Staycations: Holiday in the Blue Mountains
Tired of your weekend ritual? You don’t have to wait for your four weeks of annual leave to roll around before embarking on an adventure. Why not make the most of your weekend and head deep into the heart of the Blue Mountains. It’s time to start planning your new staycation with the help of our top ten picks.
Start your expedition with a picturesque view of the famous Three Sisters. Located at Echo Point Katoomba, this rock formation is an Australian icon visited by masses of people each year. Don’t be thrown off by the throngs of tourists, instead seize the opportunity to marvel at the serene view offered by nature. If you haven’t seen it yet, the sight is definitely worth the trip alone.
Location: 23-31 Echo Point Road Katoomba, New South Wales
Whether you’re into abseiling down waterfalls, jumping through canyons or climbing huge slabs of rock, the Blue Mountains Adventure Company has got you covered for a whole day of fun. Located opposite Katoomba railway station up the stairs between Summit Gear and Harp and Fiddle Bar, they are a one-stop-shop for all your adventure needs. Best of all, they will guide you to stunning locations and hidden gems such as the Empress Falls.
Location: 84a Bathurst Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780
Tucked away in a modest, homey café, dishing up diverse baked goods, desserts and coffee, to eat in or take away, the bakers at Mountain High Pies are the cream of the crop. Australians love pies, but we seldom come across true blue ripper pies that stand out from the merely good or mediocre pie that fit the description of exceptional, magnificent or mouth-watering. The pies at Mountain High Pies have accomplished just that.
Location: 293 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
Perfect after a morning of activities, this great family lunch spot boasts scenic views, lookouts, walking trails and several waterfalls. Bring along some tasty treats, maybe even some Mountain High Pies to enjoy while surrounded by verdant green forest. Accompanied by the sounds of running water and lyrebirds, it’s a good place to slow down, take a deep breath, unwind and take some photos to document your leisurely weekend away.
Location: Blue Mountains National Park, NSW 2782
While this market is only held on the second Sunday of every month, it’s bright and cheerful atmosphere and fantastic array of local arts, crafts and collectables, handmade goods, bric-a-brac and gourmet foods should not be missed if you happen to be in the area! There’s definitely no shortage of unique shopping to experience and local food to sample. So come on down and support the local culture.
Location: 174 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
Wentworth Falls is one of the most beautiful towns within the Blue Mountains offering possibly the most spectacular bushwalks and views including Breakfast Point Lookout, Princes Rock Lookout, Queens Cascades and Rocket Point Lookout. However, it is most well-known after its name sake -Wentworth Falls. For a leisurely afternoon walk, this three-tiered waterfall (fed by Jamison Creek), offers one of the most picturesque scenes in the Blue Mountains.
Location: Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782
Venture further into the Mountains and deep into the hills of Oberon to find the world’s oldest caves. It doesn’t just sound like something out of The Lord of the Rings, the numerous limestone caves and underground river systems really do create and almost ethereal feel and one which will stay with you long after you’ve left. Embark on a journey into the natural world and learn about formation of the wondrous stalagmite and stalactites.
Location: 4655 Jenolan Cave Rd, Jenolan Caves NSW 2790
Discover the serenity of a stay in the wilderness in the Megalong Valley Heritage Farm and Horse-riding Centre. Embark on an extravagant country picnic or simply enjoy the beauty of riding through the Blue Mountains. Slowly meander your way along rocky ridges and gullies with the chance to spot lyrebirds and other wildlife, as you enjoying the guided trail ride. For an afternoon of respite kick back with some cider sampling in the lush garden.
Location: 993 Megalong Valley Rd, Megalong Valley NSW 2785
Release the goddess within and end the day on a gentle note. Submit yourself to an hour or two of complete pampering at the Hamilton Spa situated in a private, secluded location only a short stroll from Leura Village. Relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Experience the best in beauty, spa and wellness treatments using the finest quality aromatherapy oils and natural skin care products to soothe the mind, body and soul.
Location: 148 Leura Mall, Leura NSW 2780
Indulge yourself and end your nights nestled in the Blue Mountains at the most romantic and relaxing bed and breakfast Katoomba has to offer. The Shelton is a beautifully restored Californian style bungalow that resembles classic Blue Mountains homes. End an exhausting day reclining in an arm chair or sprawled across the bed, reviewing all your latest snapshots of the day. Sit back in the romantic ambience and soak up the traditional décor and modern facilities.
Location: 159 Lurline St, Katoomba NSW 2780
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