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There’s so much to love about Sydney – the restaurants, the museums, the thrill of walking along the harbour. But we also love its proximity to some of Australia’s greatest natural wonders, which makes planning a weekend away a doddle to organise. And, when you’re in need of mountain air and wide-open space, romantic getaways Blue Mountains will fit the bill. 

Swaddled with eucalyptus forests, mind-blowing rock formations, and mystical blue haze, the Blue Mountains is a place of phenomenal beauty. Nestled among the folds of mountains are numerous towns and villages, where you can find a variety of accommodation and places to eat. 

Perfect for solo travellers, families, groups of friends, and couples, there is something for everyone in the Blue Mountains. You may choose to base yourself in one of the towns or plan a road trip. Either way, it’s the kind of destination that functions as a great weekend getaway or a full-blown weeklong holiday. 

Here’s all you need to know to plan your Blue Mountains getaways.

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When to plan your Blue Mountains getaways

There is never a bad time to visit the radiant Blue Mountains, with every season bringing a different type of beauty. However, you should consider how you want to spend your time in the region and plan your travel accordingly.

      Spring in the Blue Mountains
      the gardens in the towns bloom, and the scenery lights up with wildflowers. You can often score some great accommodation during the shoulder season, and as the season develops, walking becomes more attractive.
      Summer
      Temperatures are at their warmest in the Blue Mountains, and rainfall means the region is alive with greenery. Plus, it’s a great time to chase waterfalls!
      Autumn 
      As the summer rains subside and the temperatures cool, this is the best season for hiking in the Blue Mountains.
      Winter
      Temperatures drop, but events such as Yulefest and the Winter Magic Festival continue to draw tourists. You might see a dusting of snow on the peaks during these months.

 

How to get to the Blue Mountains

Sydney is the gateway to the Blue Mountains. It takes one hour to drive from the CBD to the region. If you want to stay in Katoomba, the main town, allow 90 minutes. Self-driving is our recommended way to explore the region; however, if you don’t have a car, you can make use of public transport.

Trains depart regularly from Sydney Central Station and stop at Springwood (one hour and twenty minutes) and Katoomba (two hours). Alternatively, you can take the coach from Sydney.

Once in the vicinity of the Blue Mountains, you can take public buses or the hop-on, hop-off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. This circular route takes you to all the major landmarks of the national park.

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Lilianfels Hotel

Where to stay in the Blue Mountains

This part of NSW is the very cosy and romantic getaways Blue Mountains are very popular for good reason. Nothing screams romance more than cool temperatures, open log fireplaces, quaint cabins and stunning natural landscapes.

For something with a bit of space, check out Calamandah House in Blackheath. A fully equipped 3 bedrooms house with a kitchen, log fire, and freestanding tub, this is self-catering at its very best.

Meanwhile, Leura delights with peaceful guesthouses hidden away in the bush, such as Lavender Cottage or the very charming Endellion.

Whispering Pines Cottages in Wentworth Falls are also very quaint and much loved too.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, check into Katoomba’s iconic 5-star Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa where you can take a dip in the outdoor pool.

Further up the road in Blackheath, the Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges is a grand alternative set within a secluded retreat.

Budget travellers and solo backpackers will find budget-friendly hostels in Katoomba. The Blue Mountains YHA and No14 Lovel St Hostel are firm favourites.

Pet-friendly accommodation in the Blue Mountains

Many of the Airbnb options accept pets but check the specific rules before you book, and remember that dogs aren’t allowed in the national park itself. Here are some options to get you started.

This 3-bedroom peaceful mountain retreat in Leura welcomes pets and is perfect for families or groups of friends.

You can sleep among the birds at the Traveller’s Tree House, where non-shedding dogs are welcomed.

Meanwhile, the Cloud Nine Cabin is our pick for couples or solo travellers seeking pet-friendly accommodation for Blue Mountains getaways.

Further reading: Pet friendly Accommodation in NSW

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Where to eat in the Blue Mountains

Foodies will be enamoured with the cuisine and local produce that Blue Mountains getaways provide. You can opt to eat in upscale restaurants, historic pubs, cute cafes, or even just pick up some farm-fresh produce and whip up your own concoction.

