The Blue Mountains: Sensational Summer Fun
The mercury is rising and the blossoms are in full bloom; summer has arrived! With long days and sensational sunshine in abundance, the Blue Mountains is ripe for adventure this season.
Roar into Scenic World
Dinosaur Valley has roared into Scenic World this summer, bringing the ancient Jurassic rainforest to life with more than 20 prehistoric dinosaurs. Venture into the valley on the world’s steepest railway, meet dinosaurs up close during daily interactive events and discover more about these curious creatures with friendly Dinosaur Rangers.
Everyone will have a roaring time with free kids’ activities and Junior Ranger packs available to continue the fun at home. A range of exclusive accommodation packages are also on offer so you can extend your stay before Dinosaur Valley dies out on January 28. Visit www.dinosaurvalley.com.au for more.
Dust off the hiking boots
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 your camera for this gem!
Treat your tastebuds
Casual dining, family friendly diners and high end cuisine; you name it, the Blue Mountains has got it. After conquering the trails, Scenic World’s on site restaurant, EATS270 provides a fresh dining experience with seasonal produce and expansive views of the Three Sisters.
If refined dining is what you crave, Silk’s Brasserie in Leura has perfected the art of modern Australian cuisine and Fumo in Blackheath serves up an array of Asian inspired fare. For a more casual experience, head to Leura Garage for delicious pizza and share plates.
Soak up the views
The Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls top the list as some of the most spectacular sights in the Blue Mountains. Check them out from a different perspective at Sublime Point Lookout in Leura, or see the sisters in all their glory from Cahill’s Lookout in Katoomba. Evans Lookout in Blackheath also serves up incredible vistas for as far as the eye can see and Govetts Leap is a must-see if you’re in the area. For a memorable afternoon, head to Wentworth Falls to take in the most majestic waterfalls in the mountains.
Perfect your picnic
Nestled along the grassy banks of the Megalong Creek, Old Fort Reserve is sure to satisfy. Driving down the tree-lined access road from Blackheath, the Megalong Valley opens up before your eyes, revealing towering eucalypts and rolling hills framed by epic sandstone cliffs. Home to kangaroos and an assortment of native birds, the Megalong Valley serves up top notch hiking, cycling and camping year round. It’s also the perfect place to roll out the picnic rug, with camping facilities, open fireplaces and an assortment of swimming holes providing plenty of entertainment.
Take a dip
Each of the Blue Mountains’ quaint villages boasts its own unique flair, and the picturesque town of Wentworth Falls is certainly no exception. Wentworth Falls Lake is a family favourite for its natural bushland reserve and well maintained boardwalks that are a breeze for the kids. The lake is a hive of activity during the summer months as kayakers and paddle boarders take to the water, while the barbecue facilities provide the perfect excuse for a lazy family lunch.
By car: The Blue Mountains is 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney via the M4 motorway. Alternatively, take the scenic route through the Hawkesbury along Bells Line of Road.
By train: The trip from Sydney’s Central Station takes two hours on the Blue Mountains line.
Image via Peter Hickey Photography.