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August 2018

Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the day you plan to visit.

Group numbers are limited to 15 people to ensure the best experience. For groups of more than four people please pre-book.

Various Dates 5th April to 21st September 2018 Next 15th August 2018

Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail

Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail. Embark on a winter adventure. X marks the spot to enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover amazing plants from around the world. For children aged six to twelve years celebrate winter at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

Kits available to purchase from the Visitor Centre.

Daily 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 15th August 2018

Kevina-Jo Smith: Never Give Up

Kevina–Jo Smith’s Never Give Up is an immersive installation, combining film, photographs, textile panels and costumes to enact a collective consciousness around the ever increasing environmental threats facing the planet. The exhibition is formulated as a direct response to Smith’s experience as artist in residence in a remote Indigenous community in the Guna Yala region of Panama.

Smith’s art practice is focused on connecting the material world with the imagined - global with local. She weaves an intensely personal visual language as a means of addressing social, environmental and political issues. Her multi-layered installations often incorporate up-cycled and found materials, with each component being delicate and time consuming to create. This slow and labour intense process is Smith’s tribute to the natural world and a ritual against destruction.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.

Daily 7th July to 19th August 2018 Next 15th August 2018

Operation Art

Operation Art is the premier state wide visual arts exhibition for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It is a unique contemporary children’s exhibition which encourages students to create artworks for children in hospital. The exhibition focuses on creating a positive environment to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients.

The Operation Art touring exhibition comprises 50 selected artworks from the 2017 Operation Art Main Exhibition. These works will tour regionally and be on display at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. They will then be given to the Children's Hospital at Westmead as part of their permanent collection.

Operation Art is an initiative of NSW Department of Education and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Operation Art acknowledges the generous support of ANSTO [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation] whose funding supports Operation Art's Touring Exhibitions.

Daily 30th June to 19th August 2018 Next 15th August 2018

Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research and encourages outstanding contemporary illustrators to build on this fine tradition. Complex science is translated into precise and detailed imagery as artists from around the world compete for this annual Award. Free entry.

Daily 11th August to 23rd September 2018 Next 15th August 2018

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm 'Mountains' hospitality, log fires, Xmas fare, singalongs and perhaps even Santa. The Blue Mountains is truly a 'Winter Wonderland'.

Event dates differ between establishments, please visit the website for more details on Winter Yulefest Packages.

Daily 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 15th August 2018

Albert Lee Springwood

Grammy award-winning, legendary British guitarist Albert Lee celebrates over 50 years in the business. Known for fiery fast fingers and inimitable playing style, Lee’s solo career distills one man’s decades of experience into simple musical mastery: a virtuoso’s virtuoso; a guitarist’s guitarist.

It’s been nearly a decade since Albert Lee last brought his beloved Ernie Ball Music Man guitar to Australia but he’s making up for it in 2018 with shows across the country including appearances at the Adelaide Guitar Festival, The Melbourne Guitar Show, the Sydney Guitar Festival and the Gympie Muster.

Albert Lee is one of the absolute greatest guitarists in both rock and country music history. Included on Albert’s CV are performances and recordings with Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Everly Brothers, Keith Urban, Tommy Emmanuel, Dave Edmunds, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Carlene Carter, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Bert Jansch, Herbie Mann, Keith Richards and Dolly Parton.

See Eventfinda for more information.

On 15th August 2018

John South: Skyworld

Australian Aboriginal cultures are rich with astronomical connections, including sky stories, which are a way of remembering and transmitting important parts of ceremony, law and culture. Skyworld is the spiritual realm beyond the horizon that is part of the Aboriginal cosmology shared across tribes.

It is inhabited by Dreamtime ancestors who formed their landscape before transcending into the sky, leaving behind geological reminders, such as rock formations, mountains, plants or animals.

Through film and installation John South (Barkindji) explores Aboriginal astronomy and the cultural and spiritual mythologies surrounding the night sky. South uses the waterlily as a symbol of connection between the Skyworld above and the earth below.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley

Various Dates 10th July to 19th August 2018 Next 15th August 2018

KTown Funky Horns Jam Session

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

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

Various Dates 29th March to 27th December 2018 Next 16th August 2018

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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 16th to 19th August 2018 Next 16th August 2018

Sanja Zemljacenko Herrmann: Sublime and Transient

Sublime and Transient presents a series of paintings and drawings by Sanja Zemljacenko Herrmann, documenting her encounters with fleeting moments, of beauty and awe, of time and place, of mindfulness and reverence. The immediate environment surrounding the artists home, on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park, where the transient nature of life is constantly echoed in the rapidly changing effects of light, of seasons and weather, and cycles of regeneration, has provided the inspiration for this body of work.

