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Blue Mountains, Australia – plenty to see & do post-bushfires

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The Blue Mountains region has prepared a jam-packed calendar of festivals and events to welcome visitors back to Australia’s first tourist destination.

Blue Mountains Tourism president Jason Cronshaw said while the region was still struggling from mass tourist cancellations during the recent bushfire situation, businesses had taken a positive approach to recovery.

“Compared to other regions where tourism attractions, hotels and infrastructure have been destroyed, we recognise how very blessed we are.

“Much of our 1 million square hectare Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area looks as fantastic as ever, including the globally-recognised Three Sisters scene.

“More bush tracks into the wilderness are opening all the time.

“All the popular tourist strips and businesses are open and welcome visitors.’’

Mr Cronshaw, who also owns the double-decker

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, encouraged people with existing bookings to still come, those who had cancelled to re-book and people considering a trip to #HolidayHereThisYear in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area right on Sydney’s doorstep.

Several long-scheduled festivals and events will go ahead as planned, including annual Roaring 20s Festival events at the Carrington and Hydro Majestic hotels in February, Blue Mountains Music Festival in March and Winter Magic Festival in June.

“The Lady Luck and Wines of the West festivals got things rolling in January and, while crowds were down on previous years, that show of confidence has buoyed the wider business community which will eventually lead the market back to normal.’’

From live music pub gigs, community markets and open days to costumed balls and fundraising dinners, the Blue Mountains will be a hive of non-stop activity throughout 2020.

Take your pick from these upcoming Blue Mountains festivals and events:

February 1:

Great Art Deco Weekend, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba

  1. February 7 – 9: Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

  2. February 8: Roaring 20s Festival, Hydro Majestic Hotel, Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath – Charleston for Charity dance, Majestic Long Lunch, Deco Dinner & The Roslyns

  3. February 8-9 & 29: vintage car rides, Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath

  4. February 15: Woodford Academy open day, Great Western Hwy, Woodford

February 23:

Trains Trams & Ts Roaring 20s event, Valley Heights Rail Museum, Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights

  1. February 29: Gatsby Casino Night for Rotary, Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath

  2. March 13-15: Blue Mountains Music Festival at various venues around Katoomba

  3. March 21: Woodford Academy Harvest Festival, Great Western Hwy, Woodford

April 10-14:

61st Australian National Square Dance Convention, Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls

  1. May 24: Teddy Bears’ Day Out, Valley Heights Rail Museum, Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights

  2. June 20: Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba St, Katoomba

Woodford Academy

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Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge.

Mountain biking on the Oaks track between Glenbrook and Woodford.

The old Lucasville Station platform and stairs on the Lapstone Zig Zag track.

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