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Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2012

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Image courtesy of Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism

Regularly featured in many travel brochures on Australia, the Blue Mountains are already well known with locals and tourists visiting New South Wales. Come October, Chairman Randall Walker and his team at Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism will be sharing another interesting piece of their world heritage backyard with the world.

From October 6 to 14, the Festival of Walking will celebrate the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area including Lithgow and Oberon by hosting an extensive series of walk-related events from the easy strolls of the streets to wilderness treks. This is annual 9-day effort to showcase the region, its quaint villages, gardens and produce while encouraging people to put on their walking shoes and get some free mountain air and exercise with friends and family.

Randall shared that the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region is the richest destination for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts on the continent, with its sheer canyons, vast wilderness and temperate climate. Visitors can lace up their shoes and head from their front door to a rugged valley or high plateau in an afternoon or stroll from historic pub to historic pub through quiet, tree-line streets.

Image courtesy of Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism

Festival of Walking's Director Sean Greenhill added that the organiser's aim is to show that everyone can enjoy the great outdoors. Therefore visitors can expect more than just the conventional bushwalking activities aimed at super fit athletes. The events in the Festival will illustrate the diversity of the region and show visitors that there is really much more to see and do in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon.

Some of the interesting events include a leisurely singles walk with dinner and entertainment, history tours around Katoomba, parks and back streets of Blackheath and the laneways of Wentworth Falls, a beer enthusiast's walk, history tours of The Carrington Hotel with wine and cheese tasting and Devonshire tea and activities for families and children. Slow Food Blue Mountains and Cittaslow Katoomba Blue Mountains have helped make 3 self-guided walks possible including a Katoomba Heritage and Arts walk, shopping walk and coffee trail walk.

The Festival of Walking will be held across the region including locations, like Jenolan Caves, the Glow Worm Tunnel near Lithgow and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah as well as the various towns in Blue Mountains.

Image courtesy of Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism

To help you keep safe on longer and more remote walks, free personal locator beacons can be loaned from accredited Visitor Information Centres at Glenbrook and Echo Point Katoomba, Oberon, NPWS Blackheath or after hours at Katoomba or Springwood Police Stations.

So put aside your winter throws, get on your walking shoes, water bottle, waterproof jacket and hat and head off with friends and family to enjoy the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon.
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Why? The annual Festival of Walking offers an interesting way to enjoy Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon
When: 6 to 14 October at scheduled times
Where: Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon
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