Falling for Autumn 2022
5 must-do Blue Mountains this Autumn
With its spectacular scenery, misty rainforests, towering eucalypts, crisp air and epic sunsets, the Blue Mountains offers staggering beauty and endless opportunities for adventure. With the kids in tow, it’s often hard to know where to go. We’ve got you covered. Here’s our top 5 must-do activities in the Blue Mountains these Easter school holidays and autumn 2022.
Autumn at Mt Wilson
With its cooler climate, exotic gardens and pathways carpeted in vivid red and golden leaves, Mt Wilson is the go-to Autumn experience. The best time to visit it mid-April to mid-May to capture the full kaleidoscope of Autumnal colours. The kids will go wild running through the carpet of crunchy golden leaves underfoot. Strolling through the privately owned gardens is a truly magical experience and perfect for little legs that may tire easily.
Light Up The Night
Scenic World is opening its doors in the evening for the first time ever, inviting you on an illuminated adventure across the site. Start the night racing through a light tunnel, wandering through a light maze, and dancing to the beat of your own drum at the silent disco. There will be carnival rides, delicious bites to eat and a mouth-watering dessert bar.
Ever been on a disco 270 metres above the rainforest? Well, now you can. Dance the night away on the Disco Skyway to music mixed by local legends, Hermitude, as you travel across the Jamison Valley. Keep a look out for the majestic Katoomba Falls and the iconic Three Sisters under lights. No festival experience is complete without the kids having their faces painted and being treated to a fairy floss glow stick. Wrap up your trip with a spin on the carnival rides and a family selfie with the neon installation of The Three Sisters.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Step inside the spacious gallery and you’ll discover a state-of-the-art building offering major touring, regional and local exhibitions. Guests are also invited to explore a permanent immersive exhibition Into the Blue which explores the history of the Blue Mountains region and the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. In the school holidays the gallery also offers several art-based children’s activities. Enjoy a bite to eat in the Gallery Café, sampling local seasonal produce while the kids sip on hot chocolates and the adults sample locally sourced wines or cider. Afterwards, stroll down to the brightly coloured Street Art Walk at Beverly Place, Katoomba.
Restaurants, cafes and crafted beverages
The Blue Mountains offers a smorgasbord of choice when it comes to local produce and beverages. Most venues are family friendly and offer a variety of meal choices for the whole family. Here are a few of our favourites:
While heading up the mountains, make sure you swing by Black Cockatoo Bakery to sample the best artisanal pastries and breads in the region. Made with organic and sustainable ingredients so you can do good while your taste buds feel good.
Fuel up for a big day on the trails with breakfast and coffee at Katoomba’s Frankly My Dear Coffee. Everything from the almond milk, butter, sauces, milkshake syrups and soda syrups are made in house with a focus on sourcing local and sustainable ingredients.
After enjoying the great outdoors in the Blue Mountains, you’ll be ready to load up on the best local burgers, chips and beers at Mountain Culture Brewery. The fam will love to cosy up together around the wooden tables while tucking into some serious good grub.
Have room for dinner? Check out the new kid on the block, Zoe’s in Blackheath where they’re serving up an authentic Mexican fare with a side of live music from talented local artists. Remember to keep those Dine & Discover vouchers handy so you can splurge until satisfied.
Offering expansive views, thrilling rides and natural highs, you can’t beat a day trip to Scenic World.
With Scenic World’s Ultimate Discovery Pass you can make the most of your time in the stunning Blue Mountains. Choose your own adventure into the Jamison Valley via the world’s steepest train, the Scenic Railway, or glide down via the Cableway past breath-taking views of the iconic Three Sisters and Orphan Rock.
Soak up the ethereal vibes as you walk along the 500m boardwalk, an easy 10-minute walk between the Railway and Cableway stations. Once you catch the Railway or Cableway back to the main building, catch a ride on the Scenic Skyway. Suspended 270 metres above the ancient ravine below you can view the entire grandeur of the Jamison Valley, the majestic Katoomba Falls and the spectacular rock formations of the Three Sisters in the distance.