Various Dates 16th August to 9th September 2018 First 16th August 2018

Rhett Brewer and Anthony Cahill: On the Road

On The Road is a two person exhibition of paintings by Blue Mountains artists Anthony Cahill
and Rhett Brewer.

Anthony Cahill’s attention is drawn towards the shapes and colours of roadside monuments and
playground equipment. These objects from public spaces are channelled through the artist’s private
memory, not as the places from a specific journey, but from the images of a lifetime of drawing,
painting and observing.

The images that catch Rhett Brewer’s eye act as postcards from his many painting road trips. The
paintings are often made on site or worked up from photographs and drawings in the studio. The
road may take him to beaches, farmland or remote arid places; or perhaps along more familiar
suburban commuter routes.

Various Dates 16th August to 9th September 2018 First 16th August 2018

Everglades Art Deco Tour

Rev up, rug up and warm up with a tour of Australia's first tourist destination in luxurious art deco style.

We've stocked up on fluffy mohair knee rugs, foot warmers and even the giggle juice cabintet to warm the cockles of your heart.

This 2-hour tour includes an all-weather Devonshire tea and tour of famous heritage property Everglades Historic House & Gardens at Leura.

Various Dates 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 17th August 2018

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Winter Wonderland Tour

Rev up, rug up and warm up with a tour of Australia's first tourist destination in luxurious art deco style.

We've stocked up on fluffy mohair knee rugs, foot warmers and even the giggle juice cabinet to warm the cockles of your heart.

This 1-hour tour takes in historic Cliff Drive, Echo Point overlooking the famous Three sisters rock formation and Katoomba towm centre.

This tour operates at various timeslots between 9am and 4pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout June, July and August.

Various Dates 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 17th August 2018

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Lord Carrington Tour

Rev up, rug up and warm up with a tour of Australia's first tourist destination in luxurious art deco style.

We've stocked up on fluffy mohair knee rugs, foot warmers and even the giggle juice cabinet to warm the cockles of your heart.

This three-hour tour includes a tour-course lunch or dinner at the historic Carrington Hotel and a Leura and Katoomba tour route.

Tours available at 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July.

Various Dates 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 17th August 2018

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Friday Supper Club

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

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

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

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

What better way to start your weekend?

Bookings essential.

Various Dates 6th April 2018 to 29th March 2019 Next 17th August 2018

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band

Jug band blues, political satire and lunatic on-stage antics combine as a new-vaudevillian comedy cabaret. From Byron Bay BluesFest to Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals to Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the National Junk Band have become festival favourites for their unique collision of fire, illusion, passion, irreverent satire, magic, singing saws, flying chooks, musical mayhem and some very funny songs.

On 17th August 2018

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 18th August 2018

Blue Mountains Makers Market

Join the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub for an Artisan market with beautiful locally hand made products from the Blue Mountains region.

Time: 9am to 2pm.

On 18th August 2018

Gondwana Garden Family Day

Take a trip through time to the ancient land of Gondwana for a fantastic family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden!

Enjoy interactive chats with Botanists from the Herbarium. Hunt for Australian Virtual Reality dinosaurs and megafauna in the Garden with their free Jurassic Garden app. Watch reptile and dinosaur shows. See and learn about furry animals, frogs and tadpoles.

The Gondwana Garden event and the Jurassic Garden dinosaur app are supported by Inspiring Australia, and part of the Sydney Science Festival.

On 18th August 2018

Kaki King

Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist through virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity.

This ground-breaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature six-string Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production.

The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body debuted at Brooklyn’s acclaimed BRIC Theater in New York City in 2014, and is touring extensively worldwide.

On 18th August 2018

Sensory Concert

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

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 23rd April 2018 to 4th March 2019 Next 20th August 2018

Blue Mountains Ghost Tour

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.

