Lisa Perkovic finds the best places to star-gaze during the Year of Astronomy.
Expectant couples are going on babymoons to enjoy a final peaceful fling, writes Kate Cox.
Famous watering hole in the 1920s with extravagant old-style Hydro Majestic Hotel
The small village of Medlow Bath is located 6 km west of Katoomba, 107 km from Sydney and 1050 metres above sea-level. It would hardly be worth mentioning Medlow Bath if it wasn't for the gracious Hydro Majestic Hotel.
Famous for the bushwalks and the nearby home of Australian artist, Norman Lindsay
Located 77 km from Sydney and 447 metres above sea level, Faulconbridge is justifiably famous as the home of Norman Lindsay and the burial site of the 'Father of Federation', Sir Henry Parkes.
Historic town on the banks of the Nepean River
Located 55 km from Sydney and 30 metres above sea level, on the edge of the Blue Mountains, Emu Plains was named after the large numbers of emus which once roamed these flat lands to the immediate east of the Blue Mountains. Today it is fast becoming just another outer western suburb. This is a sad development as it was the location where, in 1819, Governor Lachlan Macquarie established a farm and it was the setting for one of Sydney's most infamous penal stations.
Small town now part of the larger urban sprawl of Leura and Katoomba
Hazelbrook is located 674 m above sea level and 89 km from Sydney. Like all the towns and villages in the Blue Mountains it developed after the arrival of the railway line in the 1860s and with the growing interest in the rural retreat holidays in the 1880s.
Beautifully preserved historic township on the western edge of the Blue Mountains
One of the most pleasant day trips from Sydney is the journey to the historic villages of Hartley and Little Hartley.
Delightful town in the heart of the Blue Mountains noted for its charm and its excellent bushwalking.
Wentworth Falls is named after William Charles Wentworth who, together with Lawson and Blaxland, successfully discovered a route across the mountains in 1813. The three men camped in the area during their trek. It was initially known by the very unromantic name of The Weatherboard, after a weatherboard hut built here in 1814 by William Cox while he was building the first road over the Blue Mountains.