The Blue Mountains: Girls’ Getaway Edition
There’s no time like the present to treat yourself to a weekend of food, wine and relaxation with your girlfriends. Whether it’s for a birthday celebration, a hen’s night or just because, the Blue Mountains sets the scene for some serious fun all year around.
You’ve snuck out of work early on Friday afternoon, the car is packed, and the playlist is perfection. It’s road trip time.
The Blue Mountains has accommodation for every taste and budget. You’ll feel like you’ve gone straight back in time when you step into the historical Carrington Hotel, or if you’re into cosy ski lodge vibes, try The Fairmont Resort. If your girl gang is gigantic, opt for an Airbnb; there are plenty to choose from.
You’ll be spoilt for dining options as you wander down the main drag of Katoomba Street.
Our top pick is the new kid on the block, Aunty Jack’s. This below-ground gem can be easily missed from the street, but once you’re inside you’ll never want to leave. Jump in a booth, grab a board game and order a round of cocktails – the quirky décor and unique menu makes Aunty Jack’s a must.
Start the day with a big breakfast at Pomegranate Café in Katoomba before the action-packed day ahead! Be sure to bring your walking shoes so you can hit world class hiking trails like the ever-popular Great Round Walk.
This trail is packed with scenic views set beneath a thick rainforest canopy, with waterfalls and views of the sandstone escarpment thrown in for good measure.
Start your adventure at Scenic World, taking the new Scenic Skyway across to Katoomba Falls before making your way via cliff top to the iconic Three Sisters. Head down the Giant Staircase and take Federal Pass to the bottom of the world’s steepest railway which will take your back up to Scenic World.
The Megalong Valley is one of the Blue Mountains’ best kept secrets. Megalong Valley Road winds through lush rainforest until you emerge in the valley surrounded by the sandstone escarpment and breathtaking views. Stop at the Megalong Valley Tearooms for their famous Devonshire tea and delicious homemade sweets. Grab a seat outside and take in the view or cosy up by the fire inside.
Open since 1956 the Megalong Valley Tearooms are a must when visiting the valley.
Head a little further into the valley and you’ll find Dryridge Estate and the Megalong Creek Estate cellar doors. These boutique wineries are a favourite among locals, who you will often find relaxing over a glass of wine and cheese platter on a Saturday afternoon. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can visit the cellar doors on horseback. Euroka Homestead offers this unique experience every weekend.
Spend Sunday morning exploring the vibrant garden village of Leura. Duck in and out of the array of shops lining Leura Mall, offering everything from hand crafted goods to boutique fashion and local fare. Be sure to relive your childhood in The Candy Store and ignite your sense at Moontree Candles and Homewares.
If you’re feeling a bit sore from yesterday’s bushwalking adventure, head to Starflower Apothecary for a quick foot massage and scrub, or treat yourself to the signature 90 minute ‘Starflower Massage’.
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