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 10th August to 15th September 2018 Next 21st August 2018

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Ghost Tour Katoomba

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 3rd August to 30th November 2018 Next 21st August 2018

Friday Supper Club with Willem Sherlock Roorda

Avalon presents the Friday Supper Club. Join us for live music, hearty meals & classic cocktails, every Friday night.

This week we welcome back the sensational Willem Sherlock Roorda. Deeply soulful, Willem offers jazz and blues delivered with a cheeky side of playfulness. Sit back, relax, tap your feet and smile. 

To book your table call 02 4782 5532 or visit avalonkatoomba.com.au

Various Dates 20th April to 24th August 2018 Last 24th August 2018

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Daffodil Festival

With optimum growing conditions, the Garden will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. Enjoy a picnic, take some photos or simply enjoy the mass plantings. View the many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers available for purchase. For a small fee, book in for a guided daffodil walk or their bulb growing workshop.

Daily 24th August to 2nd September 2018 Next 24th August 2018

Blackheath Choir Festival

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

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

Daily 24th to 26th August 2018 Next 24th August 2018

Tony McManus with special guests

Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony McManus has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora, along with still further-ranging flavours, such as jazz and east European music.

Long applauded for his uncanny ability to transpose the delicate, complex ornamentation characteristic of traditional bagpipe or fiddle tunes – even the phrasing of a Gaelic song – onto his own six strings, McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.

Tony’s latest collaboration is with partner, fiddle and guitar player Julia Toaspern, a native of Berlin and a successful musician in her own right. Julia will be guesting with Tony on his latest Australian tour post his appearances at the prestigious 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

On 24th August 2018

Daffodil Discovery Walk

Join their Horticulturist on a guided walk discovering the delightful winter/spring bulbs on display at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Learn about some of the varieties which are growing at Mount Tomah.

On 25th August 2018

Winter Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds and learn about their habits. Winter is a fascinating season in the bird world. It’s a time of nectar abundance, with many honeyeaters attracted to the Garden’s collection of Proteaceae, while small birds can be easy to spot as they move into the open habitats. Get some tips from Carol on how to use binoculars and identify birds. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding.

Various Dates 14th July to 25th August 2018 Last 25th August 2018

Blue Mountains Botanica

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

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

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

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

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

Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox - Inferius

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

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

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

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

Blue Mountains Radio Players

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

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 25th February to 25th November 2018 Next 26th August 2018

Springwood Growers Market

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

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

Various Dates 28th January to 23rd December 2018 Next 26th August 2018

September 2018

Prohibition Ball

Celebrate the end of prohibition in stlye!

 

Join us for a 3 course dinner and beverage package

 

Live entertainment by The Aston Martinis and The Sydney Swing Katz.

 

Prizes for the best dressed fellas and flappers!

 

Tickets available now

 

Contact reception today to reserve your place

 

On 1st September 2018

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Oberon Community and Farmers Market

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

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

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

Various Dates 3rd March 2018 to 2nd February 2019 Next 1st September 2018

Growing Bulbs

Join their Horticulturist to learn the secrets to bulb growing success. Learn about general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop.

On 1st September 2018

Upper Blue Mountains Arts Trail

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

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

10am - 4pm

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

Tangents with special guest Broken Chip

Tangents incendiary live shows are driven by live drums and electronic beats, with processed performances on cello, electric guitar and piano/Rhodes electric piano. Their live show is a natural extension of their recorded work – unique and unrepeatable, featuring an instinctual, organic sense of time and space, rhythm and melody between the five musicians.

Their new album, New Bodies is set to be released by legendary Brooklyn based label Temporary Residence (Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Hauschka) in mid 2018.

After an eventful year of touring throughout their native Australia – including runs with labelmates Mono and like-minded pioneers Tortoise – and featuring alongside the work of artist David Hockney at the National Gallery of Victoria, Tangents return with their new album New Bodies, another stylistic detour that continues their rummage through countless varieties of electronics, rock, dub, noise and jazz that defines the group’s acclaimed aesthetic.

Celebrating the release of New Bodies, the group make a stop at the Metropole for an intimate evening of beautiful melodies, intricate grooves and exhilarating improvisation.

On 1st September 2018

Women's Adventure Film Tour Volume Two - Blue Mountains

Following the success of the inaugural tour as part of Women's Health Week 2017, the Women's Adventure Film Tour is returning with an all new set of short films celebrating the inspiring women in adventure. This film festival is a celebration of the fantastic women around you who are doing extraordinary things. Join them for a series of inspiring short films with a focus on adventure, the environment and heart warming stories.

