Yulefest in the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are magical in Winter and Yulefest brings extra festive cheer. Enjoy Christmas in July with beautiful mountain valleys wreathed in mist, crackling log fires, spicy mulled wine and traditional roast dinners with all the trimmings at hotels and restaurants.
Savour a decadent five course Christmas themed feast at the Wintergarden Restaurant in the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel. Enjoy drinks and canapes at the Saturday Gala Yulefest Dinner at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, or find a Winter wonderland and festive buffet at Leura’s Fairmont Resort & Spa.
The annual Winter Magic Festival lights up the streets of Katoomba on 22 June, bringing the community together for a parade packed with performers, musicians and market stalls. The kids will love the costumes and delicious food supplied from local cafes and eateries.
You’ll be thrilled to receive a gift from Santa inside one of the magical Jenolan Caves while the whole family can enjoy the Yulefest cheer with a festive feast at Chisolm’s Restaurant in heritage-listed Jenolan Caves House, complete with Christmas tree and carols.
By car, coach or train, it’s easy to get to the Blue Mountains. The drive from Sydney to Katoomba is 90 minutes, and trains regularly depart from Central Station. There are also local buses in the Blue Mountains that stop at spectacular attractions, information points and accommodation.
While you are in the area don’t forget to say hello to The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba. Take a walk in the crisp Winter air and explore one of the many accessible bushwalking trails, which are open all year round. You might even be lucky enough to see snow.
Check out the vibrant events calendar for more festive cheer. You will also find a range of accommodation near spectacular attractions, including luxury resort options. For a great road trip, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive is an awesome series of routes that takes you from natural wonders to wineries and country markets.