Struggling to keep your out-of-town visitors entertained? Here are five great reasons to get out of Sydney and take a day trip in the Blue Mountains.
It’s close, and it’s cool!
The best thing about the Mountains is that they are only an hour’s drive from downtown Sydney. If the summer heat is getting you down and the beach is not for you, head west and enjoy the cool climate of this UNESCO World Heritage Listed area. Pack a hamper and relax at one of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah's scenic picnic spots or grab a coffee and some snacks from the Ugly Mug Express Kiosk – it’s just beside the carpark.
History buffs will love it
Kurrajong Village is the perfect place to check out the Blue Mountains’ colonial history, and take in breathtaking views of Sydney. Visit the fascinating graveyard at St Gregory's Roman Catholic Church and enjoy the historic surrounds of Lochiel House while savouring its modern-Australian Asian-influenced menu.
There’s something for everyone
A visit to the Kurrajong Radio Museum is sure to delight technology lovers of all ages. It’s an interactive blast from the past with working radio equipment, morse code transmitters and teleprinters, all waiting to be tapped and tweaked. The museum features hundreds of radios, and founder Ian O’Toole's aim is to maintain the equipment so that visitors can experience it in operation.
It's foodie heaven
Bells Line of Road is full of orchards and gardens offering city-dwellers the opportunity to get back to nature and pick their own fruit and vegetables. If you’re into pears, plums or apples the Pine Crest Orchard is the pit-stop for you. Most of the orchards also have cafés and retail outlets that sell produce and preserves if you’re short on time or don’t want to get your hands dirty.
There’s a surprise around every corner
One of the most exciting and magical Blue Mountains experiences happens after dark. End your day trip with a guided tour through an ancient glow-worm canyon and hear all about these mysterious and fascinating creatures of the night.
Exploring the Blue Mountains by car is easy, check out our interactive road trip planner here and choose the itinerary that’s right for you.