At a guess, you'd say most people in Australia are aware of the existence of the Blue Mountains region, and may even take a guess at its sparkling beauty. However, no words or description could accurately depict such a wide-ranging piece of land. Blue Mountains caravanning will leave you with these adjectives: vast, wild, rugged, and unforgiving.
Taking a trip to this part of NSW isn't something you could imagine, especially the majority of us living in Australian suburbia. Blue Mountains caravanning is an unforgettable experience.
Greatness isn't tangible or quantified, but you feel as though the Blue Mountains could easily tick of the generalities we'd consider elements of ‘greatness' – with the Blue Mountains National Park taking up 247,00 hectares of the NSW state.
When you visit this landmark of Australia, you might feel as though you're going to be transported into a detached reality (an amazing one!), but in fact, it's more than just wilderness. You receive every element of community happenings, with the closest main town being Katoomba. Yes, the Blue Mountains National Park is a giant slice of nature, but some caravanning folk will be happy to know there is an abundance of luxuries and man-made comforts.
If you're an adventurer at heart, the Blue Mountains will be one of the biggest playgrounds. Start thinking bush walks, gorgeous skyline views, waterfalls, canoeing, rock climbing (or maybe just rock face sighting experiences), guided tours, and picturesque gardens.
So where to begin? What's the best way to explore this luscious national park?
Travelling through the rocky Blue Mountains can be undertaken in a variety of ways, but you could argue the best way to make this adventure spectacular is to visit Scenic World. With the base of Scenic World to explore the best of the Blue Mountains, your comfort level will be dramatically heightened.
Scenic World offers four different ways to experience the highlights, choose whichever is most appealing to your tastes; they're all first class.
- ✓ Scenic Skyway
- ✓ Scenic Cableway
- ✓ Scenic Walkway
- ✓ Scenic Railway
Select an aerial adventure and you'll sweep past some of the iconic areas of the Blue Mountains, providing you an awe inspired view of the cascading greenery. If you're not one for heights, and would rather get closer to the surrounding habitat at floor range, this is also a breathtaking experience (your senses will be ambushed).
What you'll see – Jamison Valley, Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary, Katoomba Falls, and Echo Point.
Depending on your expectations, the passes are quite affordable, and certainly worth the money.
Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout
Faulcon Bridge Train Station
Have you experienced the real foundations of Aboriginal life and culture? No, you could never actually experience the reality of our ancestors, but the Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout will provide you the bare truths. If you've ever wanted to not only learn, but also feel, and see, part of a wider culture, this could be your best opportunity.
As part of this experience you're learning directly from Aboriginal guides, as an Aboriginally owned and operated venture. If you're not of medium fitness, this might not be an ideal option for your Blue Mountains caravanning adventure. However, if you're able to undertake a 3.5km walk, with an extended 4 hours of exploration and activities, you won't find anything like this reflective tour. A highlight for anyone interested in art and formations would be the sandstone caves painted with Aboriginal illustrations.
BOOK NOW – if you're interested in adding this rare opportunity to your Blue Mountains caravanning trip.
The Three Sisters
23-31 Echo Point Road (The Three Sisters Lookout Point)
The Three Sisters is the most prominent rock formation within the Blue Mountains, and you certainly can't complete your Blue Mountains caravanning adventure without laying your eyes upon this wonder.
Places To Eat
Dining in the Blue Mountains area is the cherry on top of an incredible visual and nature based exploration. When you're Blue Mountains caravanning, you'll have the pleasure of visiting small neighbouring towns that offer many tasty cuisines.
128 Leura Mall
Are you looking to dine in style? We’re talking mood lighting, fresh linen covered tables and a sophisticated A La Carte menu. At certain times, there are some strict pricing and menu formats. You’re best to have a read of the ’Things You Should Know’ section of their website to prepare yourself for what’s on offer. If you’re fussy on food selection ( in the sense that you’d like to mix up the menu) then you may not opt to choose the Silk’s Brasserie for a casual meal. However, you won’t find a more modern and luxurious way to spend a night out – with delectable fancies galore.
On the menu you can expect meals such as:
- ✓ Pan-friend duck livers with braised red cabbage, caramelised apple, Madeira jus + roquet salad
- ✓ Grass-fed Angus beef tenderloin with roast pumpkin, onion jam, veal sweetbreads, juniper pepper corn jus
- ✓ Meringue stack layered with Chantilly cream, mango, fresh berries, strawberry coulis
All the fuss in the world, just for you.
Red Door Cafe
134 Leura Mall
When you’re searching for your next caffeine hit or some quick hearty food, make sure you visit the Red Door Cafe. We understand finding the perfect coffee can be an endless search for some, but many swear by this cute little Leura cafe. Just outside the Blue Mountains National Park, Red Door Cafe provides a pleasant rest stop after your Blue Mountains caravanning adventures. You can stop by for breakfast or lunch, or simply just for a hot beverage. If you visit on a sunny or mild day, make sure to utilise the courtyard, if it’s not already full! It’s not a large cafe, so expect a busy and bopping atmosphere.
Arjuna Indian Restaurant
Delving into Indian cuisine remains a unique experience for everyone. Some love feeling the heat of a spicy curry while others enjoy the mild flavours of a classic Korma. Others, just don’t like Indian at all. Wherever you are on the spectrum, this restaurant boasts great reviews and is located in the central Blue Mountains hub of Katoomba. A casual night of feasting can be enjoyable with the friendly folk at Arjuna Indian Restaurant.
Places To Stay
Katoomba Falls Tourist Park
101 Katoomba Falls Rd, Blue Mountains
If you’re one to be in the very heart of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains – this could be the place for you, your family, partner, or friends. You’re situated right amongst the best scenery and access to the best of the Blue Mountains. Only walking distance away you’ll land at Echo Point, yet also walking distance from Katoomba shopping centre.
- ✓ 25 Powered sites
- ✓ 4 Ensuite sites
- ✓ Laundry
- ✓ Children’s playground
- ✓ No pets allowed
- ✓ Kitchen
- ✓ Wifi hot spot available
Blackheath Glen Tourist Park
7- 69 Prince Edward Street, Blackheath NSW
Seclusion at its best, the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park. Set yourself amongst the Blackheath bushland and enjoy the subtle sounds of nature – but with the added comfort of modern facilities. You're only a hop, skip, and jump away from the centre of Blackheath, yet hanging at high altitude in the Blue Mountains.
- ✓ Large Powered Caravan Sites
- ✓ Grassy Unpowered Camping Sites
- ✓ Public Playground
- ✓ Barbeques
- ✓ Camp Kitchen
The team at “Blackheath Glen” are thrilled to have been announced as the winner of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Regional Tourism Awards of Excellence for Tourist and Caravan Parks in 2012 AND 2013! This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the dedication and commitment demonstrated from a team who is always striving for excellence.
The Park has also been announced as a “finalist” in the 2012 and 2013 NSW Tourism Awards.