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24 Aug 2020
winter, local-tips, weekends-away

The Blue Mountains beckons this Winter!

The Blue Mountains puts on a show when Winter rolls in, with crisp air, bellbird skies and vast landscapes to feast your eyes on. 
Whether you’re a seasoned nature fan or just looking to escape the city to catch your breath, the Blue Mountains has got you covered. 

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer so you can make the most of your Winter escape.

Please note, due to current Government restrictions, many accommodation providers and venues have limited capacity and operating hours. We strongly suggest calling ahead to book when possible to avoid disappointment. 

Come out of hibernation

The Blue Mountains is renowned for its moody mornings which give way to cool days with visibility out to the Great Dividing Range. The chance of snowfall provides the perfect excuse to cosy up by the fire, but the best Winter day is spent exploring Scenic World in the heart of the Blue Mountains.

Start your COVIDsafe experience starts onboard the Scenic Skyway and keep your camera handy to capture epic views of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Once back at Scenic World, get your heart racing on the world’s steepest railway which travels to the Jamison Valley floor at an impressive 52 degree incline. Feel small again as you stroll the Scenic Walkway with its towering rainforest and ancient vines which are magnificent in Winter as mist shrouds the towering cliffs above. Top off your adventure with a 545 metre ride up the Scenic Cableway, enjoying unadulterated views of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock and the valley below.

Grab your walking shoes 

With free all-day parking, Scenic World is the perfect starting point for a hiking adventure. Kick off your journey along the leisurely Prince Henry Cliff Walk which hugs the cliff line and serves up Instagram-worthy vistas at each vantage point. Make your way along the escarpment to the iconic Three Sisters and take the Giant Staircase down to the Jamison Valley floor. The Federal Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park will take you on a spectacular adventure through the rainforest, finishing up at the base of Scenic World. Here you can tackle the 1000-ish Furber Steps back to the escarpment to the Terrace Café at Scenic World for a well earned treat. The round trip takes around two-three hours but allow extra time to soak up the views.

Get cultured

The Blue Mountains is known as the City of the Arts for its array of local galleries and interactive exhibitions which will delight art lovers, year round. Galleries are dotted right across the mountains and offer a great way to explore the quaint mountain towns at your own pace.

Kick off your exploration at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which is excellent for soaking up some culture while retreating from the elements on a crisp Winter’s day. Nearby Blackheath is a must for art lovers and novices alike. Day Gallery will satisfy with its array of contemporary works and Australian art.

Capture the perfect shot

The Blue Mountains is the perfect backdrop for amateur photographers, with pristine waterfalls, low lying mist and soft diffused light making it hard to take a photo that doesn’t pop.

The Leura Cascades is a great place to start, serving up stunning scenery within easy reach. The Grand Canyon in Blackheath is another local gem which will leave a lasting impression for its lush green ferns and majestic waterfalls that will delight amateur photographers and walkers alike. Scenic World also has something for everyone – from epic views of the Three Sisters to intricate moments in the rainforest that offer something new with every visit.