A Couples’ Guide to the Blue Mountains
Featuring pristine wilderness, great restaurants and stunning guest houses just 90 minutes from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to disconnect from the hectic pace of city life. With so much to see and do, we’ve pulled together a getaway guide for couples so you can make the most of a 48 hour romantic getaway in the mountains.
The Road Trip:
There are two options when heading to the mountains. Most people take the Great Western Highway, but Bells Line of Road is another great way to go.
As the outskirts of Sydney disappear in your rear-view mirror, signs advertising homemade apple pie and fresh fruit for sale soon come in to view as you pass through the charming villages of Kurrajong Heights and Bilpin.
Lunch Day 1:
Just after Bilpin you’ll come across the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens in Mount Tomah. It’s here that you’ll find the renowned Tomah Gardens Restaurant. Operated by well regarded chef Sean Moran from Sean’s Panorama in Bondi, the views are to die for and the seasonally driven menu highlights the textures and flavours of outstanding local ingredients.
The next town in line after joining the Great Western Highway at Mt Victoria is the charming village of Blackheath. Explore the meandering backstreets bursting with Autumn colours, or head down to Govetts Leap lookout and take in magnificent views of the Grose Valley.
We have partnered with some of the best in the business to provide a range of exclusive accommodation packages. Available until May 7, these deals include tickets to Sculpture at Scenic World, breakfast, overnight accommodation and free Wi-Fi. Prices start from just $249 per couple.
Dinner Day 1:
After a day of sightseeing, enjoy the hospitality of the locals and dine at one of the mountains’ many fine restaurants. The main street of Katoomba is lined with a range of options, from plentiful plates of bulgogi at the Sanwiye Korean Café to the lively atmosphere and tasty pizzas at the Station Bar.
A Morning Constitutional with a Difference:
Embrace the day with a brisk walk out along the National Pass in Wentworth Falls. This one ticks all the boxes, with sheer sandstone cliffs, enormous waterfalls and amazing views. If you need to rest up afterwards, pop into the Conservation Hut and warm up by the fire with a coffee.
Sculpture at Scenic – Where art meets nature
Set among the ancient rainforest of the Jamison Valley, Sculpture at Scenic World offers visitors an inspiring, sense-stirring arts experience.
Now in its sixth year, this event is Australia’s most unique showcase of contemporary installation and sculpture. With over 40 artists creating 35 artworks for exhibition, not only is this the biggest show ever, it also includes the work of 13 local artists; the highest number to date.
Lunch Day 2:
A relative newcomer to the mountains, Mesa Barrio has proven to be an instant hit. Tapas style share plates featuring local produce, a funky fit out and smart service is what’s on offer and it’s well worth a visit.
Before rattling the pans here, head chef Will Cowan-Lunn was behind the stoves at Rockpool Bar and Grill in Melbourne, and you can tell! It’s sophisticated, clean and clever food that will not only keep you going until you arrive home but may even inspire you to return.