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What a fantastic adventure as we proceed along tracks thickly ladened with ferns, traverse at least a dozen creek crossings, several foot bridges, explore numerous waterfalls and cascades, pass under extensive rock ledges, check out a few caves, all while trying to avoid leeches and keep our feet reasonably dry. We start our journey with a scamper down the dark and somewhat mysterious Sassafras Gully on our way to Perch Ponds for a break and a scrounge around, then onto Martin Falls, Blue Pool, Magdala Falls before we head back following the beautiful Magdala Creek through the picturesque fern covered Magdala Gully to Springwood allowing for a rest stop at Fairy Dell Reserve. About 10 kilometres and four hours on the hoof, bit more if your feeling like a tourist. An interesting descent through Sassafras Gully with a gentle and not to strenuous ascent of Magdala Gully along the Creek. Give us a buzz if you can't put the pieces together at[masked]
The Bunker Cafe, great coffee and delicious food, just what we need to kick start our day. When we finally finish eating we had better buy some more to enjoy at lunchtime overlooking the Grose River. Hope you brought your camera along because we are about to embark upon the Blue Gum Swamp Trail, you guessed it, plenty of beautiful tall Blue Gums,(no swamp) simply fantastic in an amazing pristine location. The full loop,(with surprise) including lunch at a look-out above the Grose River is 14 kilometres and should take a maximum of 5 hours including lunch break, rest stops and time for exploring and photography. You can always take the shorter 9 klm loop back if you have had enough but the full walk is rewarding if you can conquer Bee's Nest Hill (note hill) to the lookout, besides you can always rest up tomorrow with a sickie. In summary, a walk with a challenging surprise (Bee's Nest Hill, a steep and gravelly climb to lookout for lunch) other than that just relax and enjoy the amazing Blue Gums with friends and new acquaintances. What to bring; water, food, hat, sunblock, footwear with good traction and anything else I've forgotten Ring me on[masked] if your not to sure about the leader. P. S. This walk is in conjunction with Parra- Matters-Most-For-Walkers meet up group. Come one, come all.
Winter Magic Festival is returning for 2019 Katoomba's winter solstice celebration is returning to Katoomba Street on Saturday 22 June 2019! Instead of putting all our energy into the parade we've opted to fill Katoomba Street with life and energy for the entire day. We can guarantee our audience won't miss out - festival darlings Hands, Heart and Feet, Ghawazi Caravan and Wagana Dancers will present new and exciting work, and we're assembling a fabulous lineup of musicians, artists and street performers. We'll also have carefully curated market and food stalls and the traditional concert and fireworks on the steps of The Carrington Hotel.