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 village’s that like to keep 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.
For a romantic weekend in the Blue Mountains be sure to …
Start your day with a coffee hit.
Soak up the vistas.
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.
Australian School of Mountaineering in Katoomba do guided abseiling, canyoning and rock climbing trips. Otherwise, hiking trails are in abundance throughout the mountains. A favourite, Grand Canyon Walk in Blackheath or National Pass in Wentworth Valley.
Grab a casual lunch.
Leura Garage in Leura is a fun and delicious café-slash-restaurant-slash-bar. Try a bit of everything from their tasting menu or share a stone baked pizza with some vino.
Get a retail therapy hit.
Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath
3 Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba
Tulip Gardens, Leura
Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels, Katoomba
Fine Woodwork Gallery, Leura
Sit back with a High Tea.
The Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath is an iconic building that is everything that its name suggests, majestic. And don’t get us started on the views!
Indulge in a spa treatment.
Lilianfels Resort & Spa in Katoomba is not only a gorgeous place to stay and eat but it also has an award-winning day spa with rooms for couples.
Watch the sunset.
Lincoln Rock in Wentworth Falls offer sunset viewpoints. The amount of wedding photos taken here are a testament to the romance factor of this incredible lookout.
Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels in Katoomba is a hatted restaurant serving modern Australian and looks out across English gardens and Jamison Valley.
Champagne Charlies Cocktail Bar at The Carrington in Katoomba is the Blue Mountains only cocktail bar, and although they shake up a mean cocktail, their very own brews from Katoomba Brewing Company more than deserves a look in.
Darley's at Lilianfels
The Pool at Lilianfiels, Katoomba
High Tea at Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath
Before you leave, make some time to visit …
Blackheath is the gateway to the beautiful Megalong Valley. It is a 20-minute drive from Blackheath, down through lush rainforest, and into the valley which opens out to a small rural community with working farms. The valley is surrounded by the Blue Mountain Escarpment which makes for ideal hiking and horse riding trails.
Grab a seat under the trees in the garden and enjoy a good ol’ fashioned Devonshire Tea – they’re renowned for it. If scones and tea are not your thing, they’re also a fully-licensed tearoom that dishes up breakfast and lunch every day of the week. #winning
Take a guided trail ride through some of the Blue Mountains most beautiful scenery through bushland and open pastures. If you are an experienced rider you can opt for the free-range riding or add some wine tasting into the mix with their cellar door ride.
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.
Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath
The Carrington, Katoomba
This Blackheath retreat sits on 28 acres of landscaped gardens with a private lake. It’s luxuriously elegant with a sense of understated grandeur. There are only 28 guestrooms so you’re basically guaranteed privacy throughout your stay.
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.
Where European romanticism meets native bushland, Lilianfels is Katoomba’s very own luxury resort and spa. And it’s beautiful! The hatted Darley’s Restaurant is a foodie destination, high tea in the Lounge is a must, and the award-winning day spa completes the package.
Beautifully restored, The Carrington in Katoomba is a romantic stay in the heart of it all. The hotel itself has an old-world charm to it with rooms that nod to a bygone era and with a brasserie and cocktail bar onsite, there is very little reason to leave.
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.