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April 2019

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

During the 16 days of 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 rowboats 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 to help everyone see it all.

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

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 15 minutes from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival is not to be missed.

Daily 13th to 28th April 2019 Next 21st April 2019

Sculpture at Scenic World

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 25 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 Next 21st April 2019

Blackheath Art Society Easter Members’ Exhibition

The first of Blackheath Art Society’s annual exhibitions, the Easter Exhibition is a showcase for BAS members. The Society’s members are known for the quality of their art and for the range of mediums and styles in which they work. Many are represented in local fine art galleries such as Day Fine Art, Gallery Blackheath, Gallery One88 and Lost Bear.

Several BAS members are also national and international prizewinners and have been represented in major awards such as the Archibald, Sulman and NSW Premier’s Plein Air prize. This exhibition is an opportunity to enjoy and purchase works from this renowned Society.

The launch event is on Saturday 20 April where you can meet the artists and hear the judge’s comments over a glass of wine and nibbles. Throughout the show, you can also enter the raffle for a gourmet hamper and vote for the ‘people’s choice’.

Daily 19th to 22nd April 2019 Next 21st April 2019

Field to Forest Oberon

During April 2019 ‘Field to Forest’ is a month-long array of activities in and around the Oberon region that explores the delicacies and rare finds that one can forage for across the region. The activities include specialised forage tours for wild mushrooms, secluded forest lunches, a newly launched wine trail and workshops with experts recounting their skills and know how on foraging in the forest.

Daily 1st to 30th April 2019 Next 21st April 2019

Field to Forest 4WD Foraging Experience

This special 4WD Foraging tour has been created for you in partnership with Oberon Visitors Information Centre for the very first Field to Forest Oberon 2019.

It is a great experience for those wanting to get out and about in amongst the pine forests of Oberon. Departing from Oberon Visitors Information Centre, seats are strictly limited so please book early.

You’ll be treated to a great 4WD trip to some of the more remote areas of the forests, where identification and foraging are at its best. See and learn about the area, enjoy the comfort of a luxury 4WD and have fun. This two hour tour is fun for all.

Forage, collect or simply photograph mushrooms in the wild. Take in all the sensations of the pine forests; the sights, the rich pine smell and the atmosphere.

Join them on a 4WD adventure that you’ll talk about for years to come.

Various Dates 1st to 29th April 2019 Next 22nd April 2019

Cultural Art Day for Teens

Join their Aboriginal ranger and participate in some tree painting, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich culture behind some traditional symbols.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art using eco-friendly bush resources. Tailored especially for the teenage audience.

Various Dates 18th January to 4th October 2019 Next 23rd April 2019

Aboriginal Experience at Walls Cave

Journey with their Aboriginal Ranger as you descend down into the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath. Hear stories and legends of this country’s first people, and retrace their steps along this beautiful waterway, formerly occupied for thousands of years.

Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and lunch, and you’re ready to explore.

Various Dates 15th January to 23rd April 2019 Last 23rd April 2019

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 24th April 2019

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Leaping Lizards

Do you love lizards? Join their ranger for a morning of reptile-related fun! Learn all about these amazing creatures, take a guided walk to try and spot some hidden creatures along the track, find out how to protect reptiles in your own backyard, and make your own little critter to take home afterwards.

Various Dates 16th January to 24th April 2019 Last 24th April 2019

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 2018 to 23rd May 2019 Next 25th April 2019

Extra Open Day at Valley Heights Rail Museum for April School Holidays!

A rare chance to explore the Museum in the quiet of a 'non-steam' day. Stroll at leisure and enjoy all the regular exhibits and activities. Climb on carriages and locomotives to experince a drivers eye view of the road ahead. Listen to 'Charlie' and 'Harry' as they prepare for their day's work on steam engine 5461. Learn about the 'Call Boy', relax in the first class luxury of the "Caves Express"and take in both working model rooms too! Then enjoy a barisata coffee while you browse the shop! REDUCED ADMISSION FEES on this day only!

 

On 26th April 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
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Old City Bank Bar - Live Music

Come to the Old City Bank Bar for relaxed entertainment in an old English style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
Live Music every Friday and Saturday night.

Visit their Facebook page for details.

Various Dates 19th October 2018 to 28th September 2019 Next 26th April 2019

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 May 2020 Next 26th April 2019

Lithgow Ghost Tour Eskbank House

Creep back to Lithgow after dark for the spooky Ghost Tour of Eskbank House and Museum – if you dare.

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 where ghosts are dying to meet you.

Listen to unsettling reports of ghosts, hauntings and other strange goings on at Eskbank House and Museum before taking part in a ghost hunt in and around the buildings.

Catch a glimpse of what life was like for the colonial well-to-do at the property, which played a significant part in Lithgow’s industrial era. You may even meet one of the long dead for real.

As you tune into the phantom whispers of each building, ghost-hunting equipment will boost your already heightened senses. On the night guests will be supplied with the latest equipment along with full instruction on its use.

Ghost Hunting equipment included: Thermal imaging video cameras, EMF metres, Ovillus III, REM-Pods, Full spectrum cameras, Night vision camera, Laser Grids, Talker II, Patrick Boo Buddy Bear.

On 26th April 2019

Essential Bush Skills for Teens

This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next bushwalking adventure. Tailored especially for the teenage audience.

Various Dates 24th January to 10th October 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Spotlight!

Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join their national parks ranger for an exciting expedition as they discover the creatures of the night.

Get ready to tip-toe down the track and learn more about the wonderful nocturnal animals that live in the Blue Mountains. They may come across owls, possums, sugar gliders, little microbats, and more, as they emerge from their homes in and around Govetts Leap. Get a different view of the Grose Valley under the stars, as they listen to the night-time chorus.

Come prepared with your own torch, warm clothing, comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure.

Various Dates 18th January to 4th October 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Junior Ranger: Cultural Appreciation

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Join their Aboriginal ranger for a fantastic hands-on experience as you discover ancient tools, weapons, and musical instruments. Aspects of both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture will be shared, including the importance of sustainability and how they can all help to care for Country.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged 8 to 12 years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 26th April to 10th October 2019 First 26th April 2019

Springwood Community Quilt Show

This biennial Quilt Show features over 100 quilts from local quilters, with wonderful stalls from all local quilt shops for some retail therapy. What a great opportunity to be inspired by the fabulous quilts, and purchase supplies to design and make your own from the stallholders.

