(does not include Sydney)
KATOOMBA & LEURA
●Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa – Lilianfels Avenue, Echo Point; 011-61-2-4780-1200 or 800-237-1236; lilianfels.com.au.
Sights & Sites
●Blue Mountains National Park – Wentworth Falls Overlook.
●Echo Point & Giant Staircase – infobluemountains.net.au/history/giant.htm; near Katoomba; perfect sunset shots; “Giant Staircase” is well-marked trail for short hike.
●Grand Canyon – bluemts.com.au/tourist/thingstodo/bushwalks.asp; medium difficulty trek with tunnel under waterfall.
●Jamison Valley – bluemountainsguides.com.au/details.asp?ID=4.
●Jenolan Caves – bluemts.com.au/tourist/towns/JenolanCaves.asp; jenolancaves.org.au; among world’s largest.
●Mount Solitary – bluemountainsguides.com.au/details.asp?ID=15.
●Sublime Point – prime lookout, south of Leura.
●3 Sisters – rock formation near Katoomba.
●Mungo Lodge – Arumpo Road (100 kms northeast of Mildura, 1.5 kms from Mungo National Park entrance); 011-61-3-5029-7297; mungolodge.com.au; 16 rooms with private baths, as well as 2 cabins; renovated in 2008.
●Quality Hotel Mildura Grand – 7th Street (Mildura); 011-61-3-5023-0511; qualityhotelmilduragrand.com.au; good food.
Sights & Sites
●Lake Mungo – has held scarcely drop of water since Ice Age; 1 of 17 lakes that form Willandra; claypan skirted on eastern edge by “Walls of China” – vast lunette dune.
●Mungo National Park – Sturt Highway and Melaleuca (corner); 011-61-3-5021-8900; environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks; national park in south-west New South Wales, 876 km west of Sydney, in Balranald Shire; part of Willandra Lakes Region, World Heritage Site covering 2.4K sq km; incorporating 17 dry lakes; central feature is Lake Mungo, 2nd largest of dry lakes; park significant for archeological remains discovered there (“Mungo Man”), oldest human remains discovered in Australia, and Mungo Lady, oldest known human to have been ritually cremated; buried on Lake Mungo’s southeastern shores.