The Blue Mountains is located approximately 100 kilometers west of Sydney about a one and a half hour drive, once you cross the Nepean River it is as though you have stepped into another world. Just over 1,000 metres above sea level it is the place to be in winter if you want to see snow or where you should go in the middle of summer to keep cool.
Steeped in history, the townships dotted throughout the Blue Mountains are charming and each offer something unique about their “village”. There is something for everyone in the Blue Mountains. Driving, walking and railway tours, historic homes, gardens, hotels, resorts and spas, galleries, skyways, coal mines, caves, heritage tours, fine dining at its best, lolly shops to die for and not to mention the most magnificent views.
My first trip to the Mountains after arriving in Sydney, started out as an afternoon drive and ended at Medlow Bath, better known for the magnificent Hydro Majestic Hotel. Currently undergoing a refurbishment, this is a hotel steeped in history. When it opens again in 2010, I would suggest it is the place to go for a decadent morning tea whilst sitting in front of the open fire, or a romantic overnight stay in one of the beautifully restored suites. Many a scandal has been told that this was once the place you went, if having an extra marital affair!
If you can’t wait until 2010, another beautiful hotel is the Carrington, in Katoomba. Also steeped in history and a National Trust Building, it is a must see.
Faulconbridge is the home of one of Australia’s most proclaimed artist’s, Norman Lindsay. His magnificent home is now a gallery showing his amazing works of art and the surrounding gardens of his home are magnificent. The Very Small Opera Company will perform on the verandah of the home on the evening of 24th October. To spend an evening with friends listening to opera under the stars, take you rug, chair and picnic basket.
I would recommend visiting any time of year.