Want to spend a week in the Blue Mountains?
Here are some ideas of things to do around Blackheath:
Walk and be inspired
by some of the most beautiful scenery that the Blue Mountains (World Heritage Listed) National Park has to offer
- The Grand Canyon Walk starts at Neates Glen Carpark (just around the corner) and finishes at Evans Lookout (3 hours return),
- The Cliff Top Walk from Evans Lookout to Govett's Leap,
- Walls Cave,
- Pulpit Rock,
- Popes Glen
- National Pass in Wentworth Falls is a fifteen minute drive away.
These are just a small handful of the glorious walks in the immediate area.
Check out http://www.wildwalks.com for further information and maps.
Enjoy a Devonshire Tea in the Megalong Valley
Visit the Megalong Tea Rooms for the best scones, home made blackberry jam with whipped cream, sandwiches, soups and plowman's lunches. From there it is a short drive drive to the creek where there is a very pretty picnic area. If you follow Megalong Valley Rd you can continue on through private gates to the National Park there, where there are some great hikes.
Or a picnic
Mermaids Glen (on Megalong Valley Road)
Lovely in hot weather - an interesting walk through cool climate rainforest to a waterfall and pool.
Govetts Leap (the end of Govetts Leap Rd)
Take the Fairfax Track to the left of the lookout (as you face the view). After a five minute walk along a well made track suitable for wheel chairs you will find a picnic table and shelter with magnificent views.
Blackheath Memorial Park
Next to the swimming pool, duck pond and children's play equipment there are free BBQs under shelter.
Watch a movie at an old fashioned cinema
Mt Vic Flicks
Any Thursday to Sunday, visit the original old-fashioned cinema at Mt Victoria, and enjoy a cup of tea in a real mug and a Choc Top. http://www.mountvicflicks.com.au
This place is a local favourite!
Art, Craft, Books and Antiques
The town of Blackheath abounds with local crafts people, artists, galleries, second hand and antique shops.
- Keith Rowe's Hand Blown Glass Gallery and head across to the workshop on Station Street to watch the pieces being made (wonderful on a cold day!).
- Jewel for beautiful amber and silver jewellery,
- Victory Theatre Antiques and Cafe,
- Gleebooks, great art galleries, boutiques, and good restaurants and cafes (see our eating out section).
- Hat Hill Gallery
Visit the amazing Jenolan Caves
A one and a half hour drive - http://www.jenolancaves.org.au, or join the 'Six Foot Track' and walk a short section.
On the way home - stop in Hartley at Alchemy Wood-Fred Pizza and delicious pizza, gelato, tiramisu and great coffee. Open Wed -Sun.
Stop and smell the flowers
at Campbell's Rhodendron Gardens (Wentworth Street) you can have a walk around the delightful gardens and sit and enjoy the colour and the quiet.
http://rhodogarden.org.au Flowers best between September and early December.
Swim your laps or just cool off
Local Blackheathens think they have perhaps, one of the most beautiful local pools in the area or indeed the world! (yes, we are very fond of it)
Opens 3th December 9:30am to 6:30pm -$5 adults $3:50 kids. Look for http://friendsofblackheathpool.blogspot.com (ask for a pass out and you can come and go all day). Closes 3 April.
Walk down to the duck pond and there are free electric BBQ's for cooking a meal and children's play equipment.
Shop at our Local Markets
Local Blackheath Markets are the first Sunday of the month at Blackheath Public School. Look out for the growers table where local gardeners bring in fresh produce and eggs and seedlings to sell. Also second hand stalls and local products.
Regional Growers Markets are the second Sunday of the month held in the Blackheath Community Hall. A fantastic array of fresh, regional produce. Veges, seedlings, jams, breads, salt bush lamb, pickles, locally grown olives to name just a few.
Further down the mountain at Lawson Public School are the Magpie Markets on the third Sunday of the month and also has a local growers table.
Take home some local Produce
Why not drive out along the very scenic Shipley Road and stock up on locally grown apples, famous freshly pressed apple juice, apple jelly and apple pies and tarts from Logan Brae Apple Orchard (open Sundays from 10-4pm) . Keep driving and you veer left to Hargreaves Lookout or right to Mt Blackheath which is a favourite spot for hang gliding and both places are great picnic spots with magnificent views out over the Megalong and Kanimbla Valleys.
Like some locally produced honey? Pick some up from the watch repair shop behind the Blackheath Laundomat on Wentworth Street.
You can pick up lovely freshly picked, home grown produce, eggs and home made pickles and jams at The Quarry Garden at the very end of Connaught Street (off Govetts Leap Rd) on the left.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba is definately worth a visit. There is a $5 entry fee that covers all exhibitions, a audiovisual tour of the Blue Mountains and it's history and landscapes, a varying array of free classes, music and the occasional art market and community chess days. There is also an excellent cafe and library.