Autumn sets the stage for alluring mountain escapes
There is something magical about the Blue Mountains in Autumn as the leaves change colour and the morning air becomes crisp. The days are sunny yet mild and the townships are buzzing with activity. The weather is also perfect for exploring the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park or enjoying a picnic at one the many breathtaking lookouts.
The streets of Katoomba will be filled with soulful sounds, visiting music lovers and eccentric locals for the annual Blue Mountains Music Festival which runs from March 16-18.
ARIA-winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins will make her first appearance this year, while multi-talented Kate Miller-Heidke will return to the stage for her second festival. With more than 100 performances on offer over three days, there’s something for everyone.
Treat your senses and take in the kaleidoscope of Autumn colours at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Explore Australia’s premier cool-climate botanic garden 1,000m above sea level with picturesque views of the northern Blue Mountains. Entry is free, allowing visitors and locals alike to spend hours wandering around the award winning attraction on a beautiful Autumn day.
Also on the agenda this Autumn is Ironfest, which brings together artists, craftsmen, blacksmiths, performers, musicians, steam punkers and historical re-enactors from right across the globe from April 21-22. Following the theme of ‘Wild West’, visitors can expect an abundance of showmanship at this family friendly event, which is held at Lithgow Showground. A favourite among locals and visitors, Ironfest has attracted over 140,000 visitors to the region since its inception and contributed over $20 million directly into the local economy.
Sculpture at Scenic World is another family friendly exhibition which is sure to treat the senses from April 13 to May 13. Back for its seventh year in 2018, Sculpture at Scenic World showcases works from world class artists in Australia’s premier outdoor rainforest exhibition.
Featuring over 35 artworks including eight creations from local Blue Mountains artists, Sculpture at Scenic World provides the perfect Autumn arts escape that combines nature and culture all in one. Entry is free with a Scenic World ticket and includes access to a free public program and entry to Sculpture Otherwise; a selection of smaller artworks hosted at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Exclusive accommodation packages are also available.
Also around town is the annual Springwood Foundation Day on April 28 which celebrates the village’s heritage with live entertainment, stalls, street performers and amusement rides. Lock it in the diary, including the Grand Parade which kicks off at 1pm.