On behalf of Katoomba Christian Convention we would like to thank you for your prayers this bushfire season. Due to the incredible work of the NSW RFS and God’s kindness in providing rain, the KCC site has remained safe and standing over summer, and seen three massive weeks of conferences impact attendees with God's Word. We are thankful that there were no building losses in Katoomba and beyond - and our lookouts remain beautiful, with plenty of green bushland areas for walking and enjoying!
While this is good news for KCC, we want to acknowledge that Blue Mountains businesses are struggling with the loss of their peak summer trade. For this reason, we want to invite KCC delegates to consider supporting bushfire affected areas by visiting the Blue Mountains for a day, overnight or a weekend. Join us in supporting local businesses, encouraging the local church, and helping to boost morale.
Here are some suggestions for your visit:
1. Blackheath Grower’s Market
Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Blackheath Growers Market. Meet the growers and producers of a fantastic array of foods. The Market is run in the mornings until noon on the second Sunday of each month from February to December.
2. National Day of Prayer & Fasting (22 February 2020)
Christians in Katoomba will be gathering at the StayKCC site on Saturday 22 February, 10am-12pm, to pray for the local community. The theme of the event is “Together for the glory of God” and is a great opportunity for Christians to pray for our nation. This is an interdenominational event planned by local churches in Katoomba, and everyone is welcome.
3. The Clean Standup Comedy Hour with ‘Uncle Nath’ (22 February 2020)
Join us for a night of laughs with local comedian Nathan Ranclaud, also known as ‘Uncle Nath’. Nathan employs clean humour to share the gospel message to audiences of all ages. He will be performing on Saturday 22 February, 7:30pm at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church. Tickets are $15 and available from his website: www.unclenath.com
4. Fantastic Aussie Tours
Fantastic Aussie Tours is proudly an Australian, family owned company which has been operating in the Blue Mountains since 1974. Explore the Blue Mountains using their Hop On Hop Off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. More info: www.fantastic-aussie-tours.com.au/
5. Painting Class: Paint, Sip & Watch the Sunset
Enjoy a 3-hour painting workshop with Fran Crane (Lady Bird Design). The workshop is a step-by-step guide into how to paint original artwork onto canvas. The venue for this workshop overlooks treetops into the Valley of the Waters and will be hosted at sunset so that you can enjoy the changing colours of the sky while you paint. The next workshop will be held on Saturday 14 March 2020.
6. Blue Mountains Biking Adventures
Explore the trails, towns and scenic hotspots of the Blue Mountains on two wheels, with self-guided tours and electric bike hire available. Visit the shopfront in Katoomba for walk-in mountain bike or electric ‘urban’ bike hire, with the latter the perfect option for those who want to explore without raising a sweat.
7. The Polished Opal
Learn about Australia’s national gemstone as you learn how to release the fire from the stone at hands-on workshops at The Polished Opal. Each participant receives three stones to polish during the three-hour classes, under the guidance of polishing expert Sonja van As. You’ll also receive a display case to keep your treasures in.
More info: https://www.visitbluemountains.com.au/the-polished-opal
8. Hydro Majestic Pavilion
Celebrating the spirit of the Royal Easter Show pavilions of Sydney’s old showgrounds and operating as a magnificent interactive ‘living’ history space, the Hydro Majestic Pavilion will house a vibrant display showcasing boutique and unique food and wine from the Blue Mountains and its regions. Regions showcased will include Mudgee, Bathurst, Orange and the Western Plains. Open daily 9am 5pm: https://www.hydromajestic.com.au/87-hydro-pavilion
9. Bygone Beautys
Step into a more gracious era at Bygone Beautys, a collection of Blue Mountains cottages, a tearoom and teapot museum located in Leura. The self-contained cottages offer a romantic home-away-from home, with guests enjoying half-priced Devonshire Tea at Bygone Beautys tearooms. The tearooms are open daily for lunch or light refreshment, set amongst antiques and bric-a-brac.
More info: http://www.bygonebeautys.com.au/
10. Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum
Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum is the Southern Hemisphere's largest collection of toys, trains and associated memorabilia. Whether you're a family or a serious collector, the world class displays of 20th century toys, from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland will captivate and entertain. The displays are housed in an historic early 20th century mansion, set in lush, 5 hectare award-winning gardens filled with interactive displays and picturesque scenes. Open daily 10am-5pm.
For more info visit: https://www.toyandrailwaymuseum.com.au/
Relax with us at Easter Convention
Easter Convention takes place at the KCC Conference Centre nestled amongst 13 hectares of spectacular bushland on the edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. Get away over the Easter long weekend with the entire family and be immersed in God’s Word whilst relaxing in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Connect with family and friends, and grow in your walk with Jesus together. For tickets or more info: www.easterconvention.com