The Blue Mountains beckons this winter
The Blue Mountains puts on a show when winter rolls in, with crisp air, bellbird skies and vast landscapes to feast your eyes on.
Whether you’re a seasoned nature fan or just looking to escape the city to catch your breath, the Blue Mountains has got you covered. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer so you can make the most of your winter escape
Come out of hibernation
The Blue Mountains is renowned for its moody mornings which give way to cool days with visibility out to the Great Dividing Range. The chance of snowfall provides the perfect excuse to cosy up by the fire, but the best winter day is spent exploring Scenic World in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
Start your adventure with an early ride on the Scenic Skyway and keep your camera handy to capture epic views of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Dust off your walking shoes and stroll along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to catch the Three Sisters in all their glory – a must on every visitor’s list.
Take the Skyway back to Scenic World and get your heart racing on the world’s steepest railway which travels to the Jamison Valley floor at an impressive 52 degree incline. Feel small again as you stroll the Scenic Walkway with its towering rainforest and ancient vines which are magnificent in winter as mist shrouds the towering cliffs above. Top off your adventure with a 545 metre ride up the Scenic Cableway, enjoying unadulterated views of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock and the valley below.
Grab your walking shoes
With free all-day parking, Scenic World is the perfect starting point for a hiking adventure. Kick off your journey along the leisurely Prince Henry Cliff Walk which hugs the cliff line and serves up Instagram-worthy vistas at each vantage point.
Make your way along the escarpment to the iconic Three Sisters and take the Giant Staircase down to the Jamison Valley floor. The Federal Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park will take you on a spectacular adventure through the rainforest, finishing up at the base of Scenic World. Here you can tackle the 1000 Furber Steps back to the escarpment or save your breath and catch the Scenic Railway back to the Terrace Café for a well earned treat. The round trip takes around two hours but allow extra time to soak up the views.
The Blue Mountains is known as the City of the Arts for its array of local galleries and interactive exhibitions which will delight art lovers, year round.
Kick off your exploration at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which is excellent for soaking up some culture while retreating from the elements on a cool winter’s day. Stop in to John Wilson Gallery in Katoomba to feast your eyes on works by Australia’s leading landscape artists and check out Lost Bear Gallery to marvel at an array of world class watercolours.
Nearby Blackheath is a must for art lovers and novices alike. Fine Day Art will satisfy with its array of contemporary works and Australian art, and Gallery Blackheath is worth a visit with a good variety and paintings and drawings. Galleries are dotted right across the mountains and offer a great way to explore the quaint mountain towns at your own pace.
Capture the perfect shot
The Blue Mountains is the perfect backdrop for amateur photographers, with pristine waterfalls, low lying mist and soft diffused light making it hard to take a photo that doesn’t pop. The Leura Cascades and the Charles Darwin Walk in Wentworth Falls are great places to start, serving up stunning scenery within easy reach.
The Grand Canyon in Blackheath is another local gem which will leave a lasting impression for its lush green ferns and majestic waterfalls that will delight amateur photographers and walkers alike. Scenic World also has something for everyone – from epic views of the Three Sisters to intricate moments in the rainforest that offer something new with every visit.
Whatever takes your fancy this winter, the Blue Mountains offers the perfect excuse to disconnect and recharge among World Heritage wilderness.