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APPLE BLOSSOM COTTTAGE (sleeps 2-6)
Situated just a short stroll from some of the most stunning waterfalls in the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park, ‘Apple Blossom Cottage’ is a quintessentially charming weatherboard cottage that offers a cosy and welcoming getaway in an ultimately peaceful and restful mountain environment.
With three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, cosy heating option and a privately screened garden and verandah to the rear with external BBQ facilities, ‘Apple Blossom Cottage’ is set on the south side of Wentworth Falls village.
It is an easy stroll down to the Conservation Hut café and the stunning Valley of the Waters walk, which encompasses the ever-majestic Empress Falls and Wentworth Falls. Whether you intend to jump on a bike, utilise your own car or simply wander on foot, Wentworth Falls village is only a kilometre away and offers an array of café choices for a hearty breakfast or delicious lunch.
COTTAGE ON THE MALL (sleeps 2-6)
Set in the heart of the boutique village of Leura, ‘Cottage On The Mall’, offers quintessential mountain accommodation with every indulgence on your doorstep.
Situated adjacent to Bloome Park, this inviting three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage, with its real wood burning fireplace, has all the necessary modern conveniences, ensuring that you can enjoy a comfortable and relaxing self-catered Blue Mountains holiday.
Just a few minutes’ walk from all the local cafes, Leura train station and the unique retail shopping experience of Leura, ‘Cottage On The Mall’ is ideally placed to just park your car and also hop on and off the ever-reliable Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Service, which is a fabulous way to experience the highlights of the area at your own pace via the iconic red double decker.
DENFENELLA COTTAGE (sleeps 2-8)
For those seeking a peaceful escape in a world class national park setting, our ‘Denfenella’ cottage is the perfect choice for a stress free holiday. Set in seclusion in a quiet pocket of south Wentworth Falls beauty, ‘Denfenella’ offers spacious accommodation across two levels and large level lawn areas for those with young ones too.
With three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms (including a spa bath), a large eat-in kitchen, two relaxation areas and warming fireplace, our ‘Denfenella’ mountain home is well suited to larger family and friendship groups.
Literally around the corner, the Overcliff and Undercliff walks of Wentworth Falls await discovery as does the much lauded Wentworth Falls trek with its sandstone steps cut into the cliff face and the meandering Charles Darwin Walk that links back all the way to Wentworth Falls village. With the boutique shopping village of Leura also just a short 5-7 minute drive away, every convenience is at your disposal.
Whispering Pines Chalet is situated on 4 acres of gardens bordering the Blue Mountains National Park. All rooms and cottages open on to a balcony with courtyard or garden views.
Guests can enjoy a meal in the barbecue area, or relax in the beautiful gardens. The property's reception can provide information on local activities and sightseeing tours.
All units at the Whispering Pines Chalet and Cottages have a kitchenette or kitchen, a TV and a CD/DVD player. All accommodation offers an en suite bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer.
Whispering Pines Blue Mountains is a 3-minute drive from Wentworth Falls town centre and 10 minutes' drive from Leura Golf Course. It is a 10-minute drive from Katoomba and 15 minutes' drive from the The Three Sisters.
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
Other hop on hop off bus companies could learn a lot about customer service from the guys here. From the shop staff to the drivers everyone seems to love their jobs and are keen to help their customers. Tickets can be used for up to 7 days, a timetable is given for each stop and apart from one day when there had been an accident blocking a village road the bus arrived with 2 mins of the published time. The on board commentary is live and the drivers have expert knowledge of all the sights and walks at each stop, ensuring you are heading in the right direction whenever you left the bus. Great job everyone you are one of the reasons we will definitely be returning to this region !!!
Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum
Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum is the Southern Hemisphere's largest collection of toys, trains and associated memorabilia. Whether you're a family or a serious collector, the world class displays of 20th century toys, from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland will captivate and entertain.
The displays are housed in an historic early 20th century mansion, set in lush, 5 hectare award-winning gardens filled with interactive displays and picturesque scenes.
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms
Apart from being a lovely clean old fashioned café, it is also a museum and shop with a display of over 5000 teapots from all over the world! The teapot collection is apparently the largest private collection in the world and spans a 500 year period.
All the staff members were very friendly, helpful and polite and were also dressed in traditional attire.
We chose the Devon Tea which consisted of good sized scones with very generous portions of freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam. It was quite busy there despite the weather so we would recommend booking in advance if you are a large party.
It was a real treat and we recommend.
Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery
You take a dogleg through the door, and it's like entering artisan heaven.
If you love the feel of expertly turned and carved woods, not to mention the glowing, warm colours, this is your place. Showcasing the talents of amazing artists from all over Australia, this store is a little, quiet bit of calm and beauty. While I can't ever imagine being able to afford the handmade furniture (I wish), there's a range of small items too. Bowls with the nubby surfaces still left on the edges, smooth chopsticks made out of a selection of native woods, chopping boards and boxes with tiny little drawers in them.
