With heart-thumping hiking trails, spectacular lookouts, foodie hangouts and charming villages – the Blue Mountains area is a wonder to explore, on and off the beaten path. Only 90-minutes from Sydney, it is a weekend destination that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. And making it all the more alluring is all the Blue Mountains accommodation – from indulgent resort-style getaways to cosy weatherboard cottages to heritage-listed hotels. The choice is endless.
This is our edit of the must-book Blue Mountains accommodation.
Set in the picturesque surrounds of Leura Village, Arethusa is the work of Kas Wren from Wren & Whippet. The three-bedroom cottage has been beautifully renovated into a sophisticated mountain getaway. The brand-new country-style kitchen to the Parlour Room has ornate high ceilings and wood-burning fireplace, while the master bedroom with a gas fireplace and an ensuite that features stone flooring and an antique bath – this is one Blue Mountains accommodation you’ll never want to leave.
From $550 per night
With a daffodil-dotted lake, 28-acres of immaculate gardens, and a Hamptons-style décor, Parklands turns on the charm for your Blue Mountains getaway. Their 28 spacious guestrooms are spread across seven cottages – each with garden views, soft, lush furnishings, gas fireplace and rain showers. Choose from their loft or suite rooms, then settle in to indulge in their on-site day spa. The dining room is for breakfast, but their staff will happily point you in the right direction for dinner.
From $399 per night
132 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
From ceilings that soar to eight-metres high to the stone-clad wood-burning fireplace, this five-bedroom Hamptons style home in Leura is all about luxury comforts. Authentic French-artisan flooring with a heritage feel that dates back to the 17th century runs through to the open plan living, dining and kitchen with exposed beams above – the place where everyone gathers. Cosy yet stylish bedrooms and an outdoor deck and garden, this mountains getaway caters to year-round getaways.
From $770 per night
Gorgeous views over the Jamison Valley is just the start of what this stunning resort has to offer. The country house resort is cosy yet grand, with a Victorian-era lounge (which serves high tea), library, day spa, billiards room, indoor swimming pool and warming fireplaces. It is everything you could want in a Blue Mountains accommodation. Oh, and did we mention they also have a multi-award-winning restaurant, Darleys, whose degustation may just be the highlight of your trip.
From $399 per night
5-19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
When it comes to Blue Mountains accommodation, it doesn’t get more quintessential than this. A beautifully restored, cosy weatherboard cottage surrounded by a whimsical garden. Inside, a sunlit lounge room with wood-burning fireplace sets the scene for what lies beyond – three-bedrooms and a modern kitchen which features an original Aga oven. A 10-minute walk to Leura Village and with easy access to surrounding bushwalks – this is one dreamy mountain getaway.
From $204 per night
Sitting pretty on the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this African-inspired eco-retreat feels worlds away from it all. It’s an adults-only getaway with eight suites, all featuring a wrap-around balcony, freestanding soaking tub and beautiful furniture. The retreat also has an infinity pool and an on-site restaurant which sources their veggies from Harvest Farms, with produce coming in from two farms located in the Hawkesbury. Meaning the menu changes daily based on what they can get their hands on.
From $1,429 per night
70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain
A heritage-listed hotel set in the middle of town, The Carrington is not only a local landmark, but it offers elegant hotel-style Blue Mountain accommodation. One of the original places to stay, you can pick from a traditional no-ensuite style hotel room to a premier view spa room. On-site dining at the Old City Bank Bar and Brasseries will have you stepping back in time, as will Champagne Charlie’s Cocktail Bar. And being perfectly-positioned in Katoomba village, you’re literally steps away from everything the town has to offer.
From $215 per night
15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Just west of the Blue Mountains, on a 100-acre property, is a must-book romantic getaway. Six self-contained cabin and suites with views of Lake Lyell, Cox’s River and native bushland. Every single one of the suites will charm with fireplaces, lush furnishings and soak tubs. Still, our pick is the Lake View Spa Suites – carved into the hillside with a magical underground fairy-lit passageway, and the Valley View Suite where you will be in awe of the magnificent sunsets.
From $265per night
271 Sandalls Drive, Rydall
For a nostalgic stay in one of the most iconic buildings in the Blue Mountains, the Hydro Majestic is it. Overlooking Megalong Valley, the hotel is more opulent than ever, paying homage to a bygone era with grand ballrooms, a tea salon, and heritage-style rooms with an Art Deco inspired design. The high tea, held in the Wintergarden, is a must thanks to its incredible views over the valley. With dining and a bar on-site, you have very little reason to leave this mountain beauty.
From $399 per night
52-58 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath
No list of the Blue Mountain accommodation is complete without a mention of this luxurious stay. Set on 7,000 acres of a wildlife reserve, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a secluded and truly breathtaking resort. Take your pick from one of the 40 suites, each with a private pool, stone fireplace, four-poster bed, spa bathroom and terrace. When you’re not blissing out in your villa, explore the property with guided nature walks horse rides or indulge in a spa treatment before a next-level dining experience.
From $2,950 per night
2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley
Our edit of Blue Mountains accommodation only touches on what’s on offer in this stunning region. To explore more of these misty mountains, check-out 7 Blue Mountain Hikes that will Leave you Breathless and aGirls Guide to a Weekend in the Blue Mountains.