Just over an hour’s drive from Sydney, Springwood is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains, and the first taste of the pretty weatherboard architecture and cool-climate gardens typical of the region. This is also a great place to take a short break, with a wealth of things to do in the surroundings.
Built is 1881, the historic Royal Hotel is located in the heart of this pretty township. The magnificent hotel has a bistro with magnificent views over the valley. The nearby Braemar Gallery is a community artspace with changing exhibitions that showcase works of local and regional artists, situated in an ornate late Victorian villa. The gallery is known for its support of young and emerging local artists.
For more history, visit the Lennox Bridge, completed in 1883, at nearby Glenbrook. This is the oldest colonial-era bridge on the Australian mainland. Built by stonemason David Lennox and a party of 20 convicts, the single-arch sandstone bridge assisted the passage of horse-drawn vehicles, aiding the development of the Blue Mountains.
One of the hidden treasures of Springwood is Martin’s Lookout. Located at the end of Farm Road, the lookout is accessible by car in dry weather, just a short walk from the end of the dirt road. The lookout offers a classic view over the Lower Blue Mountains to Glenbrook Creek with Lost World Lookout on the far side.
Sassafras Gully Loop is a lovely bushwalk from Springwood Station. This 10.5km circuit walk follows natural gullies as it wanders through dense bushland past stunning rock features and waterfalls. At its furthest point, the trail passes the Perch Ponds Camping Area. Well shaded and never far from water, this is a fine walk on a warm day.
On the fourth Sunday of every month you can also sample, taste and buy wonderful local produce at the Springwood Growers Market. Right alongside the Great Western Highway, beautiful Buttenshaw Park is a great spot to stop for a picnic, or just to break the drive. Along with its trees, the park has a children’s play area.