Govetts Leap, Blackheath
The magnificent Govetts Leap waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The 'ozone-laden' air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s, and when you get there, you'll realise why.
Blackheath is one of the highest towns above sea level in the Blue Mountains. Here you can enjoy crisp mountain air, brisk walks, great food and cosy accommodation. This historic town is on an escarpment that has spectacular mountain scenery on both sides. It's one of the best places to stay if you want to enjoy some of the highlights of the Blue Mountains National Park has to offer. Govett's Leap Lookout, Evans Lookout, Grose Valley and Hargreaves Lookout are spectacular high-elevation viewing platforms from where you can observe the scenic wonder of this World Heritage Area.
Make sure you take a bushwalk on one of the many walking tracks from Blackheath or nearby. Stay in a quaint guesthouse, dine well in cafes, pubs and restaurants, or play a round of golf at the Blackheath Golf Club, that's lined with cool-climate trees.
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival is held on the first weekend in November - it's a great introduction to the beauty of seasonal gardens in the area.
If you live in Sydney and are looking for a peaceful place to retreat to for a couple of days, Blackheath will provide that much-needed change of pace you've been craving. Surrounded by natural bushland and breathtaking views, this area of the Blue Mountains is a popular spot for honeymoons and wedding anniversaries.
But there's also plenty on offer for anyone who just wants to get out into the great outdoors and make the most of life. For instance, why not explore the Blue Mountains National Park by kayak or canoe? Plus there are plenty of walking tracks around the Blackheath area that cater to bushwalkers of all levels. Don't forget to keep an eye out for Australian native birds and wildlife while you're there, as the Blue Mountains is home to several species of animals.
Another feature of Blackheath is the beautifully manicured gardens which proliferate the area. In springtime, you'll be greeted by an array of colourful flowers in bloom, while in autumn the streets turn to gold as the season changes.
Accommodation options in Blackheath range from motor inns and motels, through to tranquil eco lodges, guesthouses and hotels. There really is no better way to relax after an exhilarating day of bushwalking than to sink into a nice hot bath in one of the most picturesque parts of Australia.
Friday 23 October to Monday 30 November 2015
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival During the Annual Rhododendron Fest
Views of the sun setting on the escarpments from Evans Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park. Image Adam Taylor
Enjoy the unique perspective of Govetts Leap Lookout. Image Credit Nick Rains
Horseriding tours at Centennial Glen Stables, Blackheath, Blue Mountains. Image Hamilton Lund\r\n
Horseriding at Centennial Glen Stables, Blackheath, Blue Mountains. Image Hamilton Lund
Aerial view of Grose Valley Wilderness with Mt Hay in the background. Image Hamilton Lund
Mountain biking on Shipley Plateau, Blackheath. Image Chris Jones, Blue Mountains Tourism