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    The chiming of the bellbirds, and the mists of the mountains....great land locked lakes of?

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    The chiming of the bellbirds, and the mists of the mountains....great land locked lakes of vapour, unbelievably white and vast...these are part of the magic which makes the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, one of Australia's greet scenic wonders...Hundreds of square miles of craggy cliff and deep valley and weird rock forms, like the Boar's Head.

    Katoomba is the chief town of the big Local Government area which covers most of the Blue Mountains. At first glance, Katoomba is much like any other country town in Australia...there's the usual main street...and along the footpaths and usual parade of shopping baskets, string bags and prams.

    Govett's Leap,at Blackheath, is one of the spots affected by a current upsurge in the development of tourist facilities in the mountains. A hotel is planned for Govett's Leap to cater for holiday makers. It's expected to cost nearly one-million pounds and will have six hundred bedrooms. The hotel will have a music shell, heliport, golf course, and a residential village, and will be topped by a tower, two hundred and fifty feet high, which will give tourists wide views of the mountain scenery...such as the Grose Valley.

    Near Govett's Leap, too, are the Bridal Veil Falls - 3 thin stream of water dropping one-thousand feet, blown by the wind into a fine lace of spray.

    Now to another new tourist attraction. This is a restaurant... but an unusual one...it has a big circular floor, which slowly revolves, so that, while you eat, you can watch the scenery without having to turn your head. The restaurant, turning six times an hour gives wide views of the Jamieson Valley.

    Lunch over, it's time for a ride in the new Scenic Skyway. A cable five inches thick and fifteen hundred feet long carries the skyway car out over Cook's Crossing...and on the way provides a really bird's eye view of the scenery.

    Millions of droplets of Eucalyptus oil given off by the trees refract the sunlight to provide the soft blue glow which gives the Blue Mountains their name.

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