Corridor of Oaks in Faulconbridge
Sir Henry Parkes, the father of Australia's Federation, was buried in Faulconbridge. After Federation, every Australian prime minister, or a family representative, has the honour of planting an oak tree in the beautiful Corridor of Oaks at Faulconbridge.
Faulconbridge is a charming Blue Mountains village, one of a string of townships along the Great Western Highway. Just 75 km from Sydney, Faulconbridge has many varied attractions, including Sir Henry Parkes grave, the Prime Ministers' Corridor of Oaks and the Norman Lindsay Gallery.
Any visit to Faulconbridge should include a visit to the Norman Lindsay Gallery to admire the paintings and sculptures of this much-loved local. Lindsay is also the author of classic children's book The Magic Pudding.
Speaking of magical desserts, Lindsay's Cafe features cakes, biscuits and more, along with coffees and teas, in a relaxed setting with both indoor and outdoor dining options.
Faulconbridge has many pretty parks and gardens as well as walks, such as the Victoria Walking Track, which takes you to Clarinda Falls in Blue Mountains National Park. Explore by day, and by night, cosy up in one of Faulconbridge's inviting accommodation options.
The charming neighbouring village of Springwood is just up the road and well worth a stop, too.
During your stay in Faulconbridge, make sure you visit the Corridor of Oaks. Every year since Federation, each Australian Prime Minister has planted an oak tree at this site - a tradition that continues to this day. This area of parkland also features park benches and statues, and it's a popular picnic spot. There really is no better way to enjoy a day in the mountains than to take a picnic basket to the Corridor of Oaks and relax in the shade.
Faulconbridge is a great place to take the family during the school holidays. There are plenty of parks to enjoy, allowing you to ride your bike, fly a kite or perhaps even enjoy a casual game of cricket.
Many tourists often stop in Faulconbridge en route to another destination as a way of breaking up the drive. There are plenty of well-priced accommodation options to choose from, including quality motels and guesthouses.
And if it's a secluded romantic getaway you seek, Faulconbridge is the perfect place to stay. There are a number of gorgeous and private cottages available for short or long stays, nestled in the bushland. The Blue Mountains has an almost otherworldly atmosphere, allowing you to forget your troubles back in the city and enjoy getting back to nature - while also taking advantages of the excellent dining options and cafes that proliferate the area.
Saturday 5 December to Sunday 6 December 2015
Roslyn Elms Art Images Gallery Opening Roslyn Elms is opening her Gallery
Walking track through Blue Mountains National Park. Image Paul Blackmore
Tourists on a rocky outcrop at Mt Hay take a walking track through Blue Mountains National Park. Image Chris Jones
Sculpture at the Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge. Image Nick Rains