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

Guest quilter this year is Margaret Sampson-George. The beautiful quilt that can be won in this year's raffle is Bird Seed by Tula Pink. Profits raised from the Quilt Show go to the Wimlah Womens Refuge and Textiles Studies at Springwood High School. This year they will also offer a scholarship for Textiles students undertaking further textile studies at post-school level.

A great showcase for the fabulous quilts being made here in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, this show is organised by the Blue Mountains Quilters Inc, a group of quilters from all over the Blue Mountains.

Time: 10am – 4pm each day. Entry: $6.

Various Dates 26th to 28th April 2019 First 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

FREE Music every Saturday Night from 5.30pm

Free Music every week

When? Every Saturday night from 5.30pm

Where? Palais Royale, 230 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, Blue Mountains.

Brought to you by promoter Chris Cannell of Music in the Mountains, and presented by Entertainment Blue Mountains, Nombre 230 is the gig to catch every Saturday night.

Presented in the Lounge at the Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, Nombre 230 starts at 5.30pm, giving you the opportunity to sample some of best talent available in the region and beyond.

Great atmosphere, great sounds and some excellent cocktails to sample... that's how it's supposed to be.

Details on the Entertainment Blue Mountains website, or phone the Palais Royale on 02 4784 6300.

www.entertainmentbluemountains.com.au

"Better Entertainment"

Various Dates 20th April to 29th June 2019 Next 27th April 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
Free Entry
Member Event

Oberon Wine and Beer Trail Open Day

As part of the Field to Forest Festival, they open the doors to the boutique vineyards and brewers across the region for two days in April. This select group of artisans have a true passion for their craft and welcome you to taste some of the finest produce in regional NSW. You won’t find any large scale cellar doors on this tour, but if you enjoy farm experiences, country hospitality, historic pubs and quality wine and beer this tour is for you.

On 27th April 2019

Chaika in concert

Chaika create worldly rhythmic textures inspired by Balkan vibrancy, Turkish markets, Celtic stories, and Australia’s own stunning landscapes. Fans have branded their genre blending sounds as ‘Nomadic Folk-Jazz’. Employing ethereal harmonies (in several languages), a myriad of instruments and a dynamic ability for discovery, Chaika re-imagine and create their own exuberant music traversing incredible landscapes with jazz-like dexterity.

This April, they will release their third LP ‘Arrow’ – an almost completely original suite of work injected with the compositional personalities of all six members.

At home wherever appreciative ears assemble – from dirt-stomping blues, roots, and folk festivals to the world-class environs of Sydney’s City Recital Hall – Chaika surprise, thrill and move the unsuspecting listener.

On 27th 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

STEAM TRAIN RIDES in BLUE MOUNTAINS

Share some time on Sunday 28 April to reflect on the end of an era at Valley Heights. The 105 year old Roundhouse at the Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum saw many changes over its life as a railway Depot, for steam engines from 1914 until 1957, then electric until closure in 1988. The 30th anniversary of the very last loco movement from the Depot (in April 1989) is being marked with some extra activities. The Museum is giving rare pride of place to one of its biggest exhibits when electric loco 4601 will be wheeled out of its usual resting place for all to enjoy in the light of day, while cab visits will enable visitors to experience the driver’s eye view from this 132 ton giant. Carefully researched new interpretative panels will tell the story of this 46 class of locomotives, and will bring to life their successful track record. On delivery, they were the most powerful in Australia, designed to pull the heaviest coal trains.

During the day, former Valley Heights railwaymen will chat about the life and times of the 46 class locos and their own experiences from the period as they reminisce about the ‘Good Old Days’.

As usual, there will be 20 minute Steam Train rides on the ‘Valley Heights Mixed’, led by 1899 loco ‘Stevo’ the tank engine, operated by the Steam Tram and Railway Preservation Society. All the Museum’s regular exhibits and activities will be available, including the two model rooms, audio-visual experiences, historical displays, café, shop and more. 

Make sure you join in this once in a generation event!

 

 

On 28th April 2019

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Children Welcome
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Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

On selected Sundays, visitors can ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage dating from 1890, hauled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 on a 20 minute return trip.* Other operating days (see website) 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. The rich story of the settlement and development of western NSW is unravelled as you understand the contribution made by the railway.

Children can take the 'Kid's Quiz' and check their answers on their website, then print out a personalised certificate! New easy to read signage helps explain key exhibits to the under 10s.

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

Enjoy some railway-style tucker and barista coffee in the air-conditioned café then browse the shop on departure.

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

*subject to change/operating conditions.

Various Dates 14th February 2016 to 8th December 2019 Next 28th April 2019

Archie Roach in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains

Evening show now sold out. Second and final matinee show now on sale.

Archie Roach’s music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition. His voice – uniquely Australian and undeniably universal – continues to resonate for all.

Archie emerged in the early ’90s. His ARIA-winning debut album, Charcoal Lane, was named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 1992. It centred around Archie’s heartbreaking song, ‘Took the Children Away’.

The song was a deeply affecting ballad about his own experience as one of the Stolen Generations of First Nations children who were often forcibly removed from their parents and communities and placed in non-Indigenous institutions and homes.

The song’s impact was immediate. It went on to receive a Human Rights Achievement Award; the first time such an honour had been bestowed upon a songwriter and was also added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia collection.

Archie’s career has spanned three decades. His work has been recognised locally and internationally. He will be performing songs from his new Three CD box set of recent live shows.

On 28th April 2019

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 24th February to 24th November 2019 Next 28th April 2019

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 24th February to 15th December 2019 Next 28th April 2019

May 2019

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 2nd February 2019 to 1st February 2020 Next 4th May 2019

Macro floral painting with Tracey Miller

In this one-day workshop, Tracey will guide you step by step through the process of creating a stunning floral painting, focusing in close-up on each bloom and expanding it to fill the whole canvas.

Working in acrylic from a photograph of your choice, you will complete a large, finished artwork capturing the detail and beauty of the flowers. The workshop is both an exercise in close observation, which is itself a valuable skill for any artist, and in learning to work boldly both in size and colour.

Tracey is a highly experienced teacher and this workshop is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists who would like to try something different.

On 4th May 2019

Heritage Festival - Sulari Gentill in Conversation

Join award-winning author and creator of the Rowland Sinclair mystery series, Sulari Gentill, as she shares her passion for connecting people, place and the past. Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel, Sulari's talk will be followed by a book signing and a two course luncheon. Bring your own alcohol. Time: 12 noon.

Bookings are essential. Please contact the Booking Officer by phone or email.