The Women's Adventure Film Tour is presented in partnership with She Went Wild - a hub for all things adventure. Through content and events She Went Wild aims to inspire and empower women to get into the outdoors and live an adventurous life.

On 1st September 2018

Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

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

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

Bulbs of the Taurus Mountains of Turkey

Mat Murray, Senior Horticulturist – Ornamental, recently accompanied an expedition to the Taurus Mountains of Turkey to look for spring flowering bulbs. In this presentation he will tell you about the plants, people and places that were encountered on this trip, with some stunning imagery as a back drop.

On 1st September 2018

Watercolour Workshops with artist David Wardman

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

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

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

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

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

Australian Bushfire Building Conference

The fourth annual Australian Bushfire Building Conference is 2018’s essential event for building, planning and associated professionals living and working in Australia’s bushfire-prone areas.

Building on the success of the award-winning previous events, this year’s conference will be the best yet with a national approach to bushfire building practices, innovations and regulations.

On 7th September 2018

The Rhythm Lounge

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Various Dates 10th March 2018 to 12th January 2019 Next 8th September 2018

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Reptile Day

Get ready to wriggle!
To commemorate National Threatened Species Day, come and join them for their first-ever Reptile Day on Saturday 8 September at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath.

This free family event is a great opportunity to find out more about reptiles - fascinating creatures that have lived on the planet for millions of years.

There will be talks, walks, and lots of fun activities for adults and children of all ages:
Get up close with live reptile shows, hosted by expert Anthony Stimson; Join the Ranger for a guided expedition – can you spot hidden animals on your Reptile Roadmap? Help create a large ochre snake painting and share in special Aboriginal stories; Pop into the Lizard Lounge and make your very own clay lizard to take home; Find out how to look after reptiles in your own backyard and protect their habitat, including the endangered Blue Mountains Water Skink.

Come along any time between 10am – 2pm, all weather. There will be something for everyone on the day.

On 8th September 2018

Bushfire Building Community Day

Following the Australian Bushfire Building Conference, the Bushfire Building Community Day, Forum and Expo is open to the public.

At this free Community Forum, experts from the NSW RFS and other bushfire professionals will share essential knowledge, tips and advice for people living and working in bushfire prone areas.

The Expo and Marketplace is a rare opportunity to speak with experts across a wide range of bushfire-related topics and view a wide range of bushfire building and protection products on display.

It's a family-friendly event, with plenty of things for the kids to do, plus coffee and a sausage sizzle!

On 8th September 2018

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal festival celebrates the arrival of spring. Thousands of daffodils have been planted in the parks and gardens of Rydal. Daffodils at Rydal will take place over two weekends in September.

You can pay the entry fee at the Information Centre in the Rydal Village at the Railway Station on the main street or at country gardens. With your entry wrist band you will be given a detailed list of the addresses of the gardens that are open and the time and location of the various music programs.

Various Dates 8th to 16th September 2018 First 8th September 2018

Winmalee Artisan Markets

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

Various Dates 11th March 2018 to 10th February 2019 Next 9th September 2018

Blackheath Growers Market

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

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

Various Dates 11th February to 9th December 2018 Next 9th September 2018

CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic

Join the CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic 2018 and run or ride the Oaks Fire Trail through the picturesque Blue Mountains National Park from the town of Woodford down to Euroka Clearing near Glenbrook to raise funds for CareFlight.

Covering 25 kilometres of undulating bushland, the trail is incredibly scenic and a must for keen mountain bikers and trail runners. The event will finish with a community fair-style reception in the beautiful Euroka Clearing.

Registrations essential, no entries accepted on the day of the event.

This event has been running for over a decade and attracts almost 1,000 competitors annually. It has something for everyone, regardless of their skill level. Treat it as a physical and mental challenge or just a chance to enjoy the pristine mountain air. The race attracts many serious mountain bikers who use this event as preparation and training.

Since 1986, CareFlight a not-for-profit charity, has given the people of New South Wales one of the world's most advanced and medically proficient rapid response emergency helicopter and medical retrieval services, with more than 17,500 patients being treated and transported in the past 30 years.