Some of our recommendations for where to eat in the Blue Mountains are:

Leura Garage

Sample the Mediterranean-inspired menu at Leura Garage. This award-winning restaurant and bar is set within a renovated mechanic’s garage and features funky decor.

Silk’s Brasserie

Alternatively, the dining room at Silk’s Brasserie is an elegant setting for a romantic meal of locally-sourced, expertly prepared dishes.

Echoes at Katoomba

Echoes at Katoomba is a feast for the eyes as much as the tummy with its expansive views over the scenery. Even if you don’t stay here, the restaurant is ideal for a special occasion.

The Bunker Cafe Bar & Restaurant

This rustic-chic bistro in Springwood is one of those places that suits all palates. Whether you need a hearty breakfast to start your day, an alfresco lunch in the sun, or a scrumptious cocktail – you’ll find it at the Bunker. Great for kids, too.

Farmer’s Markets

And don’t forget to raid a farmer’s market – especially if you choose to stay in a Blue Mountains Airbnb. You’ll find these regularly in Blackheath, Springwood, and Lithgow, so check to see what’s on the weekend you visit the Blue Mountains.

Sample the local cider

In the apple and pear-growing town of Bilpin, you can sample locally produced ciders by touring the cellar doors. We recommend checking out Bilpin Cider, Hillbilly Cider Shed, and Wirraminna Ridge.

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Things to do in the Blue Mountains

Once you’ve planned your route and booked where to stay in the Blue Mountains, here are some of the activities you can look forward to.

Tick off the natural wonders

The Blue Mountains are packed with incredible natural sights, including vertical cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, and sweeping mountain panoramas.

Some of the most spectacular bushwalks in the world are located in the Blue Mountains. These vary from short walks to viewpoints to gruelling expeditions for experienced hikers.

If you don’t want the hassle of driving yourself around then we strongly recommend getting a Lyrebird Pass on the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus. Book your tickets HERE.

 

Highlights of the Blue Mountains include:

  • Head to Echo Point to catch a view of the Three Sisters – these ancient sandstone cliffs are stunning at sunrise or sunset
  • Hike to the three-tiered Wentworth Falls, which plunges 187 metres down the cliffside
  • Let the 800 steps of the Giant Stairway literally take your breath away
  • Take a photo of Hanging Rock, which you’ll recognise from a previous edition of the Lonely Planet Australia travel guide.
  • Ogle the elegant Katoomba Falls
  • Engage in some wild swimming at Jellybean Pool in Glenbrook
  • Admire the view at Govetts Leap, then take your pick from one of the trails that start at the viewpoint
  • Wander through the disused railway tunnel at Newnes and discover it illuminated by glow worms
  • Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park

Seek some thrills

Adrenaline junkies will be thrilled to hear that Blue Mountains getaways offer the potential to get your heartbeat racing.

This is a sample of some of the outdoor activities you can choose from in the region:

  • Leap, slide and scramble your way through the gorges with a canyoning and abseiling tour. There are packages for beginners through to experienced daredevils
  • Get even closer to the majestic rock formations and go rock climbing or join a hiking tour
  • Hire a mountain bike and feel a rush as you hit the trails. Again, there are routes to suit all abilities – Narrow Neck Peninsula comes highly recommended
  • Experience the native bush with a horseback riding tour – keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, wallabies, and birdlife
  • Take an adventure caving tour of the Jenolan Caves
  • do a 4wd adventure tour with a local guide

Take it easy

All the talk of hiking and jumping starting to wear you out? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Blue Mountains getaways also have plenty of options for some downtime.

The towns provide all the home comforts and cultural pursuits, where you can wind down between exploring the sites.

Some of our favourite relaxing things to do in the Blue Mountains are:

  • Soar over the mountains via cable car, railway or skyway at Scenic World
  • Enjoy a stroll in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens or the Campbell Rhododendron Garden
  • Stock up on arts, crafts and boutiques in the postcard-pretty village of Leura
  • Tour Everglades Historic House and Garden
  • Take tea at Bygone Beautys Tearoom before wandering around the museum that contains over 5,000 teacups
  • Meander the streets of Katoomba and take in the street art
  • Relax with some herbal tea in an onsen at the Japanese Bathhouse
  • Stock up on reading material at Mr Pickwicks in Katoomba
  • Have a wander around the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
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romantic getaways blue mountains