Rejuva-ism Spotlight: See the Blue Mountains
Last month we tipped our hat to the amazing efforts around the country to encourage people to #HolidayHereThisYear. From the #emptyesky #roadtripforgood to the #spendwiththem & #buyfromthebush initiatives, the nation is banding together to rejuvenate our bushfire & drought affected regions.
The message is loud and clear; Australia is Still Open For Business!
Now, we’re diggin deeper into where to venture & what to see --->
The NSW Edition
From Sydney, head northwest through Richmond to the Bells Line of Road, which will take you on a loop of the Blue Mountains. This route is tipped as ‘the road to the Blue Mountains’ most wonderful secrets’—while many take the well-trodden Great Western Highway route, the Bells Line is the quiet achiever.
Fun fact: Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby was filmed not in a seaside village outside of New York, but around Mount Wilson, around the halfway mark on the Bells Line of Road. Keep an eye out for the tree-lined avenues and winding roads.
Sure, you can take a quick day-trip from Sydney, but the Blue Mountains are best enjoyed on a weekend getaway.
Get your maps out and mark down: Bilpin, Mount Banks, Lithgow, Mount Victoria, Katoomba & Leura.
Where to stop: Bilpin to Lithgow
Eat & Drink: Bilpin is big on fruits! Apples specifically. While there won’t be as much fruit to pick this year given the damage to local orchards, you can still feast on a famous apple pie from the Bilpin Fruit Bowl, chug down some cider from Hillbilly Cider or Bilpin Cider Co, and pick up more fruit, james and local juices at The Local Harvest farm gate on the corner of Johnson's Road and Bells Line of Road.
Shop: Feel all ‘Goop-y’ picking out artisanal local products like apple cider vinegar at Wirraninna Ridge. And, just 15mins from Richmond, make a pit-stop at Kurrajong to eye off beautiful antique stores.
Relax: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Like plants? (Duh!) Rare, pretty flowers? (you die!) We thought so. Find some zen with a wander through the Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens.
Nature Froth: For some of the most spectacular scenic views across Blue Mountains National Park, lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera and head for Mount Banks Summit walk, near Mount Wilson. 2.4km return—approx 2-3 hours.
Where to stop: Lithgow to Lawson
Eat & Drink: If you’re looking for a fancy dining experience, book in for a meal at the one-hatted Fumo, serving up modern Japanese in Blackheath. On your way back to the City, don’t miss Lyttleton Stores in Lawson, this not-for-profit co-operative is all about ‘make.grow.learn.share’ with artisan made goods, produce and workshops.
Shop: If you appreciate architecture, take some time in Katoomba for the Heritage and Art Walk. En route you’ll come across boutique stores, antiques, street art, and well preserved Federation style homes from the early 1900s.
Relax: Loving the Japanese theme of this weekend getaway? Keep it up with a detour to the Japanese Bath House in South Bowenfels (approx 15mins from Lithgow). Bookings for 3 hour onsen slots can be booked at least one week before your trip.
Nature Froth: You can’t miss Katoomba and getting up close to the iconic Three Sisters. Explore the stunning bushland via the Scenic Railway, Skyway or Walkway. If you want to keep on bushwalking, check out Wentworth Falls for more stunning trails.
Here's an outline itinerary we prepared earlier...
Stay tuned for more Regional Spotlights around Oz as we Holiday Here This Year!
For more inspo on local getaways, check out our Weekend Getaways!
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