

Each year over the June long weekend, the annual four day bentART exhibition is held in the Blue Mountains.

bentART is focused on encouraging, promoting and supporting the visual art of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people of Australia. The sexual orientation of LGBTIQ artists naturally informs and influences their perspective and vision. It is this orientation and view of the world that is encouraged by bentART.

All artworks are judged on their artistic merit. All artworks are for sale.

Check out the bentART website for further details.

On 14th May 2019

Ultra-Trail Australia

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Ultra-Trail Australia is four day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre and 22 kilometre trail run through the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The UTA start/finish event hub is located at Scenic World, Katoomba.

The UTA festival includes a one kilometre kids trail race and the UTA 951, a 1.2 kilometre stair climb from the base of the iconic Furber steps to the Ultra-Trail Australia finish line at Scenic World. There is also an event expo, athlete forums, film festival and more.

Ultra-Trail Australia is a truly unique and spectacular event that sees the world's elite athletes, recreational runners and first time ultra-runners converge to take on a breath-taking and challenging course. UTA is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

Daily 16th to 19th May 2019 Next 16th May 2019

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

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Grab your two and four legged friends and join other animal lovers for a fun filled day at the Million Paws Walk.

Whether you have pets in your family or not, you're invited to join the pack, walking with tens of thousands of people and pets throughout Australia to help raise vital funds for the RSPCA, the animals in their care, and to promote responsible pet ownership.

Walk or be walked around Melrose Park and be a part of dog agility tests, get training tips and information for the care of dogs of various ages and sizes and talk to dog behavioural experts who will be there to give you advice on discipline and handling of larger breeds.

A fun day out for families and people of all ages with a real festival atmosphere, and a variety of demonstrations, exhibitions and stalls selling merchandise and food.

Daily 17th to 19th May 2019 Next 17th May 2019

Waste2Art Lithgow

Celebrating the re-use and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.

Artists from the Lithgow Area present their art work made from recycled material. From school children to adults and sewing to welding, this exhibition is an eclectic colourful mix that never ceases to surprise and delight. Winners from this competition will be entered in the regional exhibition.

Come to the opening to meet the artists and be inspired to create your own recycled masterpiece.

Daily 18th May to 9th June 2019 Next 18th May 2019

Teddy Bears Day Out

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Children aged 16 and under admitted free provided they bring their Teddy Bear along for the fun (and are accompanied by a paying adult).

All Bears are specially invited to join the Bears Only 'Teddy Bear Express' for a short adventure on the Steam Tram.

Join the 'Spot The Teddies' competition for the chance to win a prize. Hidden Bears around the site are just waiting to be found. Grab an entry form and take photos of the tricky Bears as you wander!

Mama and Papa Bear hand out a confectionery pack to every child.

Five to fifteen year olds can enjoy the Kid’s Trivia Quiz – 10 interesting questions to answer as you stroll round the Museum.

All the Museum’s regular great exhibits and activities are also available, including unlimited rides on the Steam Tram, plus model rooms, steam locomotives and carriages to explore. Climb aboard the 'Caves Express' that showcases first class travel in the 1930s. Learn about the 'Call Boy' and the part the 1914 Railway Depot played in the local community and the development of inland NSW.

A great day out for all.

On 19th May 2019

Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

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Varuna the National Writers’ House is hosting exciting Sydney Writers’ Festival events from 27-30 April in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, featuring bestselling national and international writers. The festival also gives the community a chance to hone their writing skills with a selection of workshops and panel discussions.

Daily 27th to 30th May 2019 Next 27th May 2019

June 2019

The Rotary club of Springwood's Antique, Vintage and Collectables Fair

Antique dealers from around Australia come to Winmalee High school every first weekend in June to showcase and sell their wares, ranging from old jewellery, silver, small furniture, glass ware, porcelain laces, old tools, all to name a few. This year vintage Ford cars will be on display on Saturday.

Refreshments will be on sale for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

On 3rd June 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

The Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Running Weekend includes events for the whole family, all on some of the most pristine trails and in one of the most amazing National Parks in Australia.

The event caters for runners and the entire family. Camping and catering is available on site.

Some of the events held over the weekend include:
Marathon: 42.2 kilometres of ultimate trail running. From the challenge of Pipeline Track to the glory of the Glow Worm Tunnel. A superb running experience. This is one of the toughest Trail Marathons in the country. Be sure to check out the course profile beforehand. Half Marathon: The most amazing Half Marathon experience in Australia - taking runners through the spectacular Glow Worm Tunnel. The terrain is challenging and exciting as you negotiate small trails that lead to the Glow Worm Tunnel. A quick 10 kilometres downhill on the way back!

Daily 16th to 17th June 2019 Next 16th June 2019

Winter Magic Festival

The Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba, Blue Mountains is when one of Australia's most famous towns is taken over by local artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community. The Winter Magic Festival is a chance for everyone to participate and have fun!

The main street of Katoomba is closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrians. This allows the whole town to become a performance space. Streets are lined with market stalls and everybody is encouraged to dress in costume.

Winter Magic won't just be the name of Katoomba's premier festival during winter, but a description of what will be experienced when the town will unleash a mammoth mix of surprises once again. The Grand Parade is always popular.

Travel directly to the Festival via steam train or simply take a ride to Mount Victoria and back when you get here.

On 21st June 2019

Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Leura Blue Mountains

Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

This year's winning painting was James Brennan's portrait of artist and comedian Anh Do.

Winning subjects over the years have included Kerry Packer, Amanda Vanstone, Edmund Capon, Shane Warne, Dame Edna Everage, John Howard and Pauline Hanson, Robbie and Gai Waterhouse, Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Kennett, Cardinal George Pell, Tony Abbott, and Ian Thorpe.