On 4th May 2019

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 5th May 2019

Moyne Farm Little Hartley Open Day

Moyne Farm Little Hartley Open Day – Connecting People, Places and the Past. A premier event in the Australian Heritage Festival 2019.

Courtesy of the Di Falco Family, the owners of Moyne Farm, established by emancipated Irish convict John Grant, an Open Day on Sunday 5 May 2019 organised by the Lithgow Regional Branch of the National Trust. An event to celebrate the outstanding restoration of the 1820-22 homestead undertaken by the Di Falco family and an afternoon ceremony to rededicate the restored and heritage fenced 1826 graveyard.

The day includes a presentation on the details of the house restoration and viewing the interior of the precious three-room Blakeley’s Redgum slab cottage, that sits in the middle of the larger homestead building, the slab cottage walls having been preserved as a feature of the modernised building. Tour of the cemetery optional. Guest speakers Paul Brunton OAM and Jacqueline Grant. Music, crafts and costumes.

Parking on site. 500 metres over farm road, rough but suitable for cars. Parking at indicated site 300 metres from house. Walk down to house and further 400 metres on rough track to graveyard site. Wear sturdy shoes.

Nearest railway station Mt Victoria. Taxi to site possible.

On 5th May 2019

Mixed media portraits with Tracey Miller

Have you ever wanted to paint a portrait, but don’t know where to start? Have you tried portraiture and struggled?

This one-day workshop is perfect for learning, step-by-step, how to create a portrait that is engaging and captures the likeness of your sitter. Working from your own reference photograph – of a person or a pet – you will develop one (or possibly two) portraits, experimenting with mixed media materials and techniques.

Tracey is a highly experienced teacher and this workshop is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists who would like to experiment with portraiture.

Registration forms available at the website. Closing date for registrations is Friday 19 April 2019.

On 5th May 2019

Leura Harvest Festival

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, Jam Making Competition and the Great Australian Chocolate Cake Competition. It's a great community event for the whole family.

On 5th May 2019

LithGlow

LithGlow 2019 will return to the Blast Furnace Park on Saturday 11 May with a spectacular projection and laser show from international award winning entertainment company Laservision. The Blast Furnace Park will also be transformed by Aussie Night Markets into a foodie’s heaven with international food trucks featuring gourmet food, sweet delights and retail stalls.

Coinciding with the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival and the 112th anniversary of the opening of the Blast Furnace, you will be able to explore Lithgow’s remarkable history of industrial innovation dating back to the late nineteenth century with many of the museums and industrial tourism attractions participating over the weekend.

In addition, the Foundations at Portland will be hosting a Fire and Ice dinner show on Friday 10 May 2019, an experience not to be missed.

Various Dates 10th to 11th May 2019 First 10th May 2019

CRUST & VINO

CRUST & VINO

10 & 11 MAY

 

Everyone loves a pie, whether it be savoury or sweet, and now is your exclusive chance

to learn from the master himself as Scottish born chef, Raymond Capaldi joins us for a weekend of mouth-watering indulgence.

 

Sample an array of Raymond’s favourites pies in Country Kitchen and test your pie-making skills during a cooking class led by Raymond himself.

Or you can also enjoy an afternoon wine tasting led by expert winemaker Nick Farr from Farr Wines in Bannockburn, Victoria.

 

Complimentary to guests

Daily 10th to 11th May 2019 Next 11th May 2019

Disability Access
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Life Drawing with David Newman-White

This workshop is for experienced and newcomers without experience who might enjoy the experience. They only ask that you are over 18. There will be an on call qualified tutor available to help you get on the right track. Otherwise if you want to go it alone that's okay too.

On 11th May 2019

Dave Graney and The MistLY band

Dave Graney and Clare Moore are back in 2019 with a new album. It’s approximately their 30th and is a killer set of rock music – made properly, like they’ve always done.

They play music drawn from a lifetime in rock ’n’ roll culture. They didn’t learn their licks in school, they made their own mistakes and set up their own standards.

Whatever they do, whatever they play, they bring their ace game. Their primo strategies. Their stellar grooves and street wise lyrical fire.

On 11th May 2019

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow

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

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

Mother's Day High Tea

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with an exquisite High Tea. Begin with a glass of sparkling on arrival, then delight in a selection of tea sandwiches; traditional scones with fresh cream & jam; pastries, cakes, slices & savoury items. Enjoy all this while taking in the spectacular views of the Jamison Valley in Misty’s.

Includes: Glass of sparkling on arrival, divine selection of tea sandwiches, homemade scones with fresh jam and cream, sweets and treats.

On 12th May 2019

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Mother's Day Family Buffet Lunch

Give Mum the afternoon off and enjoy a family buffet lunch in our Jamison’s Restaurant complete with stunning views overlooking the Jamison Valley.

With all mums receiving a complimentary glass of sparkling, enjoy a range of classic lunch favourites including the ever-popular dessert buffet. 

Bookings are essential. Please call +61 2 4785 0000 or email to secure your spot.

Terms & Conditions: No discounts are applicable to this event. Changes to booking or cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to event.

On 12th May 2019

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Children Welcome
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Turon River 4WD Adventure

Departing Lithgow this 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour explores the rugged Turon River National Park.

Medium to Difficult grade tour - suitable for standard 4WD vehicles with low range

Includes a lavish picnic lunch by the stunning Turon River.

On 12th May 2019

Children Welcome
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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 10th March to 8th December 2019 Next 12th May 2019

Path to Everest - Blue Mountains

Kilian Jornet, the best mountain runner in history, wrote as a child a list of all the races he would like to win and all the mountains he dreamed of climbing.

In May 2017 he ticked off the last on the list with the historic double, solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of the Summits of My Life project which over five years took him to some of the world’s most famous peaks, accompanied by a small group of climbers.

Path to Everest , directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, follows the path that led Kilian Jornet to the highest peak in the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

Path to Everest is presented by Adventure Entertainment and perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo.

On 12th May 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

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

Mountainfilm on Tour - Mount Victoria

Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - Heart. Join them for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.

Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.

On 14th 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

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

Railway Museum Interactive Ghost Hunt

Join Paranormal Pete for serious Interactive Ghost Hunt of the Railway Museum – if you dare. Intimate group, only 12 people.

Your host Paranormal Pete has been educating and entertaining the public for 17 years and will lead you on a hands-on Ghost Hunt to investigate the reports of Paranormal activity at the Museum.

Catch a glimpse of what life was like at the property, which played a significant part in the area's industrial era. You may even meet one of the long dead for real.

