Escape the city this July and discover tastes and tipples that are sure to delight in and around the Blue Mountains towns of Bilpin and Kurrajong.
The Sydney to Blue Mountains Road Trip meanders along the historic Bells Line of Road. If you're planning on staying for a few days to relax and unwind, there's accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Romantic short stays for couples
Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Spicers Sangoma Retreat is the perfect place for travellers looking for an intimate getaway in a luxurious, eco-certified retreat with spa facilities. On offer is a range of mid-week or weekend packages including:
The Bloom Babymoon Getaway - a mid-week short stay designed to pamper couples who are about to welcome a new addition into the family
The All-Inclusive Getaway – immerse in the tranquillity of a private suite overlooking native bush with meals and drinks included
If you'd like to know more about how to make the mighty buch, pickle vegetables or bread-making at home, book a Spring Getaway. You'll take a maker class for two with one of the Spicers' chefs, learn how to make kombucha and gut-friendly pickles, this offer also includes a prestige wine, cheese and chocolate tasting for two.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat is nestled away in the bush within easy reach of the other stops on the Sydney to Blue Mountains Road Trip.
Places to stay with the kids
If you've got the family on board and would like to take care of your meals yourself, you have plenty of choices:
Wollemi Wilderness Cabins
One of seven accommodation choices in the Wollemi Wilderness Cabins group, Wollemi House is perfect for families and features a loft, two queen-sized beds, a spa and a self-catering kitchen.
Make sure you pack an empty esky so you can support local producers and fill it with local goodies and ciders on your drive to the cabin, then unpack, relax and enjoy the view.
Wollemi WIlderness Cabins offer plenty of other unique places to stay for couples and families including a treehouse, a love teepee and a dream cabin.
Bilpin Country Lodge
Bilpin Country Lodge is a 4-diamond rated B&B and farm stay with excellent facilities for families, all within easy reach of Blue Mountains attractions. All couple and family rooms have en-suites, and the team at the Lodge will get your day off to a great start with breakfast included.
Later in the day you can hit the road with your esky and discover the range of local produce and fruit picking available in the area – all meals other than breakfast are self-catered in Bilpin Country Lodge's huge kitchen or BBQ. If you want to relax at the Lodge, their facilities are sure to keep you, and the kids occupied:
Bring your fur friends with you!
If you're looking for pet-friendly accommodation, Bilpin Country Lodge features three kennels of different sizes, so your dog feels right at home – there's even a dedicated yard so your fur friend can run around.
Walk a labyrinth, unwind with Reiki and take a meditation class
Rest, rejuvenate and breathe at Tomah Retreat
Tomah Retreat is a lovely little hobby farm, and B&B set in 5 tranquil acres of the Blue Mountains. Fun is never far away in the Mountains, and Tomah Retreat is close to bushwalks that offer spectacular views, Bilpin Saturday Markets and fruit picking. If you'd like to have a ramble in a more structured garden or take a guided tour, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is just 500 metres away.
Tomah Retreat is the perfect spot for animal lovers; it's an animal refuge and home to dogs, a pig, a horse, chickens, cats and ducks. If you feel like you need something a little bit extra to unwind, book yourself a Reiki session, take a meditation class or walk the labyrinth. Tomah Retreat also offers vegetarian meals if you would like them included with your stay.
If you're craving the great outdoors but don't want to travel too far from home, Bilpin's famous cider cellar doors, local produce and the Blue Mountains wilderness are within 2 hours easy drive of Sydney. Book yourself a short stay, pack an empty esky and escape the city – your winter weekend getaway awaits you in the Mountains.