5 ways to explore the Blue Mountains 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. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer so you can make the most of your winter escape.
Please note, due to scheduled filming activity, Scenic World will be closed on June 29, in collaboration with NPWS and BMCC.
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 marvelling at the Blue Mountains’ hallmark views and lookouts.
No trip to the Blue Mountains is complete without a visit to Echo Point to see the Three Sisters in all their glory. Nature takes centre stage as you take in the epic wilderness of the Jamison Valley, while the new state-of-the-art facilities will provide the icing on the cake. Don’t forget your camera for this one!
GRAB YOUR WALKING SHOES
The Blue Mountains is an outdoor playground for nature enthusiasts, with hundreds of kilometres of walking track waiting to be explored. One of our local faves is just a short 10-minute drive west of Katoomba, where you’ll find none other than the Grand Canyon Loop in Blackheath. Catch a glimpse of ancient ferns and towering rainforest as you dip into the canyon, and be rewarded with waterfalls and stunning vistas as you make your way back to the top. Hot tip – be prepared for some heart thumping and don’t forget to pack water for this one.
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. Galleries are dotted right across the mountains and offer a great way to explore the quaint mountain towns at your own pace.
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 crisp winter’s day. Nearby Blackheath is a must for art lovers and novices alike. Day Gallery will satisfy with its array of contemporary works and Australian art.
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.
Lockleys Pylon in Leura is great place to start, serving up stunning scenery within easy reach. The Coachwood Glen Nature Trail in the Megalong Valley 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.
PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE
Don’t forget to plan your winter weekend escape to avoid disappointment. Due to scheduled filming activity, Scenic World will be closed on June 29, in collaboration with NSW National Parks and Blue Mountains City Council.
A number of track and lookout closures will also be in place. Click HERE for track closures and HERE for lookout closures. Jump onboard the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and catch all the highlights on a one-hour sightseeing tour for $29, departing at KCC oval on June 29 (directly over the road from Scenic World). Kids and students under 17-years ride for free with a paying adult. Tickets available online or on the bus.
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