As you tune into the phantom whispers of each building, ghost-hunting equipment will boost your already heightened senses. On the night guests will be supplied with the latest equipment along with full instruction on its use.

On 17th May 2019

Flats And Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a high-energy contemporary Bluegrass band, from Penzance, Cornwall, in the South West of England, known for their own highly original songs as well as their blistering renditions of Bluegrass classics.

These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in hundreds of live performances over the past six years, charming and wowing audiences along the way. They’ve come a long way, from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds, to performing at the Proms in Hyde Park, London, and at scores of festivals throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia.

On their first Australian tour in 2017, they delighted audiences at the National Folk Festival, Canberra and Fairbridge Music Festival, WA. They returned here in 2018, again playing the National Festival, plus the Blue Mountains Music Festival and an extensive NSW tour.

They have since been invited to the home of Bluegrass, the USA, to represent the UK in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in September 2018.
In 2019 they have been invited back by the Fairbridge Festival in WA, where they’ll also play the Albany Festival before heading east to Victoria and NSW.

On 17th May 2019

Buss's Gold

In 1855 William Buss became the new owner of The King’s Arms, the historic roadside Inn now known as the Woodford Academy. Buss was a colourful character who profited greatly from the crowds of hopeful gold rush prospectors making their way along the Great Western Road to Bathurst. The inn, ably managed by Buss, his wife Bridget and their four daughters was popularly known as Buss’s Inn.

In 2019 the ‘Katoomba Brewing Company’ has partnered with the Woodford Academy to brew a ‘Golden Ale’ in honour of William Buss. Coffee, tea, cake and light lunches will be available from the Academy café.

Time: 10am - 4pm. Tickets include Museum entry, exhibition, talk and guided museum tour.

Various Dates 18th May to 13th July 2019 First 18th 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

Open day with Steam Tram Rides

Bring the family along to enjoy the stunning display of remarkable exhibits including unlimited 20 minute rides on the Heritage Listed 1890 Sydney Steam Tram.

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages, and inspect memorabilia from over 100 years of railway action at Valley Heights. Inspect 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. For full pricing see website.

Various Dates 14th April to 10th November 2019 Next 19th May 2019

Teddy Bears Day Out

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

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

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.

On 19th May 2019

Warren Miller's Face of Winter Mt Victoria

Loving the pure joy of winter is something they have in common with the late, great Warren Miller-who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This year, Face of Winter, the 69th instalment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes alike together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Watch as the world's best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations to honour a face that launched a thousand quips and got them all started on this long, crazy ride.

Visit some of Warren's favourite locations from Switzerland to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand and more. Come along to far off regions, meet the locals, carve faces of remote mountain ranges, and celebrate the thrills of a life lived in high places.

On 21st May 2019

Neil Diamond The Man, The Music

Starring Craig Stewart, ‘Neil Diamond – The Man, The Music’ tells the story of the man himself, from humble beginnings as the son of a shopkeeper through to being a genuine global superstar.  

The show features numerous interviews and behind the scenes stories of how some of Neil’s most loved songs actually came to be – all presented in Craig Stewart’s distinctly intimate style.

For the full Diamond Experience book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Full details on the website

On 25th May 2019

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Neil Diamond – The Man, The Music Tribute Show Katoomba

Song, Story, Screen—the story of Neil Diamond, live.

Neil Diamond – The Man, The Music tells the story of the man himself, from humble beginnings as the son of a shopkeeper through to being a genuine global superstar. The show features numerous interviews and behind the scenes stories of how some of Neil’s most loved songs actually came to be—all presented in Craig Stewart’s distinctly intimate style.

See Eventfinda for more information.

On 25th May 2019

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 lavish BBQ lunch & trout fishing gear & licence.

 

On 26th May 2019

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Basket Weaving with Jillian Culey and Carolyn Dance

Learn how to create you own beautifully woven vessel or sculpture. The workshop also includes information on harvesting and preparing natural materials as well as an opportunity to make your own string. Please bring your own secateurs or scissors, an apron or an old tea towel. Morning tea will be provide but please bring your own lunch. All materials are supplied and if you have something of your own that you would like to incorporate please bring it with you.

On 26th May 2019

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival

The inaugural Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival will be held in Katoomba from Thursday to Sunday 22- 25 August, 2019.

Do you love books, writing and hearing writers talking about their work? A celebration of place, writers, writing and reading, this Festival offers something for everyone, including author talks, panel presentations, literary dinners, book clubs with celebrity authors, children's and young adult events, musical events, writing workshops, book launches and more.

The Festival will be held across several venues, including Varuna house, the iconic Carrington Hotel, the Cultural Centre, Katoomba library, and other cafes and galleries around town.

The program will be announced in May 2019.

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

Drawing basics with Kristal Smits

Have you always wanted to draw but have trouble getting started? Or do you have a natural talent that you would like to develop? This course is the perfect starting point for beginner artists but is also suited to people with some drawing experience who want to hone their skills.

The course covers basic and slightly more advanced drawing skills. Basic skills include accurate observation and representation, as well as capturing light and shade for three-dimensional effects. You will explore still life, portraiture and landscape drawing, and some use of colour.

By looking at the work of traditional and contemporary drawing artists for inspiration, you will also undertake exercises in interpretation, exaggeration and mark-making to give your drawings personality and individuality. Exercises can be adjusted to suit your personal skills level.

Various Dates 28th May to 2nd July 2019 First 28th May 2019

June 2019

Daniel Champagne and Special Guest Chris Gillespie

They are very pleased to welcome Daniel back to the Blue Mountains and after the last sold out show they advise booking early to avoid disappointment!

Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism.

On 1st June 2019

A Bloody Dickens Christmas

A Murder Mystery Dinner.

You are invited to a unique Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner experience and leap into the spirit of Christmas-in-July by dressing up as one of Charles Dickens’ characters – you might be Miss Havisham or Estella from Great Expectations, or perhaps you’ll play Mr. Bah Humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol infamy.

Over a traditional two course Christmas dinner, you and your fellow Dickens character guests will sort through the clues and investigate who dunnit.

Perhaps you are the murderer!
There are only 10 tickets to each Dickens Murder Dinner.

Various Dates 2nd June to 31st July 2019 First 2nd 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

Bill Frisell Trio

In a coup for music lovers, Live at the Village and Blue Mountains Theatre present Grammy award-winning guitarist Bill Frisell in a rare and intimate concert.