On 9th September 2018

Three Piece Suite: Variations on a Theme

Join regulars (and one-third local) in the Blue Mountains classical music scene Three Piece Suite for an afternoon of Variations on a Theme.

The string trio - Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola, and Deborah Coogan, cello, will explore examples from Boccherini via Mozart and Beethoven to Dohnanyi, Lawrence, Strauss, Klein and more, who all used the principle of theme and variations with elements of drama, joy and finesse.

Three Piece Suite is also celebrating its 15th concert in Blackheath. Meet the musicians after the performance over afternoon tea with variations of its own.

Time: 4pm.

On 9th September 2018

Blue Mountains Botanical Artists: Beginners and Beyond

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

Various Dates 13th September to 7th October 2018 First 13th September 2018

Horizons: Three Blue Mountains artists explore landscapes

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

Various Dates 13th September to 7th October 2018 First 13th September 2018

Glenn A. Baker presents Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood Experience

Join them for an unforgettable night of entertainment when Glenn A. Baker once more graces the stage to host a presentation of the acclaimed Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood Experience.

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood were pop’s weirdest duo, a beauty and the beast pairing, whose quirky success confounded the critics while creating some of 60's America’s most iconic pop. Their iconic, eponymous 1968 album Nancy and Lee, rated as the 87th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork, spawned some of the duo’s best songs and inspired generations of musicians.

Fresh from sell-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, they’ll be running riot through their classic hits, including ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’, ‘Jackson’, ‘Summer Wine’, ‘You Only Live Twice’, ‘Sugar Town’, ‘Lightning’s Girl’, ‘Something Stupid’, ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Up, Up & Away’, the trippy ‘Some Velvet Morning’ and more gems from the Nancy and Lee catalogue, as well as many more fabulous solos and duets.

Fronted by renowned stage, film and television actor Zoe Carides as Nancy, Scott Holmes as Lee and with former red Wiggle Murray Cook on bass, the Nancy Boys re-imagine the Sixties through the eyes of the iconic and culty Nancy and Lee.

On 14th September 2018

The Festival of Children’s Literature

The much loved and revitalised Festival of Children’s Literature returns to the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge this September 15 and 16.

A highlight of the Blue Mountains calendar, the Festival promises to be better than ever and will be a great family-friendly weekend out.

Join them to enjoy talks from some of the country’s favourite authors and illustrators. Featured speakers will include Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman, Libby Gleeson, Jacqueline Harvey, Matt Cosgrove, Mardi McConnochie, Deborah Abela and Emily Rodda and many more!

There will be free entertainment and a variety of market stalls. Food will be available and all are welcome to bring along a picnic rug and enjoy the tranquil surrounds of the Gallery.

The 2018 Festival of Children’s Literature will also mark the 100th anniversary of The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Free entry to the Gallery is included with the ticket price and there will be a special display of illustrations from the book as well as a staged reading to delight people of all ages.

Daily 15th to 16th September 2018 Next 15th September 2018

Waratah Wander

Join them for an hour-long Horticulturist guided walk discovering the magnificent waratah collection on display at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. Bookings Essential.

Various Dates 19th to 22nd September 2018 First 19th September 2018

Xylouris White

Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Born into a musical dynasty, he learned his craft at his father’s knee – beloved Greek composer and musician Psarantonis.

Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as the drummer of Dirty Three, Venom P Stinger and now Xylouris White. For the last four years these two men have been performing as Xylouris White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place.

Xylouris White returns to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, Mother. Mother continues the duo’s innovative concoction of free-jazz, avant-rock and ages-old Greek folk traditions that saw their 2014 debut album Goats top the Billboard World Music chart.

On 21st September 2018

Waratah Workshop with Gordon Meiklejohn

Join Gordon Meiklejohn, grower of Australian and South African Flora, to learn how to strike waratah cuttings and hear tips on how best to care for your cuttings and plants. Gordon’s cut flowers are sold in the Sydney Flower Market with his farm in Southwest Sydney specialising in Telopea but also growing Grevilleas, Banksias, Kangaroo Paw, Protea and Brunia. As a propagator who trades as Brimstone Waratahs, he specialises in Telopea and Banksia being mentored by the noted authority on Waratahs, Paul Nixon.

On 22nd September 2018

Wild About Waratahs Festival

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

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

Run Nation Film Festival presented by Travelling Fit (Blue Mountains)

Run Nation Film Festival 2018 presented by Travelling Fit: World Premiere event.

