If shopping is your thing you will find lots of speciality shops. One of my favourites is the Moontree candle shop, along with Megalong Books, but there are gift shops, homewares, galleries, clothing and more … and let's not forget the lolly shop.
Next up the highway from Wentworth Falls is Leura. It's a lovely vibrant spot with lots of interesting shops and good places to eat. As such, it is the go-to destination for heaps of tourists and locals and seems to get busier by the day. I couldn't face the hassle of traffic or the hopeless hunt for a car park so decided that my current series on this town will be reposts of images from earlier visits.
The lake is a very pleasant picnic spot with interesting sandstone sculptures but the weather on the day of my photo shoot was not exactly the best to be out an about. Before I finish this town I will go back and to get a photo of the artwork on the water tower artwork.
I guess you are interested in seeing the falls. It was rather useless trying for a shot on this day because the mist was so heavy so you will have to do with the painted mural at the bus stop and follow these links to see more -- Wentworth Falls , the view from the escarpment , top of the falls , and the wonderful walking tracks in the area .
The beginning of Charles Darwin Walk is a very short distance from the shopping centre. Following the track all of the way to the falls is rather more work but unlike most mountain walks is quite an easy grade. I did not walk the track on this occasion but if you can see what I found on previous occasions at this link Darwin's Walk .
Like most parts of the mountains you don't have to venture far from the town to get to the bush. This is Jameson Creek, which is the creek Charles Darwin followed in 1836 walking from the Inn where he was staying to Wentworth Falls.
Let's get started on our next town Wentworth Falls on a damp misty mountain day. Wentworth Falls is named after the famous Australian explorer Wentworth, who together with Blaxland and Lawson crossed the Blue Mountains in 1813 opening up a path to the lands to the west. This is his bust located in the local park. The town takes its slogan from even more famous world explorer "Where Charles Darwin walked". He visited and walked here while on his voyage on the HMS Beagle.
The last place of note is Sir Henry Parkes Park. I usually associate Sir Henry with the town of Faulconbridge, I am not sure why he pops up here. That's the end of our quick photo walk through Bullaburra. In a day or two we will continue to the next town up the highway Wentworth Falls.
I went looking for Red Gum park because it is apparenly named after the Sydney Red Gums (Angophoras) that grow in the area. But I was disappointed to find it was a bush walk rather than a park so gave looking for red trees a miss. Like most mountain towns there is also a bush walk to a waterfall which I did years ago. It's not one of the best walks in the mountains.
Like most Blue Mountains towns it has a railway station where trains take daily commuters to the Sydney to work. The railway platform has been recently extended and there is an amazing labaryth of overpasses to get people across the highway and railway. Again like most mountain towns it is split into two by the highway/railway. I only explored the South side.
It is hard to think of Bullaburra as a town because it doesn't actually have any shops other than this one, which in the past would have been a general store but now sells New Age things. Bullaburra is effectively a residential town.
Happy New Year! I have resolved to begin blogging again and here at Blue Mountains Journal I am going to visit each of the townships that make up our city. First one is Bullaburra, the next town up the highway from where we live at Lawson. A few years ago the council replaced the heritage look town signs with this more modern design, I like it. Each of the towns have their own 'slogan' which is included below the mountain graphic. The residents of Bullaburra chose "Blue Skies Village". Below that is a "Total Fire Ban' sign that can be opened when the weather demands it. The Blue Mountains are very fire prone given that each of our towns is nestled within a national park full of eucalypts.