It’s back! The Scenic Railway rides again

The April school holidays will give you a great chance to say hello to the new Scenic Railway – with track upgrades and all-new carriages, in the familiar drop-into-the-unknown experience that’s made the former mining railway a Blue Mountains faviourite. More information here.

Cool nights – and mulled wine!

February and March is a glorious time in the Blue Mountains, with pleasant days and cool nights offering the best of both worlds. While the rest of the State swelters, enjoy perfectly civilised average maximum temperatures of 20-22ºC, ideal whether your passion is bushwalking, exploring the region’s gardens, sampling or picking fresh regional produce of exploring antique and vintage stores in the Mountains’ villages .

Meanwhile, overnight temperatures drop to 11-13ºC, just right for curling up under the doona or even enjoying our cottages’ slow combustion stoves.

Mulled wine, anyone? Just ask, and we’ll put a Herbie’s mulling wine spice pack in your cottage – at no charge.

March: Blue Mountains Folk Festival

We would expect Blue Mountains accommodation – including Bunjaree Cottages – to fill early for the Blue Mountains Folk Festival in March 2013.

The line-up looks pretty impressive: so far, the list includes Garrumul, Kate Miller-Heidke, Chris Smither, Luka Bloom, and Ngaiire.

And then there’s the headline – Arlo Guthrie. Enough said!

Well, we at least need an offer, so here it is: Any booking for the Blue Mountains Folk Festival will receive three nights for the price of two, for the first two adults. That’s $380 for three nights – within ten minutes of the festival!

For children and extra adults, the normal rate ($15 per night for children, $30 per night for adults) will apply.

The offer is valid until January 31, 2012.

School holidays and other events for January 2013

Since there are still vacancies for January 2013, we thought we would gather a “what’s on” for guests planning a school holiday visit.

Mount Tomah – Quirky Nature Quest (Jan-Feb) Tomah

Until the end of February, the wonderful Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens is a summer “adventure into nature” – and maps with clue sheets are just $3.50 each, making this a wonderfully affordable day out.

Leura Shakespeare FestivalLeura Shakespeare Festival (Jan 5-20)

The hard-working performers from the Sport for Jove Theatre and the National are putting on two performances Saturdays and Sundays, drawn from Twelfth Night and a double bill of the Comedy of Errors and The Tempest. Running from January 5 to January 20.

Holiday Art School (Jan 7-11)

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is running a one-week art school suitable for children between the ages of 5 and 10, at the centre in Parkes Street Katoomba. It’s $45 per day or $200 for the week.

Crop and Swap (Various dates) cropandswap

If you’re a grower or a maker, check out the Faulconbridge Crop and Swap markets on Saturday January 12, February 9, March 9 or April 13. Don’t bring money with you – bring something to swap!

LadyLuckLady Luck Festival (Jan 18-19)

For two days only – January 18 and 19 (Friday and Saturday) – Carrington Place at Katoomba will come alive with the feel of the 1950s. The burlesque workshop might not be for the kids, but Saturday’s outdoor event will feature hot rods, vintage cars, market stalls and more.

Australia Day: Annual Gnome Convention

Glenbrook Park comes alive each year with stalls, rides, and more garden gnomes than you can count!