Mount Victoria is a classic town, rich with historic reminders of the time when this was an important staging post for horse-drawn coaches crossing the Blue Mountains. Today it is a popular base for activities and accommodation.
The Mount Victoria and District Historical Society Museum is an amazing collection of Australiana, from the days of explorers and convicts to today. With agricultural implements, natural history exhibits, early photographic equipment, musical instruments and furniture, this museum tells a fascinating story of life in the Blue Mountains over the years.
The village has a number of historic buildings dating from as far back as the mid 19th century. They include the grand Imperial Hotel, St Peter's Church of England, The Manor House and Toll Keepers Cottage. It was here that a toll was originally charged to travellers crossing the Blue Mountains.
From Mount Victoria the Darling Causeway turns north to join Bells Line of Road, an alternative route to Sydney. Along this route you will find Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, sprawling over 28 hectares. Some 500-plus species are grouped according to geographical origin, from rhododendrons of the Himalayas to the giant lobelias of Mount Kenya and South African proteas.
Just off Bells Line of Road, the gorgeous village of Mount Wilson was established over a century ago as a summer retreat for wealthy Sydney families. The village’s avenues planted with elms, beeches, and plane trees that give the town a distinct European flavour. Several gardens are open during spring and autumn garden festivals, some virtually all year round.
From Mount Victoria, Mount Piddington Road takes you to a summit lookout with incredible views over the Kanimbla Valley. From here several bushwalking tracks unspool to the cliffs of Hornes Point and the Fairy Bower reserve. Notable sites on the slopes of Mount Piddington include Coxs Leap and Bushranger Cave.