By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
The 1920s was a time when tourism and travel was a popular craze, and it was to the Blue Mountains the throngs came in droves.
Experience that halcyon age of opulence and elegance through these 1920s-style activities and more during the Roaring 20s Festival and all that Jazz! from February 1 to 23 at various venues throughout the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region.
The annual festival celebrates the era when Australia’s first tourist destination kicked up its heels for a decade-long party.
Highlands Steam & Vintage Fair, Oberon (10am, February 8): Experience the grunt, hiss and clank of industrial steam power. Highlights will include a grand rally of heritage vehicles and road steam engines through the main street; a heritage tractor pull; timber working displays and market stalls; a steam organ; and vehicle and machinery displays. Cost: Cost: adults $10, $5 concession/children, $25 family.
Trains, Trams & Model T’s in the 20s, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Tusculum Rd (10am-4pm, February 1-2): Experience transport in the 1920s at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum which opened in 1913, 100 years after the first European explorers crossed the Blue Mountains. Visitors will be able to ride on the steam tram, amble around displays of historic cars and enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Cost + booking fee: $14 adult, $12 concession $12, $10 school student, children under-4 free, $45 family (2 adults + 2 children) includes museum entry and unlimited train rides.
Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba (February 8): The Blue Mountains Ukulele Group presents one of the most fun and unique events of the year. On February 8 there will be performances and workshops from acts from across Australia. Workshops are for all levels from beginners to advanced including an introduction to songwriting. Cost: free.
Mallet Sports & Croquet on the lawn, Prince George and Clanwilliam streets, Blackheath (1pm-4pm, February 9 and 15): Blue Mountains Croquet Club will hold quintessential 1920s-style sports for the whole family. Dress in your finest period garb and try mallet sports on February 9 and croquet on February 15, along with gateball and g-ball for kids. Cost: $5, afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.