Thing to Do
Explore . Walk . Picnic . Eat . Drink . Savour
We are located at the top of The Blue Mountains it's a great jumping off spot to explore the natural wonders of the area. To get you started we have provided links and descriptions for some of our favourite locations.
Blue Mountains National Park
BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK is 2,690 square kms. Consisting of one long line of ridge top towns, surrounded by National Park. A good place to start is The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre - Lindsay Lane - off Govetts Leap Rd in Blackheath. It's open 9 - 4:30 daily and is closed Christmas Day.
It's a great place to pick up detailed guides for longer walks, park information and gifts. From there you can take a walk down the The Fairfax Track. It's especially designed for wheelchair access and is a pleasant paved walk to breath taking views at Govetts Leap, looking out to Pulpit Rock.
For a unique Virtual Reality Experience, pop on Oculous Rift VR goggles and travel through one the world's most spectacular canyons - Claustral Canyon - $10 for 15 minutes.
Picture Perfect Picnic
Mermaids Cave (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 with our famous red rocket and slippery dip. There are also free BBQs under shelter.
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.
Walk and Be Inspired
Some of the most beautiful scenery that the Blue Mountains (World Heritage Listed) National Park has to offer at your door step.
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
National Pass in Wentworth Falls is a fifteen minute drive away.
These are just a small handful of the fantastic walks in the immediate area.
Check out http://www.wildwalks.com for further information and maps.
Cool Off or Swim Laps
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.
Shop at Our Local Markets
Blackheath Growers Markets are the second Sunday of the month held in the Blackheath Community Hall. A fantastic array of fresh, regional produce. Veggies, seedlings, jams, baked goods, coffee, 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.
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.
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, a Choc Top or a cup of lentil soup in the winter. 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!).
Victory Theatre Antiques and Cafe,
Gleebooks, great art galleries, boutiques, and good restaurants and cafes (see our eating out section).
Hat Hill Gallery
Hat Hill Gallery is a destination record store. We specialise in new and collectable vinyl.
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.
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.
Picnics and BBQs
Grab a picnic basket and fill it with goods from;
Good coffee, great sandwiches.
20 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Ph. 4787 8484
Blackheath Continental Delicatessen
Pastability Pastas, frozen curries etc.
32 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Ph. 4787 8484
Blackheath Sourdough Bakery
The best cakes and sourdough bread in town.
6 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Bakehouse on Wentworth
White and wholemeal breads, coffee.
105 Wentworth St, Blackheath
Free, undercover electric BBQs are situated in the beautiful Memorial Park (Park St) near Blackheath Swimming Pool.
Cinnabar / The Loft
Cinnabar brings you ‘The Loft’, a whole new private dining experience with two unique grazing rooms offering an evening of leisurely sophisticated dining for small gatherings.
Owned by the former Ashcrofts duo -
Corrine Evatt and Mary Jane Craig.
Eat in or Take away. www.cinnabar.kitchen
Blackheath Ph. 47877269
Wednesday - Saturday / 5:30pm - 9pm
Reasonably priced Thai. Pleasant atmosphere.
124 Wentworth Street, Blackheath
Lunch: Wed – Mon 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner Wed – Mon 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Pub Fare and Bottle Shops
The New Ivanhoe Hotel
Cnr Govetts Leap Rd and Great Western Hwy
Ph. 4787 6156
Traditional pub fare. Best pies in town. Bistro open seven days. Jazz Saturday
afternoons. Folk 1st Thur of the month. Drive in bottle shop.
Opposite Railway station, Great Western Hwy
Ph. 4787 8347
Open fire. Bistro open seven days. Steaks, seafood etc. Welcoming travelers since 1831.