The Blue Mountains: A couples’ autumn arts escape
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.
Offering pristine wilderness, great restaurants and world class culture, the Blue Mountains is the perfect weekend destination for Sydneysiders looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this Autumn.
After a week of anticipation you’ve arrived in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Now you just need to check into your accommodation before relaxing over dinner and drinks.
We have partnered with some of the Blue Mountains’ most recognisable resorts, hotels and hostels to provide a range of exclusive accommodation packages. Available until May 12, these deals feature inclusions such as tickets to Sculpture at Scenic World, breakfast, overnight accommodation and free Wi-Fi. Prices start from just $98 per person for a two night stay.
Drool worthy pizza, craft beer and live local music – Station Bar + Woodfired Pizza, Katoomba provides everything for the perfect chilled date night.
Grab one of the Blue Mountains themed pizzas and a bottle of red before snuggling up in a booth. You’ll see why Station Bar is a Scenic World team favourite as soon as you step inside the hip, bustling space.
Starting off with the most important meal of the day, head to Lily’s Pad Café, Leura.
This local hangout is a quiet oasis off the main street of Leura serving up amazing coffee and crowd favourites. If you’re looking to fill up for the big day ahead try the Lily’s big breakfast, or if you’re after something lighter opt for the smashed avocado which receives rave reviews!
All jams, chutneys and desserts are made in house and take away is available.
After you have fuelled up, head to Sculpture at Scenic World which transforms Scenic World’s ancient rainforest into an outdoor gallery from April 12 – May 12. Get your fill of world class art and pristine nature, complete with free daily guided tours, curated artist talks, kids workshops and more.
Entry is free with a valid Scenic World ticket.
That art adventure has left you hungry! You’ll be spoilt for dining options as you wander down the main drag of Katoomba Street.
Our top pick would have to be 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 an old school fave with a modern twist – the quirky décor and unique menu makes Aunty Jack’s a must.
After lunch explore the Blue Mountains with a visit to Sculpture Otherwise – an indoor exhibition of smaller sculptures held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – or Tracks, an exciting outdoor exhibition which showcases a series of artworks at iconic locations in the upper mountains.
With a cool yet casual vibe, you would expect Mesa Barrio to be located in trendy Surry Hills, not the quaint mid-mountains township of Lawson.
The Mesa menu offers a selection of Mediterranean-style share plates that are created with locally sourced ingredients as well as an extensive cocktail list. Bookings are advised.
Get moving and breathe in the fresh mountain air with a hike through some of the most pristine wilderness in the world. The Blue Mountains is made up of over one million hectares of National Park just waiting to be explored!
Some of our go-to family friendly walks include Lyrebird Dell walking track and Gordon Falls Reserve, both located in the picturesque town of Leura. Meanwhile, Prince Henry Cliff Walk takes you from the main Scenic World building, past Katoomba Falls and straight to the iconic Three Sisters.
Swing past Vincent’s, Glenbrook for a well deserved lunch on the way home. You may mistake this lower-mountains diner for a French bistro with its vintage yet classic décor. Vincent’s lunch menu is packed with simple yet tasty options to suit all appetites.