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27 Sep 2020
weekends-away, local-tips, spring

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS: TOP 5 LONG WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Bring on the fresh air, bright blue skies and longer days - Spring is officially here!

The Blue Mountains is the perfect weekend destination for Sydneysiders looking for some post iso travel inspo. To save you the guesswork we've picked our favourite places to experience the Blue Mountains this long weekend.

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. 

Spend the morning at Scenic World

Chase away those lockdown-blues with a ride onboard the worlds steepest railway at Scenic World! The new COVIDsafe experience includes all of Scenic World's unique attractions in a pre-approved circuit for the safety of you and your family.
Did someone say no ride queues? Due to physical distancing, capacity is limited meaning everyone is on a fast-track ticket these school holidays. Scenic World is open every day of the school holidays. Online bookings are essential with timed ticket entry for all guests. Book now at  www.scenicworld.com.au

HOT TIP - Earlybird Specials are only available during the school holidays and are selling out fast!

Easy exploring with Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Our friends at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus have made sightseeing in the mountains smooth with their Hop-On, Hop-Off buses since 1974. One ticket gets you all day travel on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus with live commentary from the friendly drivers, your own guidebook and local discounts at popular stops. Did we mention you'll be travelling in style? Those red double-decker buses are hard to miss!

HOT TIP - Add a Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Boomerang Pass to your Scenic World Pass and make the most of your time in the Blue Mountains. Book online through the Scenic World website.

Check out the latest exhibition at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Showcasing diverse and interactive exhibits, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (BMCC) is excellent for soaking up some culture. 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.

HOT TIP - Head to the Street Art walk to be immersed on world class street art! The Street Art walk is an outdoor art gallery features the work of aerosol artists from around the world and is an excellent example of how street art can be harnessed to bring neglected urban spaces back to life. This community-driven cultural treasure was created by Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA) in partnership with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Picturesque wine tasting in the Megalong Valley

The Megalong Valley wineries are a wine lovers dream! Head down Megalong Valley Road as it winds through the lush rainforest until you emerge surrounded by the sandstone escarpments and breathtaking views. In the valley paradise, you'll find Dryridge Estate and the Megalong Creek Estate cellar doors. These boutique wineries are local favourites and a perfect place to relax with a wine and cheese platter on a sunny afternoon. Bookings for both cellar doors strongly recommended.

HOT TIP - If you can't make it down to Megalong Valley, you can pick up some stellar local drops from The Carrington Cellars, Katoomba. 

Hit the trails

With over 100 hectares of Blue Mountains National Park to explore you'll be spoilt for choice trying to pick the perfect hike this long weekend! Some of the hottest hiking spots in the mountains include the Grand Canyon in Blackheath and the Wentworth Falls track.
For a hidden gem, check out some of the Scenic World team's fave walks HERE
If you have little ones, our favourite kid-friendly Blue Mountains hikes are HERE

HOT TIP - Always check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website and bushwalk safety precautions before you head out.