Restaurant Review for Pins on Lurline, Katoomba

If you are planning to explore the beautiful world heritage-listed Blue Mountains, make sure that your visit includes the Pins on Lurline restaurant, which is located on Lurline Street at Katoomba. One of my favourite Sydney destinations, Katoomba, is nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains, a popular tourist hotspot that not only offers many places to eat and drink but this bustling town acts as a pivotal stepping stone to the spectacular Blue Mountain ranges.  As well as a plethora of quaint cafes and antique stores, Katoomba is particularly famous for the naturally-formed rock structure that is shrouded in myth, The Three Sisters. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there are countless opportunities for you to enjoy the fresh mountain air and satisfy your thirst for adventure with numerous bush walking tracks and 4WD tours.

Although I have been visiting Katoomba for many years, I was pleasantly surprised by a previously undiscovered gem that I didn’t even know existed. Pins on Lurline is a sensational restaurant that offers a mouthwatering menu of culinary delights that I was so impressed with, I cannot wait to visit them again. The award-winning restaurant is located in a historic landmark cottage that was built in 1898, which was originally used as a guest-house. On driving up to the restaurant, I was captivated by its charming Victorian design, with its elegant rich green facade. the polished wood wraparound verandah, and flourishing gardens. 

As soon as we entered the foyer, we were greeted by the very friendly staff and ushered into the small but very cozy dining room. Once seated, and with a glass of superb ROWLEE PINOT GRIS 2015 in hand, I gazed out of the wide colourful stained-glass window that gave an interrupted view of the garden. 

The pièce de résistance was the food and wine. The Pins on Lurline restaurant has recently been awarded the AGFG Readers Choice Award for 2017 and it is not hard to see why: their menu offers you a small but expertly designed range of scrumptious delights that will tantalize your taste buds. My choice was a three-course meal.

Entree

ZUCCHINI FLOWERS – Filled with ricotta, apple, and cranberries, served on a sweet potato puree with pine nuts and feta.

Main meal

CHICKEN BALLANTINE – Chicken breast wrapped in Prosciutto, with Mushroom & Asparagus mousse filling, Sage & Cauliflower puree, Broccolini, Mushrooms, & Roasted capsicum cream sauce.

Dessert

WHITE CHOCOLATE & BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE (with Whipped cream & Golden meringue)

I also shared three side dishes with my dining companions.

ROASTED CHATS – (cooked in duck fat, with rosemary salt).

CHARGRILLED CAPSICUM POLENTA CHIPS – (thick cut, served with Tarragon Aioli)

HOMEMADE BREAD (A new flavour, baked daily and served with butter, organic olive oil, and salt).

An altogether delightful experience, the food was served quickly and was cooked to perfection. It was very hard to choose my favorite part of the meal, but if you visit Pins on Lurline, the homebread bread and White Chocolate & Blueberry Cheesecake are two of my top recommendations. You will not be disappointed.

The Pins offer a Lunch & Dinner Menu, a Taster Menu, a Degustation Menu, and a Champagne Brunch Menu, as well as a terrific Wine Menu with a choice of 26 different types of wines that are predominately sourced from within Australia.

With a ‘Great atmosphere, Great Service, and Spectacular Food and Wine’, Pins on Lurline will become your favourite restaurant in The Blue Mountains.

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Explore the Great Aussie Outdoors: Camping in Glen Davis

Explore the great Aussie Outdoors.  

Aside from the iconic Australian landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the dynamic city life and bright lights of Kings Cross, the best way to experience Australia is to explore the great Aussie outdoors on a camping weekend.

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I recently did an overnight camping and four wheel driving stint near Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, which is located in the Wollemi National Park, just north of the town of Lithgow.

Our camping spot was the Coorongooba Campground, which is surrounded by a golden brown monolithic escarpment and spectacular rock formations. There are picnic areas, barbecue facilities, and plenty of spots to set up your tent or camper trailer, but if you don’t have the luxuries of a hot shower or your own portable toilet, get ready to rough it as there are minimal toilet facilities available and no running water.  There are other camping areas that offer hot showers and running water like the Glen Davis Camping Area and for those who like something a little more comfortable there are elegant boutique hotels and secluded cottages.

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For those with kids there is a river and plenty of wide open spaces for the kids to ride their bikes, and there are plenty of chances to sneak a peak at some of the wildlife: goannas, kangaroos, and a resident wombat. 

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Dunns Swamp is a great place to picnic, swim and explore the lake in a canoe.

Four wheel driving. Embrace the Open Road. 

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If you like your extreme outdoor activities there are many four wheel driving tracks available. We took a heart pumping and hair raising drive that was full of sharp turns, hairpin bends, and and moments where we were precariously teetering on the edge of a rocky road that had a sheer cliff on one side that lead down to the valley floor. But the thrilling ride was well worth it as we were greeted by spectacular views at Mount Airlie.

Experience the Australian countryside.

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Australia is well known for its ruggedly beautiful countryside, so a visit to Pearson’s Lookout will give you the opportunity to view uninterrupted stunning views of the Capertee Valley and Australia’s own Grand Canyon.

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There are also many bush-walks available in the Wollemi National Park, as well as horse riding and mountain biking along the Crown Creek Fire Trail in the Gardens of Stone National Park.

Besides what I have noted here there are many more activities and accommodation choices that tourists can discover as they seek to explore the great Aussie outdoors.

Happy travelling!

 

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