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 .

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  1. Junior Ranger: Cultural Appreciation

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Thursday 10 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Join their Aboriginal ranger for a fantastic hands-on experience as you discover ancient tools, weapons, and musical instruments. Aspects of both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture will be…

    26 Apr - 10 Oct
  2. Essential Bush Skills for Teens

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Thursday 10 October 2019 , Blackheath

    This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next…

    26 Apr - 10 Oct
  3. Spotlight!

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 04 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join their national parks ranger for an exciting expedition as they discover the creatures of the night. Get ready to tip-toe down the track and learn more about the wonderful nocturnal…

    26 Apr - 04 Oct
  4. Macro floral painting with Tracey Miller

    Saturday 04 May 2019 , Blackheath

    In this one-day workshop, Tracey will guide you step by step through the process of creating a stunning floral painting, focusing in close-up on each bloom and expanding it to fill the whole canvas. Working in acrylic from a photograph…

    04 May
  5. Mixed media portraits with Tracey Miller

    Sunday 05 May 2019 , Blackheath

    Have you ever wanted to paint a portrait, but don’t know where to start? Have you tried portraiture and struggled? This one-day workshop is perfect for learning, step-by-step, how to create a portrait that is engaging and captures the…

    05 May
  6. Blackheath Growers Market

    Sunday 12 May 2019 to Sunday 08 December 2019 , 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…

    12 May - 08 Dec