The Blue Mountains: couples’ cosy weekend escape
Winter is almost over for another year. While some may celebrate the conclusion of the cooler months we are trying to savour the remaining crisp sunny days and cool nights by the fire. The Blue Mountains offers the ultimate in relaxation and is the perfect weekend destination for Sydneysiders looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
To save you the guess work we’ve picked our favourite places for couples to experience the Blue Mountains in Winter.
Where to stay
Blue Mountains YHA The best of the budget mountains stays is the Blue Mountains youth hostel. Don’t worry, you won’t be bunking with six other travellers; this YHA offers private rooms fitted with ensuites. You won’t be disappointed by the vibrant atmosphere of this local gem, its cosy log fire and its close proximity to the Katoomba town centre without breaking the bank.
Parklands Country Gardens How does relaxing in a fluffy bathrobe while sipping red wine in front of a raging fireplace sound? We think it sounds pretty good! This secluded European style estate sits on 28 acres of manicured grounds in the vibrant township of Blackheath and is perfect for couples looking to relax and unwind.
Old Leura Dairy If you’re after somewhere with a bit of character you can’t go past the Old Leura Dairy. As the name suggests this whimsical property was once a dairy farm that has been lovingly restored into a luxurious sanctuary. We suggest staying in the studio; the perfect hideaway for couples including a claw foot bath, sunny courtyard and unique outdoor hot tub.
What to do
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Showcasing diverse and interactive exhibitions, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (BMCC) is excellent for soaking up some culture while hiding from the elements on a cool Winter’s day. Don’t forget to grab a coffee from the Gallery Café and take in dazzling landscapes of the Jamison Valley from the viewing platform. Check out the BMCC website to see what’s on during your visit.
Scenic World Looking for an outdoor adventure that combines epic views, stunning scenery and stunning hiking trails? Look no further, Scenic World is for you. DIY your own adventure with unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Cableway, Skyway and Walkway all day long and explore the many bushwalks around the area. Top it off with a visit to the Terrace Café for a local Bilpin cider and panoramic valley views!
Japanese Bathhouse Feel the calm wash over you (quite literally) as you step into a herbal steam bath at the Japanese Bathhouse. Enjoy hot and cold baths fuelled by a natural underground spring or wander through the Japanese Zen garden overlooking the clear blue Lake Lyell. While you’re there you might as well add on a therapeutic massage or facial for the ultimate relaxation.
Where to eat
The Alexandra Hotel The historic Alexandra Hotel, or simply ‘The Alex’ to locals, offers everybody’s favourite pub classics, as well as an extensive a la carte menu packed with local produce and daily specials.This gem is now offering woodfired pizzas following a recent upgrade, but its country pub charm is still appreciated by guests from near and far. Hot tip - get in early and enjoy a drink by the roaring fire before dinner.
Avalon Hidden above the historic Savoy picture theatre, it’s easy to miss the Avalon wandering down Katoomba’s main drag. This iconic hangout is filled with old world charm that’s reminiscent of the 30s when the theatre first opened its doors. Tantalise your taste buds with the grilled figs stuffed with goats cheese followed by the roast free-range duck with a citrus, orange liqueur reduction. Come for the modern Australian menu, stay for the quirky art deco vibes.
Darley’s Restaurant If you want to take your Blue Mountains date night up a notch, pay a visit to the timeless Darley’s. This fine dining restaurant is a tribute to the past, decked out with crystal chandeliers, ornate open fireplaces and stylish furnishings - not to mention the sweeping views of the Jamison Valley. Choose from two or three courses made with the freshest produce sourced within a 100-mile radius. After the first bite you’ll understand why Darley’s is a multi award winning hatted establishment.