Things to do & What's On in
the Blue Mountains

 

 

As Mountains locals of over 50 years, we know what's worth seeing. 

 

Just over an hours drive west of Sydney, the Mountains is one of the most popular 'day drive' destinations  anywhere in Australia.  Loved by Sydney locals & tourists, its an easy self drive.

If its your first ever visit, stop in at Lindsay's Cafe for breakfast, and then spend the rest of the day further up the Mountains in Leura, Katoomba or Blackheath - enjoying the amazing views & quirky shops. They're what the mountains are famous for.

But if you seen that, try some of these ideas for a beautiful Spring, Autumn or Winters Day out.

All of these make a great day out, and a stop at Lindsay's for Breakfast, Morning Tea, or Lunch is just a perfect part of them.

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Explore the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Gardens

There is a small charge to explore the Gardens of Norman Lindsay, or a larger fee to enter the Gallery itself. The statues are beautiful, the gardens lovely, and the short bush walk relaxing.  Whilst you can visit the Cafe without visiting the Gallery (& many do), if you've not been before, its worth the stroll and entry. Some of the nudes among the artwork inside the Gallery can be a bit confronting for children. Garden only tickets are available from the Cafe.

Mid Mountains Bush Walks

These are typically quiet, relaxing walks, following nearby creeks with paths that only the locals know. 

Family Favourite: Hazelbrook Oakland & Horse Shoe Falls: Four waterfalls in a single two hour bush walk, this trail is typical of the mid-Mountains. It starts at the bottom of Oaklands Rd in Hazelbrook (a simple right turn at the lights near the Caltex servo, and then ~700m along Oaklands Rd on the right hand side. Its a sign posted walk, yet narrow enough to feel like you're exploring real bush. In around 2 hours you can encounter four different water falls, climb behind some of them, and see a variety of birds, lizards, and locals. The track is dirt & uneven with steps, but no really big climbs so most kids ages 5 & up love it.

Our Recommendation: On a weekend, stop in for  breakfast before at Lindsay's, or on a weekday, start the walk by around 10am & return to Lindsay's Cafe on completion having built up a big lunch appetite. Either way, this walk is best enjoyed in the morning.

https://pioneerwalks.com.au/walk/horseshoe-falls-track/ 

Events in the Mountains

The Blue Mountains calendar is full all year round with heaps of different things on. Our personal picks in the coming weeks;

NB: Visiting Sydney & not driving? We recommend the Dingo Tours Blue Mountains Day Trip's. Experience the best of the mountains in small group style. One of the top rated tours on TripAdviser & Google.

  

http://www.bluemountains-tours.com.au/

Sat, Sun, Mon:  26 & 27 October: Lower Blue Mountains Art Trail. 10 Discover a wide variety of art in studios across the lower blue mountains. https://bmcan.com.au/listing-category/lower-mountains-arts-trail/

Every Fri & Sat :  Little Wombat Gallery- just down the road from Lindsay's Cafe & the Norman Lindsay Gallery is that of Little Wombat. Local artist Roslyn Elms shares a display of beautiful art of native birds, landscapes & flora each Friday & Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Free entry & a delightful stop for the art lover before lunch at the Cafe.

https://roslynelmsimages.com.au/

Sun 13 October: Steam Train Rides @ Valley Heights Rail Museum. Most people drive past this museum on the highway without even knowing its there!  Its on the opposite side of the rail line to the Bunnings at Valley Heights. Join us at Lindsay's Cafe before hand for Breakfast. Then return back to Valley Heights to ride the steam trains & enjoy a day out without getting stuck in the upper mountains Sunday afternoon traffic jam.

Steam train rides operate roughly one Sunday every few weeks. Lots of fun for the kids.  http://infobluemountains.net/locodepot/

Any Day: Family Bike Ride to Faulconbridge Point. One of the flattest and most enjoyable family bike rides any where in the Mountains. Start at Faulconbridge Station (or if all your bikes fit on a car, start at Springwood High school where there's easy parking). Follow Gross Rd around 2km from the High School till the start of the fire trail on the left. Then around a 6km ride out to spectacular views at Faulconbridge Point. Return back, and then detour down Chapman parade to visit the Cafe for lunch.  This is a very popular ride, suitable for most kids and adults who are off their training wheels and like to ride somewhere fun & away from cars as a family.

https://www.bluemts.com.au/info/thingstodo/mountain-bike-trails/faulconbridge-point-lookout/

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Faulconbridge, NSW 2776

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