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The Whistler

Blue Mountains   -  Australia

ADVENTURES - HISTORY

Mulheran's Masterpiece

Historian Jim Smith reveals the struggle to maintain famed trackmaker Peter Mulheran's walking trail on Kings Tableland. The track offers magnificent views plus a lookout with a distant view of the full drop of Vera Falls in the Jamison Valley. His article includes a map for use on smartphones and tablets.

ISSUES

Modifying Our Railway Line

Check out the changes needed for the new Intercity Fleet. Download the official report to see how your station is affected.

ISSUES

Vanishing Aussie Backyards

A Perth academic looks at the issue of suburban backyards being lost to higher-density housing and massive project homes on small lots.

NATURE

Lyrebirds Mimicry

You may be lucky and hear or see a lyrebird on your Mountains walk. Learn more about lyrebird display habits and mimicry.

HISTORY

Shooting Wildlife for Sport

Shooting Blue Mountains wildlife for sport was a tourist attraction in the late 19th century. Not just wallabies and wombats, but lyrebirds, possums and platypus faced the shotgun and rifle.

GARDENS

Composting with Costa

Two videos by Costa will pave your way to success with composting - even if you've failed before. You could become a Compost Contributor under the BMCC's new trial.

TECHNOLOGY

Western Sydney Airport Revealed

Check out this video impression of Sydney's proposed new airport at Badgerys Creek. Learn what's involved in creating it and how it will look at night with no curfew.

GARDENS

Growing Waratahs for fun and profit

These magnificent flowers light up the bush in spring – yet they were virtually wiped out around our villages by enthusiastic gatherers a century ago. Today some florists can't get enough of them to meet demand in October and welcome offers by gardeners. Try growing waratahs in your garden, in a big pot or container.

HISTORY

National Pass Whistleblower

Meet the man who revealed the embarrassing truth about naming the National Pass track in 1908.

ADVENTURES

Rock Climbing Photography

Simon Carter demonstrates his techniques for capturing superb climbing shots.

ADVENTURES

Blue Mountains documentary from NHK Japan

This absorbing documentary, found on YouTube, explores how the Blue Mountains were formed and the range of activities they offer today. It reveals nature's marvels in a style that's bursting with rich detail. Highly recommended.

NATURE

Tracking the 'Panther'


Check out this book about Big Cat sightings in the Blue Mountains exploring encounters with the 'Lithgow Panther', the 'Katoomba Lion' and 'the monster of Erskine Gap' — plus many others that have left those who reported them quite traumatised.


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The Whistler is a not-for-profit online magazine published in Australia's Blue Mountains by a retired journalist. It's readable on smartphones, tablets and desktops — and even on your TV with Apple TV.

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TODAY'S WORD PUZZLE

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M E R N V B O E

Use all EIGHT letters.

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n

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A late month in the year.

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november

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