Blackheath

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. The Blackheath Art Society Exhibition

    Saturday 08 December 2018 to Monday 22 April 2019 , Blackheath

    The Blackheath Art Society holds four annual exhibitions which continue to attract critical acclaim and wide audience appreciation. A wide range of work from figurative to abstract, and landscapes to portraits will appeal to a wide…

    08 Dec - 22 Apr
  2. Blackheath Growers Market

    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…

    09 Dec
  3. Relax and Awaken Weekend

    Saturday 16 February 2019 to Sunday 17 February 2019 , Blackheath

    Relax and Awaken Weekend in the beautiful quiet village of Blackheath, Blue Mountains and it’s going to be a wonderful time to take a break from busy life to stop and connect your surrounding, to draw a breath of fresh air and to feel a…

    16 Feb - 17 Feb
  4. Blackheath Choir Festival

    Friday 23 August 2019 to Sunday 25 August 2019 , Blackheath

    The Blackheath Choir Festival is always held over the last weekend in August. The choirs will perform individually, between them singing ancient, modern, classical, folk, pop, comedy, opera, jazz, cabaret, traditional, chamber, gospel,…

    23 Aug - 25 Aug
  5. Blackheath Flower and Craft Show

    Saturday 21 September 2019 to Sunday 22 September 2019 , Blackheath

    Come along to the 96th Blackheath Flower and Craft Show 2016. Enter flowers (exotic and native), home baked cakes, slices, biscuits, jams, chutneys and pickles into this wonderful traditional show. Admire the abundant floral displays…

    21 Sep - 22 Sep
  6. Annual NSW Iris Society Show

    Saturday 19 October 2019 to Sunday 20 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Part of the National Iris Convention hosted by the Iris Society of Australia, enjoy the wonderful displays of many types and varieties of Iris, plus floral art, handcraft, photographs and art depicting Iris and Iridaceae. There will be…

    19 Oct - 20 Oct