A couple of my favourites were the articulated fish, yes, made out of wood, which bent and swam in your hand and a set of salt and pepper grinders that felt like they'd been made specifically to fit my little mits. A testament to creative people and the wonders they produce. Beautiful.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
This elegant gallery is stunning and exhibitions are changed regularly. Art work generally relates to the Blue Mountains, unless it's the Archibald Portrait exhibition. Allow time to see the World Heritage Centre as well. This tranquil space is best appreciated by sitting on the seats located against the wall or by just sitting down on the floor. The Cafe offers fabulous coffee and a variety of light lunches and snacks. The gift shop sells an eclectic range of goods most made by Blue Mountains artisans. There are also books and prints for sale. The Cultural offers almost everything. Buy you souvenir gifts to take home here, or you will be very cross with yourself if you don't.
It was an absolute pleasure to visit this gallery and be welcomed so warmly by Ian and Anne. Taking it all in slowly as you walk through the gallery and gardens , which are stunning (and a lot of work has gone into these gardens). The owners also great artists are so knowledgeable and great to chat to (coming originally from the North of England) , we came out with a Bernard Ollis painting and a vase by Ian , treasured memories of our visit here and our weekend away to the Blue Mountains.
Kedumba Drawing Award & Gallery
The Kedumba Gallery is a public gallery dedicated to hold the Kedumba Collection of Australian Contemporary Drawings. Housed in wonderful purpose created space in a circa 1880 building, the gallery has been specifically designed to hold the Kedumba Collection. The annual Kedumba Drawing Award is the premier event for drawing in Australia, now in its nineteenth year.
The Gallery exhibits part of the Kedumba Collection Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm and at weekends by appointment.
Nolan on Lovel Gallery
Nolan on Lovel gallery situated in Katoomba in The Blue Mountains is a contemporary fine art gallery featuring paintings by resident artist Robyn Nolan and well known Mountain artists John Ellison, Lyn Harrison and Ken Wills.
Adrian Gilbert Art Studio
Adrian Gilbert is an Australian artist/painter living and working in Leura a town in the Blue Mountains. His vocation now spans forty years. Primarily a studio painter who attends a regular life drawing group and occasionally sketches in the bush, his practice includes the preparation of supports and grounds for painting as well as the framing of finished work. From time to time, he also engages with a range of sculptural ideas which he began developing in the early '80s. When deadlines demand it, he focuses on special projects (thematic shows, portraits or other commissions). Most of his studio work revolves around analysis and experiments which cultivate the muse at the same time as saying something about art, the landscape, human form or life in general.
The Charles Darwin Walk
Charles Darwin walked this popular track in 1836. Follow in the footsteps of this famous naturalist. Stroll the boardwalk and bush track starting at Wilson park through open forest, shrub, and hanging swamps to the national park boundary, where the walk meets Weeping Rock loop.
See beautiful rock pools and cascades, bird life including honeyeaters, shrub wrens, and the raucous black cockatoos.
This track will lead you straight to Wentworth Falls via picturesque Weeping Rock. Explore the many walks and lookouts in the park offering you incredible views of the waterfall and vast Jamison Valley.
If you want a little more adventure than to just view Blue Mountain from Echo Point, visit Scenic World. Get on a local bus No. 686 at Katoomba Street and it will take you there after stopping at Echo Point. In Scenic World, purchase a ticket (weekend AU$43) and it will cover all the 3 train and cable car rides. The 3 unlimited rides are accessible from the main Scenic World Station. It boast of the steepest railway in the world. If you get to sit right in front of the train like I did, you’ll feel like diving off a cliff. (Avoid weekends. The queue to the rides were long when I was there on Saturday). TIP: Take the nature walks along the edge of the cliff. Was a fun and gripping experience for me.
Lost Bear Gallery
Just love this gallery. The owner has a fantastic eye and is always welcoming, the setting is beautiful, there is an excellent selection of local artists, and always something that I totally fall in love with... wish I could afford to buy them all! There is now a relatively new small sculpture garden, looking forward to seeing how this progresses through the years. The gallery dog is fab too.
If you love chocolate then this is the place to visit. Located on the main street of Leura. Exquisite smell of chocolate as you enter and a feast for the eyes. Beautifully presented with interesting chocolate sculptures scattered here and there among the many varieties of chocolate available. At the back of the shop you can view the chocolates being made. Hard to walk out without buying something.
Everglades Historic House & Gardens
Always stunning, no matter what season, as the gardens are a lovely stroll all year round and always have something pituresque on offer each season. Although I must admit autumn here is my favourite! The lovely ladies that volunteer in house make enticing scones and cakes to purchase and a hot cuppa to wash it down. The buildings are stunning as is the history. Well worth a visit!
The Cascade were a surprise find and well worth the walk. The cascades are beautiful and accessed via a light stepped walk. The upper cascades are located at the carp ark but make the effort to walk to the bottom - magic. Free parking available.