A musical chameleon and shining light of Americana, New York-based Frisell has collaborated with pop icons such as Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Sting and Brian Eno along with jazz luminaries John Scofield, Ron Carter, Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, combining sonic mastery with jazz, country, folk, rock, blues, pop, avant-garde, and more, whilst always maintaining a uniquely identifiable sound.

With bass player Thomas Morgan (Paul Motian, Dave Binney Quartet) and drummer Rudy Royston (Branford Marsalis, The Mingus Big Band), he’ll take you on a spellbinding sonic journey of new music from his latest albums alongside reimagined ‘Frisell’ classics.

Don’t miss this iconic voice in music – part skewered jazz, part roadside folk blues and part gritty rock, delivering big sky grooves with one of jazz’s most deeply interactive trios.

On 6th June 2019

Joseph Tawadros Quartet

Joseph Tawadros AM is one of Australian music’s most impressive and charismatic figures: a composer, improviser, storyteller and a brilliant exponent of the oud, the Egyptian lute.

A multi award-winning virtuoso, Joseph’s music has brought middle-eastern, classical and contemporary jazz together seamlessly and is considered by peers and music critics to be a truly brilliant performer.

Tawadros’s virtuoso technique and depth of musicianship have brought him into contact with the worlds of jazz, classical and world traditions to create music that transcends labels and shatters borders.

He shares an almost telepathic rapport with his band members: brother James, a percussionist, bassist Karl Dunnicliff and jazz pianist Matt McMahon, leading to moments of joyous spontaneous invention.

On 14th 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!

Various Dates 15th to 16th June 2019 First 15th June 2019

BIG REDS & GAME

BIG REDS & GAME

21 & 22 JUNE

Claudio Heye joins us from Domaine Thomson, a family-owned winery with vineyards in both New Zealand and France. Recognised for producing some of the world’s finest pinot noirs, Domaine Thomson produce unique vintages that showcase the individuality and authenticity of each region.

 

Claudio will host a wine tasting in the afternoon where guests will be able to sample some exquisite pinot noir vintages followed by a degustation dinner. Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela will prepare a sumptuous menu featuring game meats, paired with beautiful Domaine Thomson wines.

 

Complimentary to guests

Daily 21st to 22nd June 2019 Next 22nd June 2019

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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.

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

On 22nd June 2019

Hill End Gold 4WD Adventure

Departing Bathurst this 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour explores challenging 4WD tracks in the Hill End & Sofala goldfields region

Learn how to find alluvial gold with gold pans & metal detector

Medium in difficulty, this Tag-a-Long Tour is suitable for standard 4WD vehicles

 

 

On 23rd June 2019

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Jukebox Revolution

Every record tells a story!

Elvis, Bee Gees, Johnny O’Keefe, Queen, Jackson 5, Beatles, ACDC, John Farnham… and many more.

Following on from their 2018 sell-out concerts, internationally acclaimed ‘Boys in the Band’ is proud to present their brand new show “Jukebox Revolution…every record tells a story!” celebrating the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

Starring Australia’s finest leading men and backed by their sensational band The Players, this dazzling performance features over 50 years of mega hits in an all singing, all dancing, high octane concert.

Boys in the Band have performed among star-studded company such as Pharrell Williams, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Pseudo Echo, entertaining audiences across the globe. Highlight concert performances including Singapore F1 Grand Prix, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Mandela Theatre Johannesburg, The Star Gold Coast, Arts Centre Melbourne and festivals such as Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Sydney Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series.

Get ready to join the revolution!

On 23rd 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

Yulefest Buffet Dinners

Friday & Saturday evenings from 28th June to 27th July 2019

Immerse yourself in a magical yuletide experience… Set in Jamison’s Restaurant with a festive atmosphere and a special appearance by Santa Claus all the way from the North Pole. Indulge in a festive buffet with all the trimmings. Begin with your complimentary beverage before dining on sumptuous seafood platters, traditional heart-warming roasts, rustic veg and delectable accompaniments. Then end your evening with a well-deserved treat from the delicious dessert buffet… Yule log, cakes, sweets and more!

Adults $98 / Teen (13-17) $52 / Child (5-12) $29 / Children 4 and under free (Plus booking fee)

 

Various Dates 28th June to 27th July 2019 First 28th June 2019

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CAVIAR & CHAMPAGNE

CAVIAR & CHAMPAGNE

28 & 29 JUNE

 

Sample a range of the finest caviar varieties during the afternoon masterclass, expertly matched with a selection of Perrier Jouet vintages, hand-selected by Champagne Ambassador, Chris Sheehy.

 

In the evening, join us for the ultimate indulgence, with an exquisite five-course caviar-inspired dinner, created by Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela and matched with Perrier Jouet Champagne.

 

Complimentary to guests 

Daily 28th to 29th June 2019 Next 29th June 2019

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Yulefest 2019 Dinner & Show

2019 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 7th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Cult comedy entertainment… the Best British Comedy Down Under

With high energy and snappy one-liners, you will be quoting these guys for Forever!

The many stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (“Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!”) idiot. 

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness… GREED. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; le Salon Grand, located in the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

Get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon. 

Read about the show on the official website here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

Various Dates 29th June to 20th July 2019 First 29th June 2019

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Dinner & Show; The Goon Show LIVE! at Yulefest

The Goon Show LIVE! is the perfect comedy entertainment, with high energy and snappy one-liners that you will be quoting for days, weeks and months to come - FOREVER; ensuring a great night… one that you will remember.

When? 29 June to 20 July 2019 - a dinner & show every Saturday night

PLUS a special Afternoon Tea and show on Sunday 14th July

Where? The Palais Royale, Katoomba

Based on the original cult BBC series which starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; our shows include specially re-engineered sound effects.

Every year our Christmas at Blue Mountains programme features popular episodes written by Spike Milligan; hilarious British Comedy classics with a delicious Christmas-in-July menu.

Tickets for the Saturday night shows include Mulled Wine on arrival, a 3-course Christmas dinner, 3 rip-snorting The Goon Show episodes, terrific songs and the opportunity to meet the cast of The Goon Show LIVE! over Coffee and Port at the end of the night.

A cash bar is available during all shows.

Read the full details on our website

We offer a 15% discount on Single Tickets, to all Seniors Card holders, from all states and territories in Australia, as well as our friends from New Zealand who hold the SuperGold Card. To take advantage of your discount, please contact the event producers.

Various Dates 1st July 2017 to 20th July 2019 Next 29th June 2019

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The Goon Show Live! at Yulefest

Join the lads for their sixth annual appearance at Yulefest Blue Mountains.

The stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!) idiot.

