If you’d like a tree change, even for a day, minus the usual weekend throng, stop over at Warrimoo in the lower mountains.
First let’s talk about the name: Warrimoo is Aboriginal for eagle’s nest or a place for eagles, according to Blue Mountains Australia. But contributors to the Warrimoo history blog said the name could be linked to a steamship that met a speedy decline not long before the end of the First World War. It was a modern 5,000-tonne passenger and cargo ship that arrived on our shores in the late 19th century – possibly causing a stir. But whether the lower mountain suburb truly took its name from this remains a mystery.
The Blaxland to Warrimoo station trail, 6km one way, and just over 400m in elevation, packs a small challenge for bush walkers. The three-hour journey takes in views of the Glenbrook Gorge, as well as some remarkable rock formations, according to WildWalks. Take note, it’s been described as a hard track, and dogs are not recommended to bring along.
Warrimoo was also the home and hang out of author Dorothy Wall who is most famous for creating Australia’s classic children’s book character, Blinky Bill. You can see images from the books around the small town, including one in Possum Park. Wall anthropomorphised animal characters by presenting them in trousers, dresses and aprons, much to some critics' chagrin, according to Australian Dictionary Biography. Nevertheless, children embraced the grey, mischievous Blinky Bill with his larrikin ways and of course, his adventurous and curious nature.
Park life is abundant in the township with, not only Possum Park, but also Ardill Park, and the Warrimoo’s recreation reserve.
Have a look in the Whimsical Notions Antiques store on the Great Western Highway, and you will find furniture, glassware, lighting and some old school radios, according to their website. There’s also a dining place called Monte Italia pizzeria, that promises culinary delights. Be sure to contact these businesses about their opening hours.
So if you want to support locals, turn off and check out the history, art and nature of this hideaway from the highway, see you there.
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