Kath was our wonderful organizer and had been scouting out the best places to stay, stop and shop on our blue mountains trip. Below, with Kath’s permission, is the itinerary for the weekend. So if your friendship or craft or quilting group are considering a trip to the Blue Mountains, this might make some of your planning a bit easier.
YQQ BLUE MOUNTAIN TRIP ITINERARY
7.00 am Depart Yass and travel to Cowra for a short toilet stop at 8.30am.
Bathurst First stop for shopping between 10.00am and 11.00am at The Home Patch (Cnr Durham & Stewart St, Bathurst NSW 2795, ).
Next to Bathurst Fabric & Trims “>http://bathurstfabricsandtrims.allthingsquilting.com.au] at 11.00am.
Lunch at Bathurst between 11.30am and 1.00pm. Plus there is a good shoe store as well…The Pussy Foot Shoe Boutique, Shop 4, 149 Howick St, Bathurst.
Arrive at Blackheath at 2.00pm.
Visit Campbell Rhododendron Gardens (Baccante Street, Blackheath. ), Govett’s Leap Lookout and then time to browse the Blackheath shops. Interesting places at blackheath included the Victory Theatre Antiques, and the Collectables and Tradables stores on Station Street (other side of the railway line).
Stay in Blackheath overnight arriving at 5.30pm.
Breakfast at the hotel before departing for Katoomba at 8.30am. Sightseeing at the Three Sisters and Scenic Railway then maybe coffee or chocolate at The Paragon Café.
Visit The Stitching Post “>http://www.thestitchingpost.com.au] at 9.30am. Hopefully have time to browse the shops. We depart for Leura at 11.00am.
Arrive at Leura at 11.15 am where we visit Picklemouse House “>http://www.picklemousecorner.com]. By November they should have the full range of Jinny Beyer fabrics. For those of you who would prefer a garden visit, The Everglades Gardens are near. Entry fee is $8 but if you have a National Trust Membership then entry is free.
Lunch and shopping at Leura and depart at 1.45pm.
Faulconbridge Visit The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Garden “>http://www.normanlindsay.com.au/index.php] (Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge) at 2.30pm. There is also a gift shop. We leave here at 4.00pm.
We then proceed onto Glenbrook arriving at 4.15pm at the Post Office Patchwork Shop. 33 Ross St, Glebrook, NSW. Phone 02 4739 9555. E: popatchwork.
We leave for Penrith at 5.00pm.
Penrith is where we stay overnight. We meet at 7.00pm for dinner. The choice is yours, although the Stone Grill ) and Akira Teppanyaki Restaurant (19 Lawson St, Penrith) closer to the main street of Penrith are good places for dinner.
Breakfast at 7.30am at the hotel. We will be visiting Folklore/Penrith Patchwork “>http://penrithpatchwork.com.au/index.php] at 9am.
Depart for the Southern Highlands at 9.45am.
Arrive at Mittagong at The Village Quilt Shop (13 Station St, Mittagong NSW 2575) at 11.00am our first stop. We depart at 11.30am for Berrima.
Berrima is where we lunched between 12.00am and 2.00pm. The Berrima Patchwork Shop (21 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577, (02) 4877 1382, ).
Return to Yass at 4.00pm.
I think after all this I learned that most of us could only cope with two or three fabric shops in a day, needed some other activities and some nice places to both eat and rest along the way and a comfy bed. Kath had obviously already figured out this formula and the trip was loads of fun. Though I have to say for a group of 16 or so quilters there was only two of us sewing on the bus!
Happy travelling and quilting, and now it must be time for a relaxing cuppa.