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness - greed. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

If you love British Comedy, Yule Love The Goon Show Live!

Based on the original cult BBC series which starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; the shows include specially re-engineered sound effects.

Please note, booking fees apply in addition to quoted prices.

Various Dates 29th June to 20th July 2019 First 29th June 2019

Nathan Cavaleri and Kristen Lee Morris

Much of the country was oblivious to the career Nathan Cavaleri led beyond prime-time Australia. By age 12, he found himself the centre of a bidding war between the labels of Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. By age 16 he’d toured with B.B. King as his guest, and played at the Kennedy Centre in front of The Clintons with Etta James and Bonnie Raitt.

Cavaleri returns after playing sell out gigs up and down the East Coast, seeing him connect intimately with new and lifetime fans through both story and song. From how his love for music deepened during his battle with leukaemia as a kid, to a hilarious encounter with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant after playing to sixty thousand people in Zurich after Elton John.

However, it’s how he brings his experiences and songs into the present that gives audiences more than a shot of nostalgia.

On 29th June 2019

Fiona Horne: The Art of Witch

Featuring candid personal stories, inspiring advice and insight, audience Q and A, and powerful, life-changing spell casting and ritual experience.

Rockstar, radio and television personality and Australia’s best-known Modern Witch – Fiona Horne is back home for the release of her new book, The Art of Witch (Rockpool Publishing) and a magical Spoken Word tour. In The Art of Witch event, Fiona will share aspirational and motivating stories from her life’s journey, with special focus on the inspiring and life transformational message: Don’t get older – get better at living!

Fiona reveals her lessons in a uniquely entertaining way, drawing on her adventures spanning Hollywood, Africa and the Caribbean. She will share essential wisdom to empower you to step into the best version of yourself and experience your dream life. She will give you the practical and magical tools to relaunch your life!

On 30th 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

The Maes with Monique Clare and Special Guests

Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) is the brainchild of sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (fiddle, mandolin and vocals). Born into the arms of the Folk music community, both sisters were side of stage at their first folk festival when they were four weeks old and have been absorbing and exploring folk music since that time.

The Maes latest, self-titled record set for release in April 2019 is a return to the sisters’ folk music roots. Gentle, intimate and conversational, the album is an unadorned showcase of Maggie and Elsie’s superb song writing as well as honest, relaxed and stunning vocal and instrumental performances.
The album also features cello and harmony vocals by award-winning Brisbane musician, Monique Clare who regularly tours with The Maes and will be performing at this show.

Since 2014, The Maes have been full time touring in Australia and overseas, winning over audiences with their striking song writing, intricate instrumental arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies.

On 5th July 2019

Blue Mountains Antiques and Collectables Fair

A wide range of antiques, retro items and collectables for sale displayed by a group of professional dealers. Items include furniture, jewellery, sliver , porcelain, lamps, books and many other collectables. Also a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains who will be supplying delicious morning and afternoon teas and light lunches.

Daily 6th to 7th July 2019 Next 6th July 2019

Elysian Fields

Elysian Fields is a brilliant six-piece band formed by highly regarded viola da gambist, Jenny Eriksson, and critically acclaimed jazz musicians, Matt Keegan and Matt McMahon.

The backbone of Elysian Field’s repertoire consists of original works written specifically for the line-up by band members Matt McMahon, Matt Keegan, Jenny Eriksson and bassist, Siebe Pogson as well as select covers from a diverse range of composers.

Elysian Fields’ music influences are as broad as its member’s eclectic interests and include e.s.t., Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, Tord Gustavson, Victor Wooten, Mats Norrefalk, Jean-Luc Ponty, Weather Report, Mara!, traditional Indian music, Irish and Swedish folk song, Jordi Savall, Marin Marais, John McLauglin, Steve Hunter, Pat Metheny, Jan Gunnar Hoff and Joni Mitchell.

Not to be missed, this exciting band has performed at leading venues and festivals including Vivid, Foundry616, and the Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival.

Susie Bishop – vocals and violin; Matt Keegan – saxophones;
Matt McMahon – piano; Jenny Eriksson – electric viola da gamba;
Siebe Pogson – bass guitar; Finn Ryan – drums

On 7th July 2019

Dragonfly Discovery

Do you like dragonflies? Come and join their ranger for some fun activities that celebrate this majestic and fascinating insect. They'll create a dragonfly out of colourful eco-friendly materials, discover where they live and what they like to eat, and make their own little dragonfly to take home.

Various Dates 8th to 15th July 2019 First 8th 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

Billy Tea with a Bushman

Pull up a chair by the campfire and enjoy a cup of traditional Billy Tea in the Blue Mountains National Park. Your ranger will regale you with fascinating stories about local wildlife, engage the kids with some great hands-on activities, and even roast a marshmallow or two.

Various Dates 9th January to 17th July 2019 Next 10th July 2019

Dr Seuss's Cat In The Hat Live On Stage

Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat.

In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel used this formula and only 200 words to write his second children’s book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years later, The Cat in the Hat is a much-loved children’s literature classic and now, a zany, imaginative play coming to Blue Mountains Theatre in July.

The Cat in The Hat interrupts a rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother’s cosy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach you all to make your own fun with nothing but a little imagination. Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style.

Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before your eyes. Spoiler alert: Things run amok, and quickly!

Duration: Approximately 50 minutes, no interval
Recommended ages: three years and over

On 11th July 2019

Junior Ranger: Fire Safety Awareness

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Fire safety is an essential skill at any age, and this activity will teach you some of the scientific principles behind fire and how it works. Discover the best way to make a cosy campfire, and explore some of the ways you can help prepare your home during bushfire season.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged 8-12 years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

On 11th July 2019

Outback NSW 4WD Safari

A treasure hunt across NSW.  

Highlights of this action packed 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour include Gold Prospecting at Hill End, Boutique Wines of Mudgee, Aboriginal rock art of the Warrumbungles, Feed baby emus in the Pilliga scrub, Go underground mining for Black Opal at Lightning Ridge & experience an African Safari at Dubbo Western Plains Zoo.

 

Daily 8th to 17th July 2019 Next 17th July 2019

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Campfire Circle for Teens

Come and sit around the warm campfire and hear ancient stories and legends of this country’s first people. You will have the opportunity to examine traditional tools, weapons and instruments close up, and share in some fun traditional activities with their ranger. Tailored especially for the teenage audience.

