Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Taronga operates two zoos, Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. They have cared for animals for over a century and our zoos deliver experiences and programs that create genuine connections between people and wildlife.
Taronga is involved in a wide range of conservation activities in Australia and globally and makes a significant contribution to reverse the decline of endangered species. Taronga’s two Wildlife Hospitals care for and treat around 1,200 animals every year. Both hospitals, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, are responsible for maintaining the health of the Zoos’ animals, and treat and rehabilitate wildlife brought to the hospitals.
Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry, with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and free shows and keeper talks throughout the day. 4,000 animals to see, over 20 keeper talks and shows a day, tours, events & concerts and our QBE Free Flight Bird Show and Seal Presentation, there’s plenty to see and do during your visit. Don’t forget to check out our guided tours and animal encounters! There’s always plenty happening at Taronga Zoo.
Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088. Ph: 02 9969 2777. https://taronga.org.au
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Start your safari adventure at the Information Desk in the Savannah Visitor Plaza where the friendly team will help you plan your visit. You’ll find the Zoo Shop here as well with its great range of toys, clothing,
hats, books, accessories and more. All proceeds from the Zoo Shop contribute to Taronga’s ongoing conservation work, securing a future for wildlife and people. You can travel around the Zoo’s 6km circuit by car,
bike, electric cart or on foot. Bikes and electric carts are available for hire. You’ll also find Bakhita’s Café in the Savannah Visitor Plaza for a sit down dining experience, or grab something light and easy. The Streets Kiosk, located halfway round the circuit, is a great place for a pit stop. Free gas barbecues are at major picnic grounds throughout the Zoo and near the Safari Park playground.
A guided bus tour to bring you face to face with Cheetah and Black Rhinoceros, a Sumatran Tiger or African Lion. Discover fascinating animal and Zoo facts on a leisurely guided behind-the-scenes walk. This 300 hectare open-range sanctuary undertakes a vital role in national and international programs for rare and endangered species.
Open every day of the year 9am – 4pm. Your ticket is valid for 2 consecutive days so if you miss something today, you can always come back tomorrow.
Follow us: facebook.com/tarongawesternplainszoo, twitter.com/TarongaZoo.
Obley Road, Dubbo NSW. Ph 02 6882 5888. Web: www.taronga.org.au
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Winner of “Major Tourist Attraction” NSW 2009, Featherdale is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian native animals. Featherdale is Sydney’s ultimate interactive wildlife experience, providing visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of its “Aussies”. Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus or cuddle up to a koala at anytime of day.Featherdale is midway between Sydney and the Blue Mountains and is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Address: 217 Kildare Road, Doonside Sydney Phone: (02) 9622 1644
Hawkesbury Drives and Historical Tours
There is so much to see and do in the Hawkesbury – beautiful scenery, national parks, majestic rivers, quiet secret places, historic townships, heritage buildings. Directions and maps for self drive tours are available from Hawkesbury Visitor Information. All of the drives radiate from Windsor, an easy drive one hour north west of Sydney. For information contact Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre: Ham Common Park, Hawkesbury Valley Way (Formerly Windsor St) Clarendon Phone: (02) 4578 0233 Website: www.hawkesburytourism.com.au
Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail
In under an hour from Sydney, you can be exploring quiet country lanes, visiting farms, wineries, galleries, artisans, cafes and much more. You can Taste, Buy and Learn from the people who grow our food, see, hear and feel a sensory experience you won’t forget. And at the end of a revitalising day, take in the comforts and hospitality of a country pub or B&B, then wake up to a country morning and hearty breakfast to send you on your way. Phone: 0406 237 877 Website: www.hawkesburyharvest.com.au
Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail
The Hawkesbury has long been known as the “Home of Artists” and the trail, created by Artists for Artists, includes local galleries and the inspirational studios of some of the region’s best known artists and artisans. They showcase a diverse range of art forms including painting, woodwork, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Meet the artists in their studios and learn more about their art and watch them create. Website: www.haat.com.au
Tobruk Sheep Station
Something different for the family and friends. An exciting, fun-filled day at Sydney’s own Tobruk Sheep Station, just 40 mins from Castle Hill. The Outback Show every Sunday from 10.30am-2.30pm includes stockmen on horseback, sheep mustering, working dog displays, sheep shearing, whip cracking and boomerang throwing. Also included: billy tea and hamper and a hearty two course country lunch, licensed bar and gift shop. Bookings are essential. Also available are farmstay, camping, birthday parties, weddings and special events. Address: 5050 Old Northern Road, Maroota Phone: (02) 4566 8223 Website: www.tobruksheepstation.com.au
Take a ride on a unique Trolley Bus and see the best of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy Katoomba and Leura World Heritage sights as you experience a travel feature of bygone days.
