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A Romantic Guide to the Blue Mountains

Cosy up by a fireplace, sip champagne or enjoy world-class meals on your next romantic getaway to the Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls Track, Blue Mountains National Park (Photo credit: Destination NSW)

A place where untamed bushland gives way to villages that echo a bygone era, the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, is the perfect backdrop to a romantic weekend away. You will find a genuine warmth that resonates from shop owners to locals strolling the streets, meandering hiking trails that lead to incredible vistas, and villages are known for celebrating all things local. With the world-heritage Blue Mountains National Park on your doorstep and a burgeoning foodie scene that plays on the very essence of home-style cooking, the Blue Mountains is the place to create unforgettable moments and revel in romance.

Romantic Things To Do in the Blue Mountains: Eat

They say the way to a person's heart is through their stomach so it stands to reason that the first step to your romantic Blue Mountains weekend would be to make a reservation at some of the best restaurants in the Blue Mountains. From rustic and romantic feeds to high teas and fine dining, there are so many great date night eateries to visit on your next romantic trip to the Blue Mountains.

Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath
The Wintergarden at the Hydro Majestic

Go all in for old world romance at the Wintergarden at the Hydro Majestic. The old school tearoom is known for their famous high tea. Presented on a three-tiered silver stand, enjoy pastries and finger sandwiches as well as freshly baked scones with homemade jam and fresh clotted cream. Wash it all down with tea, coffee or even French champagne. With views over the Megalong Valley, the entire experience is, as the name suggests, majestic.

52-88 Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath

Pins on Lurline
Pins on Lurline

The holy trinity for couples weekends, come to Pins on Lurline for romance, relaxation and fine dining. With local ingredients and distinct European flavours, head chef Adam Shaw, creates a unique menu every single day that caters to seasonal ingredients and diners tastes and requirements. Offering either a six or a ten-course degustation menu and a six-course lunch with bottomless French bubbles, this is the perfect place to settle down for a serious feed.

132 Lurline Street, Katoomba

Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels
Darley’s Restaurant

Hatted dining in a luxurious setting, Darley’s is the crown jewel of the Blue Mountains dining scene. Sit by the fireplace under the light of the crystal chandeliers and sip some wine from the extensive wine list. Steeped in history, the restaurant and Lilianfels the adjoining hotel, the building id the original homestead of Sir Frederick Darley. Turn up the romance and enjoy a three-course set menu while you lookout across the manicured English gardens. Expect wagyu beef tenderloin and decadent desserts like poached pear with honey crémeux  or lavender with 35% ivory chocolate mousse.

Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba


Romantic Things To Do in the Blue Mountains: Drink

Raise a glass to your relationship at some of the best bars and pubs in the Blue Mountains. From champagne, cocktails and cellar doors, these spots are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway in the Blue Mountains.

Lounge at Lilianfels
The Lounge at Lilianfels

Romantic and cosy, head to the Lounge at Lilianfels to sit by an open fire and sip French champagne or break out a bottle of Australian wine. With spectacular views over the Jamison Valley sit and sip at the stylish mahogany bar or relax by an open fire on one of their perfectly plush couches. Their signature cocktail list is packed with ridiculously romantic drinks such as the poet’s dream with vodka, hazelnut liqueur, St Germain and vermouth.

Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba

Champagne Charlies
Champagne Charlie’s Cocktail Bar at The Carrington

Named after the hotel’s namesake, Lord Carrington, an eccentric man who had a penchant for champagne at breakfast time, Champagne Charlie’s is all about living the high life. One of the only specialty cocktail bars in the Blue Mountains, the team at Champagne Charlie’s knows how to shake up a mean cocktail!

Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Dryridge Estate Cellar Door, megalong valley
Dryridge Estate Cellar Door

Linger for a while at this boutique vineyard whose cellar door takes in some incredible vistas – especially later in the afternoon when the sun starts to dip. Open only on weekends (mid-week by appointment), settle in for some wine tasting and cheese patters with your partner.

