Early European explorers traversing the Ble Mountains used to camp by a spring surrounded by towering Blue Gums, an area known to local Darug people as Oryang-Ora. Later renamed Springwood, it became popular amongst wealthy landowners, including Sir Henry Parkes and later the controversial artist, Norman Lindsay.
Today, Springwood is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains, with a bustling shopping strip and a lively café culture. Enjoy a strong shot of caffeine at local favourite Dbl Ristretto, or indulge in a boozy brunch at The Bunker; while for fine dining, the new restaurant Arrana presents a degustation menu with a focus on indigenous ingredients.
Located in the heart of town, the historic Royal Hotel is home to a bistro with magnificent views over the valley, as well as accommodation; while Springwood Country Club has a family-friendly atmosphere for relaxation after a round of golf on a picturesque course boasting views to Sydney.
Meanwhile, for local and regional food sold straight from the farmers, don’t miss the Springwood Growers Market held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Norman Lindsay’s former home in nearby Faulconbridge is a now a gallery celebrating his work. Located in an ornate Victorian villa on Springwood’s main road, Braemar Gallery – part of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – is a community art space showcasing local and regional artists.
Explore nearby bushland on the Sassafras Gully Loop, a 10km circuit starting near Springwood Station that follows natural gullies past beautiful waterfalls, or look for glow worms on cave walls in Birdwood Gully Reserve. Meanwhile, in nearby Glenbrook, look for axe grooves by the water’s edge at Campfire Creek as you follow the Red Hands Cave Track to an ancient Aboriginal art gallery.
Getting there and where to stay
Springwood is just an hour’s drive from Sydney via the M4. You can also catch the train direct from Central on the Blue Mountains line and the journey takes 1hr 45min. Stay in the heart of Springwood at the historic Royal Hotel, with nine family-friendly rooms available. Couples will love the romance of the Rose Lindsay Cottage at Faulconbridge; while you can also stay on the grounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery in a self-contained cottage.