Tour includes full commentary on the history of the Blue Mountains. A $20 all day pass allows you to hop on and hop off at any of the 29 Great Attractions (Trolley buses run hourly). The pass also entitles you to unlimited stops and travel on Blue Mountains Bus Services including Wentworth Falls, Blackheath and Govetts Leap Lookout for more great scenic bushwalks and spectacular views.
Address: 285 Main Street, Katoomba Phone: 1800 801 577 Website: www.trolleytours.com.au
The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
The Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge is the home of the Magic Pudding and displays the work of artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). Run by the National Trust, the sandstone cottage and landscaped grounds are open 7 days a week and there is a specialist gift shop and cafe.
A magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and ship models displayed in the artist’s former home. The landscaped grounds include a cafe and a specialist print and book shop. Open daily from 10am to 4pm. Address: 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge Phone: 4751 1067 Website: http://www.normanlindsay.com.au
Blue Mountains National Park
The Park, a scenically dramatic region, is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It is a wonderland of sandstone cliffs, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests. The Blackheath NP Heritage Centre provides information on the Park and surrounding areas, an interactive educational display, video screenings and a gallery. Open 9am-4.30pm seven days. Address: Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath Phone (02) 4787 8877 Website www.environment.nsw.gov.au/contact/Blackheath.htm
Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system – with 11 spectacular show caves, pure underground rivers and amazing formations – Jenolan Caves is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world.
Guided show cave tours, thrilling adventure tours, cave concerts and fun and fascinating history tours. Accommodation – historic Caves House, modern Mountain Lodge, self contained cottages.
Phone: (02)6359 3911 or 1300 763 311 Website: www.jenolancaves.org.au
Float on air in the Skyway with its world first Electro-Sceni Glass Floor. Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. For the less adventurous, seating and solid flooring is also available! With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon.
Ride the steepest incline Railway in the world. The Railway experience descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. Operating since 1945, the Scenic Railway has thrilled 25 million passengers – this is the fifth generation train to ride the tracks since the Hammon family opened the attraction.
Stroll along the Walkway and refresh both your spirit and soul! Brilliant in sunshine and even better in the rain, this elevated boardwalk immerses visitors in Jurassic rainforest on the Jamison Valley floor with minimal impact on the environment. Along the way, explore elements of the site’s coal mining history including the mine entrance, a replica miners’ hut and scale bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony. Options for various walks taking ten minutes or a full hour are clearly signposted, along with the wheelchair accessible link between the bottom Cableway and Railway stations.
Quietly glide out of the valley aboard the Cableway, taking in the breathtaking panorama of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. The 510 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and also returns visitors to the top of the escarpment. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin provides a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.
Address: Cnr Violet St & Cliff Dr, Katoomba (02)4782 2699 Website: www.scenicworld.com.au
Zig Zag Railway
Come and visit the Zig Zag Railway at Clarence. For all steam engine buffs and for those who aren’t (they’ll convert you), a thrilling experience is to be had by young and old. Watch out for the ‘Friends of Thomas’ and ‘Wizards Express’ weekends, an opportunity to get dressed up and join in the fun.
The Zig Zag is a full size, narrow gauge tourist railway located at Clarence, ten km east of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Built in the 1860s, the line was constructed to transport people and produce from the western plains of NSW to Sydney. It was replaced in 1910 by a 10 tunnel deviation. The trains, track and rollingstock are maintained and operated by the Zig Zag Railway Co-op Ltd, a voluntary, “not for profit’ co-operative. The Zig Zag Railway can be reached by road or by CityRail train. The Zig Zag Railway ran steam trains and rail motors between 1975 and 2012.
Zig Zag is a non profit Co-operative that relies on ticket sales and donations to keep the magic of steam alive.
Address: Bells Line of Road, Clarence Website: www.zigzagrailway.com.au
Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
Embark on a botanic journey around the globe through the 28 hectares of landscaped gardens and pristine Blue Mountains cool weather rainforest. Take a guided tour and enjoy panoramic mountain views and world class facilities including a la carte restaurant, visitor centre and gift shop. Buy a Wollemi pine. Explore the recently opened 33 hectare jungle and stay in the Jungle Lodge. Check out the flora and fauna in this rich ecosystem. Address: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah Phone: (02)4567 3000
Hartley Historic Site
The village of Hartley, near the foot of Mount Victoria, was the “gateway to the west” after it was established in 1837, until the arrival of the railway in 1887. Its famous courthouse and a large portion of the remaining village are now maintained by the Dept of Environment and Climate Change as an historic site. An information centre is open 7 days a week, and tours of the courthouse are conducted at set times on most days. Pre-booked tours for schools and other groups can be arranged. Address: Great Western Highway, Hartley Phone: (02)6255 2117
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library. The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains. Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the World Heritage area, it links the main shopping precinct on Katoomba Street through enhanced pedestrian connections. Address: 30 Parke Street, Katoomba Phone: (02) 4780 5410 Website: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms
Bygone Beautys is nestled in the village of Leura within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The tearooms and showrooms offer visitors a truly memorable experience. Home of world’s largest private collection of teawares, including more than 5,500 teapots from all over the world and spanning five centuries, most items are on display in the Treasured Teapot Museum.
