At the foot of the cliffs below Katoomba, on a road that winds down through ancient rainforest, the Megalong Valley is another side of the Blue Mountains. Here the dry eucalypt forests give way to tree ferns that spread their lacy umbrellas over mossy boulders, and finally to an enchanted landscape quartered with farms and horse pastures, and just two hours by road from Sydney.
About Megalong Valley
A lush, green paradise of forests and pastures, the Megalong Valley is a classic slice of Australian bushland. It’s also a great place to throw a leg over a horse, and both the Blue Mountains Horse Riding Adventure Tours and Euroka Homestead and Farm Cottage have mounts for riders of all abilities for its wilderness riding trails.
Amble along the Six Foot Track, a historic and classic long-distance walking track which treats the walker to some of its best as it winds through the Megalong Valley between Katoomba and the Jenolan Caves.
As an alternative to this three-day walk, the section from Megalong Valley Road down to the Coxs River and back is a satisfying alternative, a five-hour walk through gorgeous bush and farmland to a swing bridge over the river.
Surrounded by the towering sandstone cliffs of the escarpment, Dryridge Estate is a stunning boutique vineyard in the Blue Mountains. Planted with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Shiraz grapes, this boutique vineyard pioneered viticulture in the Blue Mountains are its vines are tended and picked by hand.
The Megalong Valley has a variety of accommodation alternatives, perfect for absorbing the soothing tranqulity of this lovely valley, within easy reach of Sydney. The options include rustic country cottages, eco-lodges in luscious surroundings, luxurious country estates with all the trimmings and vineyard accommodation at Dryridge Estate.
The road from Blackheath into the Megalong Valley is also one of the Discovery Trails on the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. The Drive is a sensational experience, a majestic tour of this rich and varied region with 18 unique Discovery Trails that offer an in-depth look at its special places. The Discovery Trails also make it easy to break the Drive into shorter, one-day sections.