Dryridge Estate, Megalong Valley

Romantic Things To Do in the Blue Mountains: Explore

There are so many great places to explore on your romantic getaway to the Blue Mountains. With some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in New South Wales, stunning waterfalls and majestic valleys you could devote an entire weekend to hiking and exploring the natural environment alone! Or, explore the local secrets and hidden gems in the Blue Mountains and surrounding villages. Start planning your intrepid and romantic weekend getaway!

Blue Mountains Stargazing (Image Credit: @alexistrigot)
Look to the heavens with a stargazing tour

If you’ve got the sort of love story that feels fated, like it was written in the stars, then this is the perfect romantic Blue Mountains activity for you! Away from the bright city lights, you’ll be able to see the full fabric of constellations that light up the night sky. The stargazing tours are run by astrophysicist and astronomer with over 10 years experience as a stargazing guide. From tours, stargazing events, dinners and bespoke packages, there is no end of ways to take in the beauty of the stars

Various locations

Three Sisters (Photo credit: Destination NSW)
Get back in touch with nature

With breathtakingly beautiful views and natural landscapes the Blue Mountains is the perfect spot for you and your partner to get back in touch with nature. Echo Point in Katoomba is the place to see the iconic Three Sisters. For something off the main tourist trail, head to Sublime Lookout in Leura, Cahills Lookout in Katoomba or Govetts Leap Lookout in Blackheath. There are also so many great hiking trails to explore in the Blue Mountains region that take you through the Blue Mountains National Park and through the Megalong Valley. Adventurous couples might like to get their blood pumping with thrill-seeking outdoor activities which will leave your adrenalin surging and your heart soaring.

Visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery

There’s nothing like some art to make one feel amorous! Visit the former home of controversial Australian artist and author Norman Lindsay. His extensive art and sculpture collection is now on display to the public at his Faulconbridge home. Guided tours are available or you can just follow your heart and explore the gallery on your own.

Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge

Romantic Things To Do in the Blue Mountains: Stay

A beautiful hotel or luxury stay can be the thing that sets your romantic getaway apart from all your other weekend trips.The Blue Mountains is known for their beautiful accommodation from luxury hotels to cosy cabins, there are so many accommodation options for a romantic Blue Mountain getaway. 

Parklands Country Garden

This Blackheath retreat sits on 28 acres of landscaped gardens with a private lake so you can live out your best rowing on the lake Bridget Jones moment. It’s luxuriously elegant with a sense of understated grandeur. There are only 28 guestrooms so you’re basically guaranteed privacy throughout your stay.

132 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath

Hydro Majestic
Hydro Majestic

Sitting along the escarpment edge with uninterrupted views, the iconic Hydro Majestic is an old-world beauty. Recently restored, the grand space is the very definition of elegance and the hotel is a destination within its own right. 

Great Western Highway, Meadow Bath

Lilianfels Resort & Spa
Lilianfels Resort and Spa, Katoomba

Where European romanticism meets native bushland, Lilianfels is Katoomba’s very own luxury resort and spa. And it’s truly beautiful! The hatted Darley’s Restaurant is our number one pick for a foodie destination, high tea or a highball in the Lounge is a must, and the award-winning day spa completes the package. Go all out and get a couples spa treatment, trust us, it's worth it! 

Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba

The Carrington
The Carrington, Katoomba

Beautifully restored, The Carrington in Katoomba is a romantic stay in the heart of all the Blue Mountains action. The hotel itself is known for its old-world charm and the rooms are decorated with vintage furniture that offer a nod to a bygone era and with a brasserie and cocktail bar onsite, there is very little reason to leave.

Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Echoes Boutique Hotel
Echoes Boutique Hotel

With only 14 guestrooms, this boutique hotel ticks all the right boxes for a romantic weekend away. The rooms are beautifully appointed and Echoes Restaurant has chic terrace with uninterrupted views of Jamison Valley. 

Lilianfels Avenue Katoomba


Once you've gotten back from your romantic trip to the Blue Mountains, you'll undoubtedly be filled with wanderlust. Check out our edit of romantic couples retreats close to Sydney or if you're looking for a family-friendly vacation check out the best long weekend getaways for the whole family.

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