As most people will be aware, some parts of the Blue Mountains were affected by fires in October. These fires caused loss of homes in the lower Blue Mountains areas near Winmalee and Springwood. However, it is important to note that the Upper Blue Mountains areas that is most frequented by tourists and our guests are completely unaffected by smoke or fires. Areas impacted by the fires are a good 45 minute drive from Glen Isla and the major tourist destinations such as the Three Sisters, Scenic World, Leura and Wentworth Falls have been unaffected and continue to operate as per normal.
While here at Glen Isla, we’ve been fortunate enough not to be affected by cancellations, many businesses in the area experiencing a significant downturn. Tourism is the major industry in the area, so it is important that people continue to visit the Blue Mountains to keep our community alive. So please, while you’re visiting our beautiful area and staying here at Glen Isla, please remember to support our locally run businesses. The Blue Mountains is very much open for business and remains a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit.
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The world famous Blue Mountains brings tourists from all over the world to Australia to marvel at their beauty. A common question from visitors (and locals alike!) is: Why are the Blue Mountains blue? When looking at the Mountains from a distance, they appear blue and take on a strong blue haze. This has baffled visitors since Europeans first settled in Sydney in the late 1700s.
So… why are the Blue Mountains blue?
The Blue Mountains are densely covered by Eucalyptus trees which release fine droplets of oil into the atmosphere. When combined with dust particles and water vapour, the Eucalyptus oil droplets scatter short wavelength rays of light which are mainly blue in colour. This is an optical phenomenon which is called “Rayleigh scattering”.
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2013 marks 200 years since the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. Coming up this month, there will be lots of great activities and events to mark this historic occasion.
Blue Mountains Bicentennial Fly Over – 25th May 2013.
One of the most spectacular planned events will be the Bicentennial Fly-Over. Up to 200 aircraft are expected to take part in a flyover on May 25th including RAAF Roulettes. This event will be the first ever flyover for the Blue Mountains and the largest ever civilian flyover in Australia. Spectators will be able to enjoy this event from a number of great viewing locations. We recommend the following places for a great view:
1. Melrose Hall Park – Emu Plains
2. Glenbrook Park – Glenbrook
3. Faulconbridge Public School – Faulconbridge
4. Lawson Public School – Lawson
5. Blue Mountains Grammar School – Wentworth Falls
6. The Carrington Hotel Chimney – Katoomba
7. Melrose Park – North Katoomba
8. The Gardens – Blackheath
9. Mount Victoria Memorial Park – Mount Victoria
10. Hartley Historic School – Hartley
11. O’Connell Avenue Cafe & Store – O’Connell
The flyover will commence at approximately 10.30am over Penrith, and head west.
We’re excited to be taking part in the flyover with Amy’s father Andrew joining in the festivities in his beloved R44 helicopter “Harold”. We’ll be sure to include some pictures of the day here on our blog.
Blue Mountains Crossing Re-Enactment (11 – 31 May 2013)
As close as practicable to the original route, in the same time frame, and with similar equipment as the original crossing, the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Re-enactment crossing of the Blue Mountains in May 2013 will be a 21 day event to retrace the steps of Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth. The party consists of 7 people, three representing Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth, three representing convicts and one kangaroo hunter. They will be accompanied by four horses and five dogs.
Click to find out more information on the Blue Mountains Bicentennial Celebrations