The Blue Mountains is often seen to be all about the Blue Mountains National Park and the general tourist areas, there’s much more behind the scenes that is often left undiscovered by those visiting the region. From adventure and adrenaline pumping activities through to discovering locally grown delicacies, there’s plenty left to discover in the mountains.
Adventure & Adrenaline Activities
When it comes to getting the heart pumping, there’s nothing better than rock climbing, abseiling and mountain biking with the amazing views of the Megalong and Jamison Valleys below you. If you’d love something a little more adventurous, canyoning through the tight gaps of Empress Canyon, or a leisurely and scenic adventure through Fortress Creek, offers the chance to see the mountains from a different side.
Wine & Food Tours
The opportunity to taste some of the wonderful locally grown and locally made produce presents itself with numerous food and wine tours running throughout the region. TCP Day Tours offers several options for visitors to the region, including farmgate and horse riding/wine tasting tours. If you prefer to self-drive, check out the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate trail, and we recommend you make time to call into Josophan’s Chocolates in Leura as well as Bilpin Cider cellar door.
Art & Antiques
Checking out the local art galleries and artist studios are a must for art lovers when visiting the Blue Mountains. Make time to stop in at the National Trust’s “Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum” at Faulconbridge, Falls Gallery at Wentworth Falls, the Lost Bear Gallery and Nolan on Lovel Gallery in Katoomba.
For antique lovers, there are numerous fascinating antique and vintage stores including Victory Theatre in Blackheath, Leura Vintage and Mr Pickwick’s Fine Old Books in Katoomba.
History & Heritage
There’s no doubt the Blue Mountains region is steeped in history and heritage. The first building in the region was a military post at Springwood built between 1816 – 1817, while the area flourished as a mountain escape for rest and relaxation during the Edwardian and Art Deco eras.
When you stay at Mountain Whispers, make sure you book a private Vintage Tour in a 1929 Cadillac. Run by Blue Mountains Vintage Cadillacs, the tour includes historical commentary and takes you to places off the beaten track.
For those who prefer the self-drive option, follow the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail to places including Woodford Academy, Lone Pine Avenue and the Everglades Historic House and Gardens.
There’s no doubt that you’ll find plenty to do in the Blue Mountains region. For more ideas, head to our website.
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