The Blue Mountains: Long Weekend Edition
Long weekends can be bitter sweet; we love having an extra day of play but three days isn’t quite enough time for a grand trip away. Luckily the Blue Mountains is only 90 minutes from Sydney making it the perfect location for your next quick escape. Here’s your go-to guide for kids, couples and everyone inbetween.
FOR THE KIDS:
Dress as a Dino Day, Dinosaur Valley
Dinosaur Valley is now in its final days and to send it off in style Scenic World is hosting Dress as a Dino Day on January 26. Bring your A-game for a day filled with fun, free face painting and giveaways!
See why Dinosaur Valley has been this summer’s must do experience. Catch the steepest railway in the world and experience dinosaurs like never before among the Jurassic rainforest. Kids will enjoy meeting our friendly Dinosaur Rangers during daily Meet and Roar events where visitors of all ages can learn more about these ancient species.
Book your tickets online today!
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
The kids will be tuckered out after a day exploring Australia’s premier cool-climate botanic garden. Entry is free and you can easily spend hours wandering around this award winning attraction on a beautiful sunny day.
While you’re there make sure you check out renowned restaurant The Potager which won’t disappoint with picturesque views of the northern Blue Mountains and a seasonally driven menu which highlights the textures and flavours of outstanding local ingredients.
COUPLES WILL LOVE:
Fruit Picking, Bilpin
You will feel a million miles away from the city while roaming the seemingly endless rows of fruit trees and picking your own apples, peaches, nectarines, pears and plums – just to name a few!
Some of our top picks (pun intended) are Bilpin Springs Orchard and Shields Orchard. We recommend calling ahead or checking the orchard’s website for seasonal crops and opening hours.
Japanese Garden & Bathhouse, South Bowenfels
Feel the calm wash over you (quite literally) as you step into a herbal steam bath at the Japanese Bathhouse. Enjoy hot and cold baths fuelled by a natural underground spring or wander through the Japanese Zen garden overlooking the clear blue Lake Lyell.
While you’re there you might as well add on a therapeutic massage or facial for the ultimate relaxation.
MATES WILL LOVE:
Wine Tasting, Megalong Valley
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.
Right in the heart of the valley you’ll find Dryridge Estate and the Megalong Creek Estate cellar doors. These boutique wineries are a favourite among locals, and are perfect for relaxing over a glass of wine (or two) and a cheese platter on a long weekend afternoon.
The Great Round Walk, Katoomba
With over 100 kilometres of walking trails to choose from, the Blue Mountains is an outdoor playground for nature lovers. The Great Round Walk is a local favourite that serves up epic views and stunning trails in the heart of Katoomba.
Take the Skyway from Scenic World to the East Station and walk along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Echo Point. Take the Giant Staircase down into the Jamison Valley and turn right at the bottom of the stairs onto the Federal Pass track. The Pass showcases flora and fauna at its finest, from a temperate rainforest to an open and dry eucalypt forest. The track then leads back to Scenic World where you can take the Scenic Railway or the Cableway back up to the escarpment. Don’t forget to takes some Insta-worthy snaps of your adventure!