Live the passion, the purpose and the people.

They have selected the very best running films to leave your heart pounding and your mind mesmerised. Presented by Travelling Fit, their 2018 collection of original short films will focus on human-interest stories that use running as the medium of storytelling.

Two hours of heart-pounding of running – you won’t break a sweat, but you may wipe a tear. From the elite athletes’ experience through to the back of the pack runners, you’ll live the good, the bad and the painful. Because it’s more than just tracks and trails, roads and ultras; these are films that will inspire you all to put on your sneakers and pound the pavement. Real life stories with heart, soul and passion that will leave you thinking, talking and to inspire you to reach your next level best.

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

On 22nd September 2018

Always... Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline
Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story.

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.

The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”

The musical play, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as ‘Crazy’, ‘I Fall to Pieces’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Walking After Midnight’… 27 songs in all.

Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success internationally including Canada and Australia and especially in the US, where it had a successful run off-Broadway.

This new production is directed by AFI award-winner Denny Lawrence and stars award winning country music singing sensation Courtney Conway alongside popular stage star Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical) as Louise Seger.

On 22nd September 2018

Varuna Open House

Varuna, the National Writers House is one of Katoomba’s most special places. This is a rare opportunity for the public to come and visit this very unique place, get a sense of what it’s like to work at Varuna as a writer, and find out more about the legacy of the Dark family.

The day includes guided tours of the house and gardens, author talks, poetry and music in the garden. Learn more about Varuna’s programs and make contact with local writers and their work.

Time: 10am - 4pm. See the website closer to the date for tickets and the full program.

On 23rd September 2018

A Conversation with Richard Fidler about Conversations

Richard Fidler’s 'Conversations' has become one of Australia’s most loved radio programs and is Australia’s most downloaded podcast.

Over the last twelve years Richard has developed a singular approach to interviewing, combining deep research with immediate empathy to produce a program which is never less than compelling.

Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may, or may not, have heard about – someone who has seen and done amazing things.

Richard has interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world.

It’s time someone had a conversation with Richard Fidler.

Favourite interviews, the disasters, the how, the why and the art of conversations: this will be a broad ranging and revelatory conversation conducted by fellow ABC host James Valentine.

The audience can expect a never-before-heard insight into the most popular broadcast interviewer in Australian history in this special live show.

Presented by Live Ideas! and Blue Mountains Theatre

On 23rd September 2018

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

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

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

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

On 28th September 2018

Jimmy Vargas and The Black Marias Katoomba

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

On 28th September 2018

Member Event

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

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

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

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

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

On 29th September 2018

Cello and Chocolate - The Bach Suites for Cello Solo

Enjoy a wonderful Cello Solo with Georg Mertens in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House.

Program includes: J.S. Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G major, Cello Suite No 3 in C Major, Cello Suite No 5 in C minor.

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

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

On 29th September 2018

Leura Gardens Festival

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

Saturday, 29 September – Monday, 1 October (public holiday weekend) as well as Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October.

More information will be posted soon.

Daily 29th September to 1st October 2018 Next 29th September 2018

Calling All Ghostbusters

Join them for ‘Calling All Ghostbusters’, their retro 80’s themed Paranormal Investigation and Experiments event. Historic Woodford Academy is the oldest surviving colonial building in the Blue Mountains, this historic venue is reported as one of Australia's most haunted Inn’s but on this night you can be the judge.

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

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

On 29th September 2018

Gadara Wildflowers - Local Waratah Farm Open Day

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

On 30th September 2018

October 2018

Leura Village Fair

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

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

Evergreen Ensemble

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

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

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

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

On 6th October 2018

Children's Bird Walk with Carol Probets

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

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

Suitable for children 6 years+. Bookings essential.

On 9th October 2018

Morning Melodies: The Feelin' Groovy 60's Show

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

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

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

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

On 10th October 2018

Kylie's Calamity - Garden Theatre for Children

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

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

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

Bijou

A café-bar in Paris 1933.

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

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

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

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

Bijou will surprise you at every turn. ?