Various Dates 11th January to 18th July 2019 Last 18th July 2019

Junior Ranger: Challenge Walk

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This expedition is designed to test your strength and endurance. Join our ranger for a fun and challenging walk in the beautiful Blue Mountains – there will be steep stairs involved!
*Junior Rangers is a new 5-part program for kids for 8-12 years. Once you complete all 5 activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 24th January to 18th July 2019 Last 18th July 2019

TIMBOON WHISKY WEEKEND

TIMBOON WHISKY WEEKEND

19 & 20 JULY

 

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of whisky as we welcome Josh Walker, head distiller at the award-winning Timboon Railway Shed Distillery in Victoria.

Join an exclusive afternoon masterclass, led by Josh, and sample an array of Timboon’s finest small-batch single malt varieties.

 

In the evening, Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela creates a menu of smoke-infused dishes, prepared over open fire, with each course artfully paired with a Timboon whisky. An evening not to be missed.

 

Complimentary to guests

Daily 19th to 20th July 2019 Next 20th July 2019

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1832 WOLGAN GIN WEEKEND

1832 WOLGAN GIN WEEKEND

26 & 27 JULY

 

Fancy a gin or two? Experience the ultimate weekend of gin indulgence as we welcome Ian Glen from the historical Stone Pine Distillery in Bathurst and Sydney’s leading gin specialist, Mikey Enright. We proudly unveil 1832 Wolgan Gin, our artisan, locally-distilled gin inspired by the rich bounty of nature.

 

Venture down to Carne Creek to forage botanicals and challenge your cocktail creativity at our Mixologist Masterclass. As the sun sets behind the escarpments, savour the finest regional produce with a gin-inspired degustation dinner in the Wolgan Dining Room prepared by Executive Chef, Nancy Kinchela.

 

Complimentary to guests

Daily 26th to 27th July 2019 Next 27th July 2019

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Top Dog Film Festival Katoomba

Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival screening in Katoomba.

Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival. From husky dogs of Alaska to working dogs of Australia, the pull on your heartstrings is guaranteed. Meet four-legged heroes, unbreakable bonds and canine companions that enrich the lives of all they encounter.

The 2019 Top Dog Film Festival presents a two hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of your beloved canine companions.

This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Get tickets before they sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it.

The Top Dog Film Festival is exempt from classification but would obtain a General rating and is suitable for all ages.

On 30th July 2019

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

IN JULY

THROUGHOUT JULY

 

During the month of July, experience a magical winter wonderland and celebrate

the very best of Yulefest at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

From crackling bonfires to delicious treats and a traditional Christmas feast, we invite you to experience a indulgent celebration set against the picturesque backdrop of the magnificent Greater Blue Mountains.

 

Christmas in July weekend stays include:

Christmas-inspired Degustation Dinner

Cheese and wine tasting

Yuletide Bonfire

 

 

Daily 1st to 31st July 2019 Next 31st July 2019

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August 2019

WILL STUDD CHEESE MASTERCLASS

WILL STUDD - CHEESE MASTERCLASS

2 & 3 AUGUST

 

Will Studd has been working with cheese for over 30 years and is an expert on all things curd. Will is passionate about farmhouse cheeses and has great enthusiasm for educating on what great cheese is all about.

 

We are delighted to welcome Will as he presents an insider’s glimpse into the world’s best cheeses, along with a selection of his personal favourites.

 

Complimentary to guests 

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

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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

CLONAKILLA TRUFFLE DINNER

CLONAKILLA TRUFFLE DINNER

16 & 17 AUGUST

 

Tim Kirk joins us from the award-winning Clonakilla Winery in Canberra to share his passion for evocative wines. As Chief Winemaker, Tim is widely celebrated as one of Australia’s most prestigious winemakers and creates many of Australia’s great reds.

 

Sample some of the finest Clonakilla vintages with a bespoke wine and cheese tasting led by Tim. In the evening, savour a truffle-inspired degustation dinner prepared by Executive Chef Nancy Kinchela and accompanied by Clonakilla wines hand-selected by the winemaker.

 

Complimentary for guests

Daily 16th to 17th August 2019 Next 17th August 2019

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Greystanes Gala Dinner

The Annual Signature Fundraising Event for Greystanes Disability Services.

Join supporters of Greystanes Disability Services for a colourful Gala Dinner. The Annual Greystanes Gala Dinner is an evening of networking, good food and good wine for a good cause.

Tickets include canapés, three course fine dining meal with four hour drinks package. Dress is formal with prizes for the most colourful guests.

On 17th August 2019

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival

The inaugural Blue Mountains Writers' Festival boasts a stellar line-up, a spectacular location, and a feel-good atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Featuring a festival launch party, some of Australia’s best writers in-conversation at The Carrington Hotel and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, a kids’ day at Katoomba Library, as well as poetry, music, book clubs and a program of writing workshops, the festival runs from Thursday 22 August to Sunday 25 August, 2019.

See the website closer to the date for the full program, list of authors and to purchase your tickets.

Various Dates 22nd to 25th August 2019 First 22nd August 2019

Wayne Donnelly, Hypno-Comedian

Mirth, Mesmerism & Mayhem. Donnelly will weave his magic as local audience volunteers are put under his spell right before your eyes, and become the stars in the show.

 

For a Totally Hypnotic Experience, book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale's Chef. Click here for the menu.

 

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert... and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

 

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

 

Full details on the website

On 31st August 2019

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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

Wonderous Waterbugs

Get ready to discover some wonderous waterbugs! You will be surprised at the many different waterbugs living right here in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Have fun with their national park ranger to find out where waterbugs live, what they eat, and why they are so important to the waterways. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and prepare to start splashing!

Various Dates 15th April to 30th September 2019 Last 30th September 2019

October 2019

Bygone Beautys' Traditional High Tea Supreme for Good Food Month.

Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in October 2016.
Bookings are essential, please phone or email.

Enjoy a unique and theatrical Traditional High Tea with a twist. Reminiscent of decades past, enjoy even more decadence as Bygone Beautys launches its new Traditional High Tea Supreme as part of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi in October 2016.

Step back in time for a unique and theatrical high tea reminiscent of decades past in a charming old-world dining room. Upon arrival, enjoy complimentary champagne in crystal flutes with mini quiches, sausage rolls and vegetarian roulades. Then, grandly presented silver service on an afternoon tea tray-mobile, finely rolled crustless sandwiches, an assortment of homemade tea cakes and biscuits, baby scones with freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam, and your choice of speciality loose-leaf tea or coffee.

With the addition of a hot first course and a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, this experience will add an extra touch of upper class decadence and also give guests a taste of the original ‘High Tea’, which began around 1825 and was originally a hearty meal which included several hot dishes.

