The Blue Mountains in Red, Yellow and Orange
As summer fades and leaves start to turn, there’s something about heading to the mountains that promises to rejuvenate the soul… Crisp mornings turn into days made for bushwalking & sightseeing, with cool nights perfect for hearty meals, a glass of wine and a spot of star gazing.
If you’ve got a mountains jaunt in mind and are looking for things to do in this wondrous region this Autumn, you’ll be spoilt for choice as it’s the season which plays host to some exciting events and activities. Whether you’re doing a day trip or staying a few days, you can find so much to do along the Blue Mountains Grand Circular Tourist Drive.
Begin your Autumn Adventure at Glenbrook, about an hours’ drive from Sydney, and stop at the Visitor Information Centre on the highway to stock up on info for your journey. Many of the townships on the way up into the mountains have lovely shops, cafes and bushwalks to break up your drive.
Springwood, a ‘mid-mountains’ town, was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie 200 years ago in 1815. Even then, it was the perfect stopping place for travellers and these days is perfect for a bite to eat or a bit of retail therapy. If you’re around on 29 April, 2017, check out Springwood’s Foundation Day, with street stalls, amusements and a Grand Parade.
Continue west and call in at Wentworth Falls, named for the explorer of the same name. It is home to one of the region’s most spectacular waterfalls, especially after heavy rainfall. The Conservation Hut is an ideal pit-stop for lunch with unparalleled views of the Jamison Valley. Also the starting point for some of the region’s best walks, Wentworth Falls is well worth marking on your map.
Katoomba is the Blue Mountains’ largest town and has plenty of things to see and do this autumn. One of these is the ever popular Blue Mountains Music Festival (17 – 19 March, 2017). There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the line up this year, with The Waifs, Paul Kelly, and Chris Wilson Band among some of the headline performers. Grab a ticket for one show or a pass for the entire weekend!
Sculpture at Scenic World is returning for its sixth year in 2017 and will have something for everyone. Held over 30 days from April 7 – May 7, the exhibition offers exciting opportunities for art lovers, children and families to engage with art in a spectacular setting. The exhibition also extends to include Sculpture Otherwise at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and an outdoor exhibition of artworks at various locations throughout the upper Mountains.
If you’re spending the Easter weekend in the mountains, there’s plenty to keep the whole family amused here at Scenic World. With live music and a pop-up coffee shop on offer, it’s the perfect city escape. Grab your Unlimited Discovery Pass for a day packed full of fun, or grab an Annual Pass and come back again and again!
After taking in the sights on the world’s steepest train, head over to the north side of the mountains via Mt Victoria and the Darling Causeway for some wonderful autumn scenery. Mt Wilson is known as a heritage garden village, and its beautiful trees in the autumn are a must see.
Travel further east down the Bells Line of Road to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah. The gardens event calendar is full of things to see and do, including the TomahROMA Autumn food and wine fair, the International Back to Back Wool Challenge and Bilpin Apple Pie Bake-Off.
As you near the end of the tourist drive you will pass through Bilpin, famous for its apples. Pick up some delicious fresh apple juice or apple pies for your trip home and your Autumn Adventure is drawing to a close.
The above mentions are just a taste of what is happening in the region this season, there are plenty of events and attractions to keep the whole family amused, so start planning your Autumn Blue Mountains visit now!