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. 

Braemar Gallery, Springwood, Blue Mountains

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.

Martins Lookout - Springwood

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. 

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. In Passing - Jean-Luc Batchelor

    Sunday 17 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    Pieces that people normally only get a fleeting moment to interact with presented in a manner to encourage further viewing. Stickers attached to street signs, posters on bus shelters, images on shirts – these pieces of art are barely…

    17 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. Loyalty to the Cockroach - Mathilda Robba

    Sunday 17 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    The cockroach can survive being submerged under water for half an hour.  It can live for a week without its head. It can survive a nuclear explosion because of its simple body structure and slow cell cycles. It has never been known to be…

    17 Feb - 24 Feb
  3. Springwood Growers Market

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019 , Springwood

    Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Springwood Growers Market. Meet the Growers and Producers of the fantastic array of foods. Supporting local Farmers and Producers. You will see that what you buy is fresh and lasts…

    24 Feb - 15 Dec
  4. Sulari Gentill - Author Talk

    Saturday 09 March 2019 , Springwood

    Don't miss this chance to meet the best-selling novelist behind the Rowland Sinclair historical crime novels and hear her discuss the latest in the series, All the Tears in China, as well as her psychological thriller, Crossing the Lines. …

    09 Mar
  5. Mànran (Scotland)

    Saturday 13 April 2019 , Springwood

    Mànran are one of the hottest acts and best-loved Scottish bands performing on the international music scene today. Variously tagged as “folk-rock”, “Celtic-rock” and even “grown-up folk-rock”, Mànran’s music defies easy labelling due…

    13 Apr
  6. Springwood Foundation Day

    Saturday 27 April 2019 , Springwood

    Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2019! Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become. Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers,…

    27 Apr