Renowned for its gardens and guesthouses, Blackheath sits at the summit of the Blue Mountains less than a two-hour drive west of Sydney. This rambling village of stone and weatherboard houses is also the starting point for some of the most spectacular of the mountain hiking trails.

From the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre a number of trails descend into the Grose River Valley, varying in length from a couple of hours to several days. Some involve steep descents, and challenging climbs, yet the easy Cliff Top walking track to Evans Lookout offers some of the most awesome views in all the Blue Mountains.

Grose Valley - Blue Mountains

On Blackheath’s Wentworth Street, the Bakehouse on Wentworth is a sourdough bakery famed for its range of organic breads, tarts, cakes, pastries and old-fashioned hand-crafted pies – try the Chicken, Leek and Mushroom. Sample an espresso while you're on the premises.

Taste wonderful local food at the Blackheath Growers Market, where you can meet the growers and producers of a fantastic array of foods. It is run between the hours of 8am and 12pm on the second Sunday of each month, from February to December. 

Barista and customer at Anonymous Cafe, Blackheath, Blue Mountains

Blackheath also has some of the finest boutique guesthouses in the Blue Mountains. Most are set in cool-climate gardens, decorated in an opulent country style and equipped with cosy parlours with open fires, ideal when the weather chills. Book in for a long weekend, or take advantage of special midweek rates. 

The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens on Bacchante Street are known for their spectacular spring colour, yet the extensive plantings of deciduous trees, especially along Maple Crescent, make this an autumn colour fest. Sprawling across 18 hectares, the rambling woodland garden incorporates creeks, fern glades, natural bushland and a pretty lake spanned by a stone bridge.

At the end of Govetts Leap Road, the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service is a valuable source of information on local Aboriginal and European historic sites. It is also a great resource for camping, guided walks and bushwalking in the Blue Mountains National Park .

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Leonarda Kovačić: Mediterranea

    Sunday 18 March 2018 to Thursday 29 March 2018 , Blackheath

    Mediterranea is the 14th solo exhibition by Dr Leonarda Kovacic, Katoomba-based photographic artist, historian, tutor, lecturer and curator. The exhibition presents a selection of Mediterranean motifs from Croatian islands, evoking the ch…

    18 Mar - 29 Mar
  2. Moments of Magic

    Sunday 01 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond. The exhibition showcases…

    01 Apr - 30 Apr
  3. Blackheath Growers Market

    Sunday 08 April 2018 to Sunday 09 December 2018 , Blackheath

    Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Blackheath Growers Market. Meet the growers and producers of a fantastic array of foods. It is run between the hours of 8am and 12noon on the second Sunday of each month from February to …

    08 Apr - 09 Dec
  4. Wilderquest Bug Hunt Adventure

    Monday 16 April 2018 to Tuesday 24 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Get ready to discover some of the planet’s most amazing creatures – bugs! You will be surprised at the many different bugs living right under your feet. Have fun learning all about where they live, what they eat, where they sleep and why th…

    16 Apr - 24 Apr
  5. Tree Painting and Art Day

    Tuesday 17 April 2018 to Friday 27 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Join their Aboriginal Ranger and participate in some tree painting and other art activities, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich language behind some traditional symbols, and have a unique opport…

    17 Apr - 27 Apr
  6. Aboriginal Experience at Walls Cave

    Thursday 19 April 2018 to Monday 23 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Journey with their Aboriginal Ranger as you descend down into the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath. Hear stories and legends of this country’s first people, and retrace their steps along this beautiful waterway, formerly occupied for t…

    19 Apr - 23 Apr