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05 Aug 2019
weekends-away, local-tips

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 car for your haul of fresh fruit and local produce.

Morning Tea

Tutti Frutti in Bilpin calls itself ‘the best kept secret in the Blue Mountains’ and once you visit you may well agree!

Relax in the rose garden courtyard, take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a Devonshire tea or a famous home cooked apple pie. Treat the little ones to some real fruit ice-cream, a beautiful blend of fresh picked berries, and rich vanilla ice-cream made on site. You’ll also find a wide selection of homemade jams and preserves made with fruit from the Tutti Frutti orchard.

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. We recommend calling ahead or checking the orchard’s website for seasonal crops and opening hours.

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. Find the perfect lunch spot in the orchard and enjoy.

Lunch

Head further west to the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens in the quiet town of Mount Tomah. The Potager serves up award winning cuisine and stunning mountain views that are well worth the road trip.Warm up with The Potager pie of the day or a big bowl of seafood pasta and finish off on a sweet note with the Bilpin Honey Creme Brulee. Bookings recommended.

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!