The mountains are calling this June long weekend
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 this June long weekend.
Here’s a taste of what’s on offer so you can make the most of your winter escape.
- Pick your own adventure
You will feel a million miles away from the city while roaming the seemingly endless rows of fruit trees in Bilpin. Apples are in high season during the winter months, ripe and ready for picking. Bilpin Springs Orchard is one of many local faves, open from 7am-2pm over the June long weekend. Granny Smith, Sundowners or Pink Lady apples – grab ‘em while they’re in season.
- 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.
- 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.
4. Get cultured
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.
5. 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 year round.
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.
Plan your winter escape at www.scenicworld.com.au.