>>>Reviews<<<

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

Review by Matthew RavenThe Buzz

 

 

 

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

Review by Sam Baranthemusic.com

 

 

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

Review by Kim TownsendSydney Scoop

 

 

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

Disability Access
Member Event

Woodford Academy Ghost Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

1830s Historic colonial buildings

Servants kitchen

The attic

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

Fairfax Room

School Room

Tap Room

PRICE INCLUDES:

National Trust contribution

Light snack and drink

Museum entry

Use of Ghost Hunting Equipment

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Arrive 15 minutes prior to start time

Book early for Friday & Saturday to avoid disappointment.

Private groups bookings available conditions apply.

On 13th October 2018

Member Event

Family Fun Day

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

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

Time: 1pm to 5pm.

On 13th October 2018

National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival

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

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

On 13th October 2018

Spring Bird Walk with Carol Probets

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

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

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

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

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

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

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

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

Please check the website for further details.

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

Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction

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

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

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

Bijou will surprise you at every turn. ​

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

Through Different Eyes

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

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

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

Time: 12.30pm. Bookings essential.

On 20th October 2018

Contemporary Gallipoli

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

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

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

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

A Macquarie University Gallery Touring exhibition curated by Meredith Brice.

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

Blue Fringe Arts Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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

Don McGlashan in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

On 26th October 2018

Steampunk Halloween Dinner Carrington Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 27th October 2018

Disability Access
Member Event

Lithgow Halloween

Stranger Things will be happening in Main Street Lithgow on Saturday 27 October.

Lithgow Halloween 2018 will be taking you back in time to the 1980’s with live music and performances just to remember if you dare, the scariest movies of the 80’s.

The 80’s had great music and some of the best scary characters and movies including Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining and Halloween II.

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

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

On 27th October 2018

Steampunk Halloween Dinner Carrington Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 27th October 2018

Back to Hartley - Family Fair

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

Entry is AUD5 per car, all monies raised will be donated to a local community group in the Lithgow district. (2018 recipient to be advised.)

Back to Hartley is a day of family fun and entertainment with something for every age member of the family to enjoy. A petting zoo, snake show, Lithgow Folk Club , Sally Anne's Dancers, Free pre-school activities , Lithgow Living History - get lashed as a convict, pony rides and much more.

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

The event showcases a variety of hand made arts and crafts, vintage motor bikes, Mountain Cruisers Car Club.

On 28th October 2018

November 2018

John Reischman, Eli West and Eagle and The Wolf

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

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

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

On 1st November 2018

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

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

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

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

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

Please visit the facebook page for more information.

On 3rd November 2018

Blue Mountains Artfest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Buzz on Native Bees - Spring

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

On 17th November 2018

Task Force 72 Model Ship Association Annual Regatta

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

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

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

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

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

December 2018

Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert at Katoomba

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

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

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

On 2nd December 2018

See Santa arrive by Steam Tram

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

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

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

Normal Museum admission fees apply.

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

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

January 2019

Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery

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

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

Bookings are essential.

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

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel

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

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

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

On 20th January 2019

Wines of the West Festival

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

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

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

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

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2019

Rydal Show

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

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

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

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

On 2nd February 2019

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Oberon Show

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Oberon's annual Agricultural Show returns.

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

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

On 10th February 2019

Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

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

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

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

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

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

On 10th February 2019

The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

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

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

On 23rd February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

On 24th February 2019

March 2019

Portland Art Exhibition

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

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

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

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

Blue Mountains Music Festival

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

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

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

See website for more details.

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

Lithgow Agricultural Show

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

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

April 2019

Lower Blue Mountains Artists Trail

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

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

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

On 7th April 2019

Sculpture at Scenic World

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

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

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

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

Plan your autumn arts escape now!

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

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

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

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

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

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

Open day with rides on heritage steam train

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

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

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

On 21st April 2019

May 2019

Leura Harvest Festival

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

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

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

On 3rd May 2019

LithGlow

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

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

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

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow

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

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

On 11th May 2019

Voices of Eskbank, LithGlow

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

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

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

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

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

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

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

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

On 12th May 2019

bentART

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

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

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

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

Check out the bentART website for further details.

On 14th May 2019

Ultra-Trail Australia

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

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

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

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

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

Teddy Bears Day Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

A great day out for all.

On 19th May 2019

Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

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

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

June 2019

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

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

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

On 3rd June 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

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

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

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

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

Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Leura Blue Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

On 24th June 2019

Wollemi Artisan Market

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

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

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

On 30th June 2019

July 2019

Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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