Falling for Autumn 2021
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!
Naturally a visit to Scenic World with its stunning views of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains should be your number one priority (well, we would say that, wouldn’t we?) but what else should you do while you’re here? Here’s our Top 5 recommendations...
1. Sydney to the Mountains by steam train ...plus high tea with a view!
Don't miss this very special ‘Hydro Express’ hauled by the newly restored legend of steam locomotive 3801. The train leaves from Sydney (Central or Penrith) to the Blue Mountains (Katoomba or directly to the Hydro Majestic Hotel).
On arrival you can have High Tea at Medlow Bath’s historic Hydro Majestic Hotel with jaw-dropping panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley.
When? 8th May
2. Run through paradise… in the UTA!
The scenic and serene town of Katoomba will once again welcome thousands to Ultra-Trail Australia (UTA). Now the largest trail run in the Southern Hemisphere, and third largest globally, UTA is an inclusive and iconic trail running festival across four incredible days. The event is set in one of the most spectacular locations you can imagine. There are distances to suit every ability, from experienced trail runners to first timers, along with a huge event expo, trail running film festival, pre-race welcome buffet and the friendliest vibe that you will ever experience.
When? 13-16 May
3. Family-friendly bushwalking fun
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. Here are our Top 2 options for a family-friendly bushwalk:
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.
The Five Waterfalls Track
This 3km track is a picturesque easy walk for the little ones, as you can stop at each of the five waterfalls along the way. It’s dog-friendly too and you can even play on the beach areas and - for those who don’t mind the cold water - have a splash around! It’s an amazing spot for a picnic and it’s pretty much impossible to take a bad photo here!
When? Whenever you like!
4. Take a night-time glow worm canyon tour
Located near the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens (which we also recommend), turn off the lights and immerse yourself into a fascinating world of bio-luminescent discovery and wonder.
Climb down to the bottom of an ancient sandstone canyon and follow its twists and turns to the main glow worm viewing area. In this natural amphitheatre, sit and wait in silence as thousands of glow worms begin to appear like stars around you.
When? Every night in May
5. Fruit-picking and apple pie!
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! When? Check with each orchard for specific opening days and times