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. Sally Coppard: Is There Still Life?

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Sunday 25 March 2018 , Springwood

    17th century still life paintings depicted both the bountifulness of creation and the fleetingness of time. Sally Coppard’s Is There Still Life? reinterprets this idea through paintings examining 21st century fears: has time ran out for the…

    22 Mar - 25 Mar
  2. Springwood Growers Market

    Sunday 25 March 2018 to Sunday 23 December 2018 , 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. Tan…

    25 Mar - 23 Dec
  3. Penelope Hale: The Patchwork of Childhood

    Thursday 29 March 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018 , Springwood

    The Patchwork of Childhood is a celebration of the moments in early life that on the surface may seem ordinary. When viewed as a collection it can be seen that smaller moments, however mundane, help shape the greater childhood experience. T…

    29 Mar - 22 Apr
  4. Susan Ruming Discovering the Blue Labyrinth

    Thursday 29 March 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018 , Springwood

    Discovering the Blue Labyrinth is artist Susan Ruming's journey of exploration through the Blue Mountains National Park from Wentworth Falls to Glenbrook. Ranging from expressive horizon landscapes, to plein air sketches, the artist uses …

    29 Mar - 22 Apr
  5. Peta Hinton: Dwell

    Thursday 29 March 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018 , Springwood

    Dwell is a series of acrylic paintings on scrolls inspired by the natural surroundings of artist Peta Hinton’s home in the Blue Mountains. Symbols, repetition and pattern are used to represent the features of the landscape and the effects o…

    29 Mar - 22 Apr