Now known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment, with great appeal to people from all walks of life, the reason why the exhibition of finalists keeps breaking attendance records wherever it is shown.

Celebrating its 25th, the exhibition is being brought to the Blue Mountains' by Dr Jerry Schwartz, the owner of the Fairmont Resort and Leura Golf Course.

On 24th June 2019

Wollemi Artisan Market

Join the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market Winter Edition for live music, gourmet food and stalls from local designers, artists and makers.

The markets will showcase a range of hand crafted gifts, homewares, prints, jewellery, clothing, stationery, beauty products, toys and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local and support your creative community.

On 30th June 2019

July 2019

Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

There's so much to do at Mayfield this Winter School Holiday! Every day of the July School Holidays, from 9am to 4.30pm, they have lots of fun and action for the whole family.

First ever curling event: It’s the Olympic Sport meets Lawn Bowls with daily games and weekend competitions for great Mayfield annual garden passes. Come out and see the crazy winter sport played with stones on “ice”!

Warm up in the Wood Fire Garden at their free S'More Station every weekend during Winter Fest.

Sections of The Hawkins’ Family Garden will be open during the Winter Festival. The last garden entry is 3pm, and the garden closes at 4.30pm.

Daily 8th to 19th July 2019 Next 8th July 2019

August 2019

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, the most significant engagement by Australian Forces during the Vietnam War on 18 August 1966. Each year on the closest Sunday, Vietnam Veterans gather at the War Memorial for a commemorative service and wreath laying.

This year the event will start with the parade and service in Macquarie Road Springwood from 11am to 12.30pm. In the afternoon from 4pm to 4.45pm, proceedings continue with the Beating the Retreat Ceremony with Lithgow Pipe Band at the War Memorial.

On 11th August 2019

Art in the Mountains

An exhibition by Award Winning Artists of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney (CASS).

This is an opportunity to experience the inspired and unique work of the region's artists. The wider Sydney Basin is home to many creative artists.

Artists are from the Central Coast and the leafy North Shore; the Eastern Suburbs and inner Sydney Harbour communities; south to St George and Sutherland Shire; and west to the Nepean and Macquarie Towns; and onto the Southern Highlands district of Bowral.

Artwork will range from portraits, landscapes, streetscapes, still life, abstract and realist paintings with a contemporary edge – as well as prints. There will also be the opportunity to commission special pieces.

CASS is a non-profit-group run totally by volunteer lovers of art.

Various Dates 13th August to 1st September 2019 First 13th August 2019

The Annual Blue Mountains Elvis Festival

The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival's main venues this year are the Wentworth Falls Country Club and the Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, with additional shows at the Family Hotel and other venues in and around Katoomba.

The Festival includes four major shows at the Wentworth Falls Country Club and seven major shows at the Palais Royale, plus the Sing Like Elvis competition and the opening night dinner dance.

Jack Gatto, Marcus Jackson, and Sean Spiteri will headline the festival this year.

Please refer to the website for further details and the programme.

Daily 15th to 18th August 2019 Next 15th August 2019

Blackheath Choir Festival

The Blackheath Choir Festival is always held over the last weekend in August. The choirs will perform individually, between them singing ancient, modern, classical, folk, pop, comedy, opera, jazz, cabaret, traditional, chamber, gospel, world music and original compositions. See the web site for more details.

'The friendliest choir festival in the world' is not a competition - it's all about the music!

Daily 23rd to 25th August 2019 Next 23rd August 2019

September 2019

Upper Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Over 10 artist studios that make up the Upper Blue Mountains Arts Trail are being opened again to the public across the mountains from Woodford to Katoomba. See how art is made and the environments in which creativity and inspiration flourishes. The artists who are opening their doors create paintings, textiles, photographs, mosaics, glasswork, sculptures and more! Set your own pace for a leisurely and inspiring art crawl.

Organise an arts tour, meet the bus at Katoomba railway station and let TCP Day Tours take care of all the driving. For information about each artist and studio, check out the Blue Mountains Arts Trail website or Blue Mountains Artists Network Facebook page for regular updates.

10am - 4pm

Various Dates 1st September 2018 to 2nd September 2019 Next 1st September 2019

Annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival

Now in its 32nd year, the festival showcases the beauty and diversity of gardens in the heart of the Blue Mountains.

Gardens open this year are a testament to the hard work, imagination and love of nature shown by their owners, inviting both appreciation and admiration. There is something of interest to all. The festival exhibits a diverse collection of landscapes, established trees, flowers, natives, and shrubs set amidst the unique beauty of the mid mountains.

Keep an eye out for students sculptures throughout the gardens.

A wide variety of plants are for sale, including plants propagated by the school community, at all the gardens.

Various Dates 8th September 2018 to 15th September 2019 Next 7th September 2019

Blackheath Flower and Craft Show

Come along to the 96th Blackheath Flower and Craft Show 2016. Enter flowers (exotic and native), home baked cakes, slices, biscuits, jams, chutneys and pickles into this wonderful traditional show.

Admire the abundant floral displays and variety of craftwork including needlework, jewellery, knitting, spinning and quilting. There is a very large section for children. Photography is also now included and there is a scarecrow completion. All entries in all classes at the show are free.

Enjoy the performances of local choirs and craft demonstrations. Pick up great gardening tips from the mini workshops and discover the plants you can grow in your garden.

Relax over a light lunch or Devonshire Tea.

Various Dates 23rd September 2018 to 22nd September 2019 Next 21st September 2019

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