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24 Sep 2020
weekends-away, local-tips, gourmet

Bring on Bells Line of Road

Heading to the Blue Mountains? Take the scenic route and you won’t be disappointed.

Bells Line of Road traverses stellar mountain scenery, charming gardens and family owned orchards. Be sure to leave plenty of room in the esky for your fresh fruit and local produce haul.

Please note, due to current Government restrictions, many accommodation providers and venues have limited capacity and operating hours. We strongly suggest calling ahead to discuss these changes with the location when possible to avoid disappointment. 

MORNING TEA

Apple pie for breakfast, why not! 
The Pie in the Sky Roadhouse is the perfect pit stop for breakfast. Pull up a seat out the front, take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a Devonshire tea or a famous homemade apple pie, with a scoop of ice cream on top of course! 

MORNING

You can’t visit Bilpin without going fruit picking. The kids will love roaming the seemingly endless rows of fruit trees while picking their own apples, peaches, nectarines, pears and plums – that’s just to name a few!

Some of our top picks (pun intended) are the Bilpin Fruit BowlBilpin Springs Orchard and Shields Orchard
There are stacks of orchards to choose from in Bilpin and we strongly recommend calling ahead to check if your prefered orchard is open on the day of your visit. 

LUNCHTIME

Where there’s apples there’s cider, and Bilpin has some of the best! Bilpin Cider Co and Hillbilly Cider both offer tastings of their award-winning ciders paired with spectacular scenery and friendly local service. While you’re visiting, grab a cool cider (non-alcoholic also available) and wander through the apple orchards, the perfect time to take that Instagram shot!

Starting to get hungry? 
Bilpin Cider Co offers a range of picnic hampers to suit everybody, or if you're not apple pied out, grab a home-made pie & cream. Borrow a picnic blanket, find the perfect lunch spot in the orchard and enjoy. Picnic hamper bookings are essential.
Who doesn't love a woodfire pizza! Over at Hillbilly Cider grab a cold cider (or beer or wine) and a fresh hot pizza while the kids enjoy the large open space and sunshine.

AFTERNOON

After your well-deserved lunch, it’s time to explore the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens. This cool-climate garden covers 252 hectares and is home to over 900 species of plants. Better yet, make the most of your afternoon with a guided shuttle or free guided walking tour. Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens also has a full what’s on calendar all year round, including plenty of activities for the kids.

Check out the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden website to see what’s happening during your visit!

Please note there are many local small businesses that have been affected by bushfire and COVID19 in Bilpin. Check out www.visitbilpin.com to see how you can get #BackToBilpin and help support this beautiful township.

Image via Hillbilly Cider.