The Blue Mountains: Top 5 Family Autumn Activities
Autumn is a magical time of year in the Blue Mountains. The leaves begin to change, the sun still keeps the days warm, and the evening air has turned cool and crisp. It’s the perfect time for a family getaway!
If you don’t have time to organize a tonne of activities to keep the little ones amused, never fear! We have pulled together our top five activities for families this Autumn.
Sculpture at Scenic World is back for its ninth year! Set among the stunning Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia’s premier regional art exhibition which transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor gallery from April 9 – May 10, 2020.
Showcasing over 29 artworks along the Scenic Walkway, an elevated boardwalk perfect for little ones to explore at their own pace, Sculpture at Scenic World provides a unique sensory experience with subtle artworks and interactive installations that appeal to families, couples and art lovers alike.
The kids will get a kick out of the free Kids Trail Guide. At the same time, everyone will enjoy engaging guided tours, daily activities and weekend workshops where they can nurture their inner artist with exciting creative activities designed for children, families and carers to explore art together.
Accommodation packages are also available with inclusions such as breakfast, free wi-fi, access to leisure facilities and more; there’s something to suit every family.
Your family will feel a million miles away from the city while roaming the seemingly endless rows of fruit trees and picking apples, peaches, nectarines, pears and plums – just to name a few!
Some of our top picks (pun intended) are Bilpin Fruit Bowl, Bilpin Springs Orchard and Shields Orchard. We recommend calling ahead or checking the orchards’ websites for seasonal crops and opening hours.
No visit to Bilpin is complete without a slice of apple pie, and the Pie in the Sky Roadhouse is the perfect pit stop! 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!
The kids will be tuckered out after a day exploring Australia’s premier cool-climate botanic garden. Entry is free, and you can easily spend hours wandering around this award winning garden on a beautiful Autumn day.
While you’re there make sure you check out renowned restaurant The Potager which won’t disappoint with picturesque views of the northern Blue Mountains and a seasonally driven menu which highlights the textures and flavours of outstanding local ingredients.
Show your kids what life was like before Pokémon Go and Fortnight!
Housing the most extensive collection of 20th century toys, trains and associated memorabilia in the Southern Hemisphere, the Toy and Railway Museum will entertain the young and young at heart.
Explore the historic mansion and model railway displays set among 12 acres of beautiful gardens, Leuralla is an excellent spot for big and small kids alike. Open every day of the week from 10.00am – 5.00pm.
With over 100 hectares of Blue Mountains National Park to explore you’ll be spoilt for choice trying to pick the perfect hike for your family.
The Scenic World team’s top two options for a family friendly bushwalk are:
The Charles Darwin Walk, Wentworth Falls
A completely flat walk connects Wentworth Village with the Falls. It’s about 5kms return but easygoing and plenty of lovely places to stop along the way for snacks, or dip your feet in Jamison Creek.
Gordon Falls Reserve, Leura
There are several short walks here, some to lookouts and one down to the Pool of Siloam. The reserve also has the bonus of nearby play equipment, BBQs and plenty of shady grass areas; a perfect end to a family walk.