Culture and art, trendy eateries, boutique shopping, stylish nightlife and adventure all just 90 minutes from Sydney CBD, the Greater Blue Mountains is uber chillaxing with altitude.
Blue Mountains Attractions Group president Louise Clifton said: “The Greater Blue Mountains is far enough away from Sydney to feel like you’re really escaping the hustle and bustle of city living but close enough for a quick recharge without wasting time travelling”.
“Fresh mountain air, numerous lookouts over breathtaking views and the tranquillity of vast wilderness soothes the mind while more than 400 bushwalking tracks and the indulgences offered by the premier tourism experiences of the region energise the body.”
A recognised ‘city of the arts’, the Blue Mountains is packed with art and culture from Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum at Faulconbridge in the lower mountains with its famous gallery of nude sirens and garden statues to the chic art deco of Everglades Historic House & Gardens, the world-class Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Mark Foy’s legendary “Palace in the Wilderness”, the Hydro Majestic Hotel, in the upper reaches.
Experience firsthand the dancing, song, didgeridoo, Dreamtime story and art of the oldest continuous culture on Earth at Waradah Aboriginal Centre at Katoomba and the only indigenous art gallery in the NSW Central West at Kew-Y-Ahn Art Gallery at Hartley Historic Site.
While you’re there, snap up original indigenous artworks, clothing designs, jewellery and other memorabilia.
In fact, there’s retail therapy by the tote-load throughout the region. Trawl the boutique stores of picturesque Leura Mall and the eclectic shops of Katoomba, stock up on unique regional items at the Hydro Majestic Pavilion and the Scenic World shop, choose a gorgeous collectable from Nana’s Teddies & Toys at Blaxland and handcrafted metal art and jewellery from Talisman Gallery at Hartley Historic Site.
A trip to Scenic World is made for millennials, with the steepest passenger train, highest skyway and largest cablecar in the world and the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit in April-May to view the outdoor Sculpture at Scenic World.
Recharge along the route at trendy eateries offering nosh for every taste and dietary requirement including the cafés of Glenbrook and Springwood villages, Leura Mall and Katoomba as well as the on-site dining at Norman Lindsay Gallery, Scenic World, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Jenolan Caves, the tearooms at Everglades Historic House, four different venues at the Hydro Majestic Hotel and the ultimate in traditional high tea decadence at Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms at Leura.
Ditch the hassle of parking and driving to take in all the best sites and sights of Katoomba and Leura on a vintage-style Trolley Tours bus. Hop on and hop off any or all of the 29 stops.
Walk off the excess along one of the 400 bushwalking tracks in the region, meet furry friends at Featherdale Wildlife Park, descend into the underground at Jenolan Caves for a guided cave tour or adventure caving experience, and roam the exquisite gardens at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah and Everglades Historic House & Gardens.
As well as elegant restaurants serving regional produce, the Greater Blue Mountains offers a vibrant calendar of festivals and events, from costumed balls and street parades to theatre and music gigs.
At night, retire to lodgings at the Norman Lindsay Gallery property or in luxury at The Jungle Lodge at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bronte Cottage at Bullaburra, St Raphael at Leura, St Bernard’s Presbytery at Hartley Historic Site, the historic Jenolan Caves House or the sumptuous Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath.
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