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A Visit to the Blue Mountains with Jono Fleming, and Ford Puma

Art en Route

Lucy Feagins
Friday 18th June 2021

You might recall late last year we shared a little video featuring a day trip out to Mitchelton Estate in the all new Ford Puma! Well, six months on, we’re BACK in the Puma, sharing another dreamy day trip – this time with stylist Jono Fleming, who gives us a tour of the incredible Blue Mountains region, just around 90 minutes out of central Sydney.

It was an easy drive out to Katoomba with Jono in the sporty Ford Puma, with all its nifty features, like the FordPass Connect remote unlock feature (to unlock your car from a distance via your phone), and remote start – especially useful in chilly temperatures! There’s also Apple CarPlay, to access music and other apps from your smart phone using the screen on the dashboard.

The Blue Mountains is a breathtaking destination – those views really are something else!  Jono has been coming to the region for years with his family, and was the ultimate tour guide, taking us to all his favourite scenic spots. We also visited the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, incorporating the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery – one of New South Wales’ most impressive regional galleries, with an incredible program of contemporary art (not to mention its own epic lookout spot, with 180 degree views across the town to the mountains beyond).

At the time of our visit, the City Art Gallery was showing ‘Oceans From Here’ – a touring contemporary photography exhibition themed around water, and ‘This Changes Everything’, a powerful collection of artwork inspired by the dramatic events of 2019 and 2020, curated by the centre’s very own art curator, Rilka Oakley. Aside from viewing the gallery’s rotating program of exhibitions, there’s also ‘Into The Blue’ – a permanent, immersive exhibition incorporating video, photography and sound, celebrating the unique beauty of the Blue Mountains region.

It was a joy to spend a day immersed in the Blue Mountains thanks to Ford – we hope you enjoy Art en Route With Jono Fleming!

With it’s sleek silhouette and sporty looks, you can expect big things from the Ford Puma. Find out more and book your test drive here.

Jono getting acquainted with the all new Ford Puma! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The Blue Mountains – view from Govett’s Leap. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Jono took us to the  Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to see some incredible contemporary art. Pictured here, ‘This Changes Everything‘ exhibition (front) and ‘Oceans from Here’  exhibition, featuring artists from left to right – Tracy Ponich, Honey Long + Prue Stent, Grant Stevens, Alana Holmberg and Ebony Secombe. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Jono explores ‘Oceans From Here’ at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Artwork pictured here by Melbourne artists Honey Long + Prue Stent. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The Blue Mountains. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Jono taking in the views! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The incredible view from Cloud Parade in Leura, at dawn. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

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