The ultimate experience is to enjoy the famous silver service Traditional High Tea or the ever-popular Devonshire Tea in the Bygone Beautys Tearooms. Visitors can also purchase estate jewellery (gold, silver and diamonds), antiques, collectables and contemporary quality gifts, including a wide variety of boutique teas – all scattered throughout the Retail Emporium.
Address: 20-22 Grose Street , Leura. Phone (2) 4784 3117 Website: http://www.bygonebeautys.com.au/
Victoria Theatre Antique Centre Blackheath
Victoria Theatre and Antique Centre offers and impressive range of furniture, jewellery, fine porcelain and china, works of art, silver, rugs, light fittings, books, records, needlework and accessories.
Address: 17-19 Govetts Leap Road Blackheath Phone: (02) 4787 6002 Website: http://www.victorytheatre.com.au/general.htm
Mayfield Garden is one of the largest privately owned cool climate gardens in the world. It is nestled within a 5000 acre working farm near Oberon in the Central West Tablelands of New South Wales. The water garden, with its winding paths and children’s discovery area, will be the centre piece of exciting future developments at Mayfield Garden that will include a garden shop, retail nursery, garden design centre and café. What makes our spring and autumn open weekends so special is you have chance to wander through the entire garden, experiencing the colours and growth of two vibrant seasons. Address: 530 Mayfield Road, Oberon Phone: (02) 6336 3131 Website: http://www.mayfieldgarden.com.au
Mamre House offers beautiful space for any number of guests in our breath taking, landscaped gardens which make a stunning setting for weddings, celebrations, christenings and wakes. The restaurant, in this unique heritage building, with a paved stone verandah looking out onto the roses and oak tree, provides a peaceful setting for family and friends to gather. Function rooms are light and face into a grassed courtyard providing a great space for interactive corporate events. Our team creates highly personalised and distinctive occasions that will be remembered for years to come. Visit Mamre House for your next event – Or drop in for a Tour of our Farm and enjoy Devonshire scones.(bookings essential numbers over 10 people) Mamre cafe is no longer open to passing trade so we can better accomodate our Events. Address: 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills Phone: (02) 9670 5321 Website: http://mamre.com.au
Selwood Science & Puzzles
If you are looking for a gift for a child or adult, you are bound to find something here. There is well over 1000 different items suitable for all ages. A selection of them can be found in this on-line catalogue. The puzzle room is full of all types of puzzles, many of them opened up and just waiting to be solved by budding Einsteins. Jigsaws, as well as wood, metal, educational, executive, and just fun puzzles are here. The book room is absolutely full of different puzzle and science books. Just look at the categories in this on-line catalogue gives you an idea of the range. There are puzzle and maze books ranging from easy to challenging and then to downright difficult. The science room has science kits and toys that are mainly for students who would like to understand more. These include dinosaurs, electricity, crystal growing, chemistry sets to name a few. You will be amazed at the number of science activities that can be found in the one place. Address: 41 Railway Pde, Hazelbrook Phone: 4758 6235 Website: www.selwoodscience.com.au
Central West Getaways
At Central West Getaways, we pride ourselves on our ability to give you personalised attention, each and every time. Its important to us to give you, our valued customers, excellent value and service every time you travel in our bus, and with Central West Getaways, we can help you achieve the best outcome for your planned trip. Central West Getaway Day Tour adventures change every two weeks, and could range from local natural attractions, festivals, events continuing with visits to quaint village markets and all within a 250km radius of Orange.
Phone: 0413 551 212 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.centralwestgetaways.com
Capertree Valley is wider and longer than the USA’s Grand Canyon and is the world’s second largest canyon. Sandstone cliffs dominate the escarpment, drawing down into a deep chasm carved into the environment over millions of years. From the top of Pantoney’s Crown is a 360 degree panorama of the dramatic and breathtaking valley. With tranquil vistas and serene mountain landscapes the Capertee Valley is abundant in flora and fauna, providing the perfect opportunity to encounter nature in a natural environment.
The valley is recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of the 50 top birdwatching places in the world. All 19 bird watching sites shown on the Bird Trail map are easily accessible.
For more information: http://www.tourism.lithgow.com
Capertee Valley Helicopters
Capertee Valley Helicopters is a locally owned and operated helicopter hire company specialising in joy flights and charter in the central west of New South Wales. Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter ride in the vivid blue skies over the central west on a joy flight taking you to the Capertee Valley, Wollemi National Park, a winery tour, remote picnic or a pub crawl, even plan your own flight. Address: 4675 Castlereagh Highway, Capertee Phone: 02 6359 0157