Rowing on the Nepean River at Emu Plains

Emu Plains - Places to See

Emu Plains
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.

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Spring blooms in the Blue Mountains

Hazelbrook - Places to See

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.

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Historic houses at Hartley

Hartley - Places to See

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.

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Ducks on the banks of Wentworth Falls Lake

Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls
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.

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View across the Capertee Valley near Newnes


Interesting ghost town near Lithgow
Newnes is an oil shale ghost town located 45 km north-east of Lithgow in the beautiful Wolgan Valley, 187 km north-west of Sydney. Only the pub, some interesting old coke ovens, piles of bricks, crumbling walls and an old railway tunnel (now alive with glow worms) serve to remind of a time when a large mining community lived here.

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Looking towards Bell from Blackheath


Tiny village at the top of Bell's Line of Road.

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Lennox Bridge east of Blaxland


Large township in the Blue Mountains.

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Autumn poplars on the road from Oberon to Jenolan Caves


Oberon (including O'Connell, Tarana, Gemalla, Black Springs and Burraga)
Isolated township beyond the limits of the Blue Mountains
Oberon is a settlement of some 2500 people located on a chilly plateau, 1113 m above sea-level, 42 km south-east of Bathurst and 183 km west of Sydney. Prime lambs and beef cattle are the main rural industries although vegetable production, tree nurseries, nut tree plantations and bulb farms all play their role. Timber processing by CSR and Boral Timber is a significant secondary industry with wood taken from NSW State Forests, radiata pine plantations and private forest growers.

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