More than a century after loved-up couples first began visiting the region, the Greater Blue Mountains is still the perfect romance destination.
Glorious sunsets over vast vistas, superb regional food and wine in plush restaurants, discrete accommodation, exquisite native and exotic gardens, boutique shopping, heart-beating adventure and cute animals and toys help set the scene for romance all just 90 minutes from Sydney CBD.
Blue Mountains Attractions Group president Louise Clifton said: “It’s all here, right on Sydney’s doorstep”
“We provide the props and Mother Nature delivers the backdrop. The rest is up to you”
“Visit us mid-week for the full adult experience when cafes and attractions and you might even find a lookout or picnic spot all to yourselves.”
Begin your getaway with cuteness at Featherdale Wildlife Park on your way to the Greater Blue Mountains, followed by a visit to cuddly friends at Nana’s Teddies & Toys at Blaxland and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum at Faulconbridge with its gallery of nude sirens, garden statues and famous pool.
Leave the car at your accommodation and hop on a vintage-style Trolley Tours bus to access the best sites and sights around Katoomba and Leura. Hop off as you desire at attractions such as the art deco Everglades Historic House & Gardens and one of the world’s largest collection of teapots at Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms.
Share a firsthand experience of the dancing, song, didgeridoo, Dreamtime story and art of the oldest continuous human culture at Waradah Aboriginal Centre, ramble together the exquisite Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, wander the boutique shops of Leura Mall, gaze at the world-class talent displayed at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and immerse yourselves in colonial Australia at Hartley Historic Site.
The buzz of exploring the underworld at Jenolan Caves and the thrill of riding the steepest passenger train in the world, the highest Skyway and gliding on air 270m above ground provides the perfect excuse for hand-holding and comfort cuddles followed by tranquil strolls through dreamy rainforest at Scenic World.
Collect unique mementos of your Greater Blue Mountains romantic escape along the way with a limited edition teddy bear from Nana’s Teddies & Toys, Talisman Gallery at Hartley Historic Site, the Hydro Majestic Pavilion, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre or Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum.
From leisurely brunches at charming cafes, trendy bistros and high teas to fine fare at a la carte restaurants and late night drinks at wine bars, the Greater Blue Mountains food scene is mouth-wateringly diverse.
Watch the sunset over the Blue Mountains escarpment from the verandah of St Bernard’s Presbytery at Hartley Historic Site or over the breathtaking Megalong Valley from the dramatic Cat’s Alley in the Hydro Majestic Hotel while sipping on a drop of regional wine.
Packed with grand hotels, resorts, guesthouses and B&Bs, the Greater Blue Mountains has plenty of accommodation options just for two, including the upmarket St
Raphael (The Convent) at Leura, Bronte Cottage at Bullaburra, the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Jenolan Caves House, The Jungle Lodge at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah and St Bernard’s Presbytery at Hartley Historic Site.
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