After more than a century of visitors, Australia’s first tourist destination is as fresh as ever with new attractions and experiences, making it an ideal return travel spot for seniors.
Blue Mountains Attractions Group president Louise Clifton encouraged mature travellers with fond memories of the Greater Blue Mountains to re-visit the destination to discover how it had changed.
“While many traditional favourite attractions are still here, they remain sprightly and fresh. Some, like Everglades Historic House & Gardens and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, have managed to retain their youthful looks while others such as the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Scenic World and Hartley Historic Site are proud to admit they’ve undergone a full facelift.”
Australia’s largest teddy bear specialty store Nana’s Teddies & Toys, a favourite with collectors, refuses to grow up, while Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum and Tearooms recently expanded its girth and spread out.
Visitors will discover newer attractions such as Talisman Gallery, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Waradah Aboriginal Centre, where visitors can learn about the oldest continuous culture on Earth.
And then there’s the ageless wonder of the natural location itself: the ancient cave system of Jenolan Caves and the prehistoric landscape of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, with its 1 million square hectares of wilderness and more than 400 bushwalking tracks for every level of fitness from short gentle paved pathways suitable for walking aids and wheelchairs to multi-day treks through untamed terrain.
Just 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD, the Greater Blue Mountains is an accessible self-drive destination, especially since the completion of the Great Western Hwy.
Ms Clifton suggested visitors begin their mountain odyssey with a close encounter with a furry friend at Featherdale Wildlife Park on their way to the Blue Mountains via the highway and return via the Bells Line of Rd to experience the beautiful Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah. Whether you self-drive or arrive by train, the best way to access the sites and sights of Katoomba and Leura is on a hop-on/hop-off vintage-style Trolley Tours bus.
As well as trawling boutique stores at Leura, eclectic shops at Katoomba and antique bazaars at Blackheath, seniors can recharge with a traditional high tea with a degree of pomp and ceremony at Bygone Beautys, sip tea or gin among heritage mischief in the famous Cat’s Alley or dine in style in the Wintergarden Restaurant at the Hydro Majestic or savour a casual bite at Norman Lindsay Gallery, Hartley Historic Site, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Everglades, Scenic World and any number of charming cafes and restaurants within the villages of the region.
Retire overnight into deluxe accommodation at Bronte Cottage at Bullaburra, St Raphael (The Convent) at Leura, Jenolan Caves House, The Jungle Lodge at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah, the Hydro Majestic Hotel or St Bernard’s Presbytery at Hartley Historic Site.
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