Various Dates 1st to 5th October 2019 First 1st October 2019

Tree Painting and Art Day

Join their Aboriginal ranger and participate in some tree painting, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich culture behind some traditional symbols. Enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art in Blue Mountains National Park.

Various Dates 8th January to 8th October 2019 Next 1st October 2019

Circle Time

Come and experience the magic of Circle Time. Sit down with their Aboriginal ranger and learn some traditional hands-on craft activities using resources straight from the bush. Learn how materials such as tree bark can transform into eco-friendly fishing line, a belt, or bush jewellery. Create your own stringybark rope bracelet to take home.

Various Dates 2nd to 9th October 2019 First 2nd October 2019

Junior Ranger: Mapping and Orienteering

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This activity focuses on some important outdoor techniques, including how to read and decode maps, and how to orientate to North using a compass. Once they have mastered the basics, your ranger will put your skills to the test!

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged eight - twelve years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 17th January to 3rd October 2019 Last 3rd October 2019

Leura Gardens Festival

The 55th Festival will feature glorious cool climate spring gardens, showcasing a particularly wide range of styles and sizes, and comprising new, returning and several old-favourite gardens. 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.

There are big gardens and small gardens in the Festival and each garden has its own distinctive character.
Festival proceeds go to the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital and other local health-related organisations.

Various Dates 5th to 13th October 2019 First 5th October 2019

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 in the beautiful Blue Mountains with your national park ranger, and find out where bugs live, what they eat, where they sleep and why they are so important. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and you’re ready to go.

Various Dates 7th January to 11th October 2019 Last 11th October 2019

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 12th to 13th October 2019 Next 12th October 2019

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.

Various Dates 12th to 27th October 2019 First 12th October 2019

Let Me Be Frank

...a not so serious tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Flawlessly performed by award winning entertainer Ed Wylde, this show celebrates one of the most influential musical artists of all time with a style that would make ‘Old Blue Eyes’ himself proud and chuckle to himself. 

For the complete Chairman of the Board Experience, book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 19th October 2019

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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 Next 19th October 2019

Lithgow Halloween

Lithgow Halloween 19 bursts into life Saturday 26 October with spectacular entertainment and creative costumes.
Have your costumes at the ready and prepare to be immersed in the next installment of Lithgow Halloween. Australia’s biggest Halloween themed street party explodes into life at 3pm and will keep you spellbound until 10pm.
There will be market stalls selling an amazing selection of giftware and food plus street performers, two live stages and lots more.
With live entertainment and amusement rides there is something for everyone.

On 26th October 2019

November 2019

Oberon Outdoor Week

A must for anyone who loves the outdoors or those looking to explore the culture and history of the Oberon region. The week includes an array of events including a fishing competition, cross country run, fossicking experiences, and arts and heritage walks.

Daily 2nd to 9th November 2019 Next 2nd November 2019

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

*Some details to be confirmed closer to the event date*

The Blackheath village comes alive with entertainment, the Grand Parade and street stalls at the Annual Rhododendron Festival 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 2nd November 2019

Nicki Sings Carole King

This is an intimate show that includes the history of Carole King as one of the world’s most prolific songwriters and includes a segment on the songs that Carole gave away.

After her highly anticipated UK theatre run with ‘Tapestry The Concert’, Nicki Gillis returned to Australia with her two hour acoustic presentation of ‘Nicki Gillis Sings Carole King

For the King Experience book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 30th November 2019

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January 2020

Mayfield Garden Summer Festival

The Mayfield Garden Summer Festival brings a sense of occasion and delight with Mayfield row boats now available to the public on Mayfield Lake, live entertainment, and the Lolly Bug on weekends. Dine at the café, serving a garden and paddock to plate menu, and discover parts of the Private Garden beyond Mayfield Garden.

Features include: the Rose Garden, Creek Garden and Mayfield Lake. This summer bring your family and friends and enjoy a long, leisurely day and view vibrant summer colours, roses in bloom and lush green growth in this spectacular garden.

This Summer new attractions are opening, These include The Gallery, Valley of Five Ponds, Venus Vale, Mayfield Allee and Grotto. Visitors have witnessed some of these components being built nearby for a number of years, however, some have previously only been glimpsed from afar and can now be seen and explored up close for the first time.

Daily 11th to 26th January 2020 Next 11th January 2020

Springwood Australia Day Festival

The Australia Day Festival in Springwood features two stages with live music, band, singers and dancers along with rides, market and food stalls, barbecue and a bar. Australia Day in Springwood welcomes all members of the community to come together and celebrate living in Australia.

Entry to event by donation. All proceeds raised from the event are donated to local Rural Fire Service brigades and SES.

On 26th January 2020

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 26th January 2020

Wines of the West Festival

The annual Wines of the West Festival brings together Vineyards throughout the Blue Mountains and Central West to showcase some of the best of the regional wineries.

Make the most of your chance to talk to the makers of fine award winning wines!

Entry includes two days access to the 25 wineries, tastings of all wines available and exclusive access to specials at the Cellar door.

On 29th January 2020

February 2020

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.

Daily 8th to 10th February 2020 Next 8th February 2020

Rydal Show

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 8th February 2020

Feelin’ Groovy – The ’60s Music Show

The 60’s Music Extravaganza!

Feelin’ Groovy – Cool River’s Tribute to the 60’s Music Show – engages audiences of all ages with timeless classic hit songs from the 60’s decade.From 1960 – 1969, it includes songs from the Summer of Love, Motown, the British Invasion and Swinging London plus a few perennial Aussie favourites!

Book a Dinner and Show. 

Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 29th February 2020

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March 2020

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.

Ticket prices are yet to be released, check website for up to date details.

Daily 13th to 15th March 2020 Next 13th March 2020

Six Foot Track Marathon

The Six Foot Track is a 45 kilometre trail stretching across the Blue Mountains from The Explorer's Marked Tree, near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. The marathon started in 1984 and follows the length of the entire trail.

The race is a fundraiser for the Rural Fire Service, and Six Foot Track Heritage Trust and is organised by the Sydney Striders Running Club, it attracts over 850 entrants each year.

For further qualifying and registering details please visit the web site.

On 14th March 2020

May 2020

A Salute to Elton John

Show-stopping hit songs sung and performed by multi award-winner, Danny Elliott.

Danny Elliott features as the star and director of The Elton Experience; THE ultimate tribute to one of the greatest living musical legends of all time.

For the Full Elton Experience book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 30th May 2020

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