... a dreamer, freelance writer, massage therapist, naturopath, mother & drop-out social work student living, working and writing in the Blue Mountains. When not occupied with the real world, she writes fantasy.
Release your inner wizard & join the revelry of winter
Street scene from the Grand Parade, Winter Magic Festival, 2014, Katoomba
For some community spirit and a touch of magic, head up the hill for the Winter Magic Festival at Katoomba, the Blue Mountains most famous and iconic town.
Release your inner wizard or wizardress and defeat the cold with some winter revelry amongst thousands of others. What inspires me most about this festival is the sight of so much jubilance, dancing and singing in the face of one of the coldest, meanest days of the year.
Now into its 23rd year, Winter Magic Festival makes its annual appearance this year on saturday 18th June. Starting life as a celebration of the winter solstice organized and run by the vibrant arts community of the Blue Mountains, these days it's the biggest drawcard on the Blue Mountains calendar, attracting thousands of outsiders drawn from Sydney and the outer west, as well as the local community itself.
The parade and stalls also feature many community groups, active in local projects. Vintage costumes and magical themes feature strongly each year.
Craft, food, clothing, jewellery and other stalls throughout Katoomba Street, a parade of locals and entertainment in local venues are the main features of the day. The latter usually require admittance fees.
Fun stall items at the Winter Magic Festival, 2014
The parade consists of about 500 locals including community groups, dancers, drummers and musicians, mostly in costumes.
The parade starts from the intersection of Lurline and Waratah streets at 11.30am, continues into Katoomba street (the main street of Katoomba). From the top of Katoomba street it moves into Main street (the street parallel to the rail station) and finishes in Parke street.
Costumes to die for at Winter Magic Festival (2014). I want what she's wearing.
By car: From Sydney take the M4 motorway all the way up to Katoomba. Katoomba is the main tourist town of the Blue Mountains and is about 100km's from Sydney. From the M4 you turn left into the town at traffic lights.
The main street will be blocked off for the day for the festival event. Find parking in surrounding streets or try the shopping centre carparks (around Woolworths, Big W and Coles) if you get stuck.
By train: Better still, catch the train. The rail station is located right in the centre of the town and from there you can walk straight out of the station and into the thick of the festival. Check in advance for any interruptions to regular train services - you know how CityRail and CountryLink is!
The steampunk guy - a touch of vintage comes to town