Time to recharge? Getaways in the Blue Mountains

By Lachlan Probyn,

Looking to escape the city? Why not head to the Blue Mountains? Located in our very own backyard, the scenic region boasts spectacular landscapes, rich wine and produce, and a great mix of quality hotels. So go on, welcome spring with a Blue Mountains getaway, and experience the fresh country air in one of these rejuvenating hotels.

Lilianfels Blue Mountains & Spa – Katoomba

If you’re looking for a truly elegant experience in the Blue Mountains, Lilianfels Blue Mountains & Spa is certain to fulfil your criteria with resounding success. Set on the edge of the Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park, this award-winning luxury five-star resort bestows a slice of heaven amidst the panoramic surrounds.

Offering 85 elegant rooms and suites, each is appointed with a king-sized bed, a marble bathroom with walk-in shower and luxurious Appelles Apothecary bathroom amenities.

Beyond the room, recline in the opulent guest lounge, curl up beside the open fire, and gaze outside to scenic Jamison Valley. Alternatively, take a dip in one of the two heated swimming pools or indulge in a touch of pampering at the resort’s very own day spa. As night approaches, grab some modern Australian fare at Lilianfel’s multi-award winning restaurant, Darleys.

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Parklands Country Garden & Lodges – Blackheath

A little like how Bondi Beach has become synonymous with surf, the Blue Mountains is often synonymous with romantic getaways with your beloved beau or belle. So for some desired privacy, why not book a night at one of the cottages at Parklands Country Garden & Lodges?

Scenically positioned amidst 11 acres of lush gardens, Parklands offers various rooms, but for a romantic experience, the garden suite is ideal. Think a king-sized bed, complimentary bathrobes and slippers, and the best part – an elegant sitting room which opens onto a private garden patio!

All rooms come with Wi-Fi and LED TVs, and bathrooms are adorned in luxury toiletries by Appelles Apothecary. Seeking a massage for two? The hotel’s day spa offers a range of indulgent spa treatments and packages certain to help you and your +1 unwind and celebrate spring!

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Echoes Boutique – Katoomba

Echoes Boutique is the equally glamourous sister hotel of Lilianfels Resort and Spa, and it’s clear to see that this hotel family means business when it comes to offering opulent accommodation.

Nestled at the edge of the Jamison Valley, this upscale 4.5-star boutique hotel delivers spectacular panoramic views of rural Australia, and is only a six-minute walk from the iconic Three Sisters rock formation.

Rooms are adorned in a contemporary design, boasting a king or queen-sized bed, a marble bathroom, and underfloor heating if feet are tired after a long stroll outside.

Otherwise, take full respite from the frosty season and get cosy in a suite which includes a separate, private living room! If your idea of weekend retreat involves some TLC, head to Echoes Day Spa and float away with a signature massage treatment of essential oils.

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The Carrington – Katoomba

For a dusting of grandeur and old-world charm, an experience at The Carrington should definitely be noted in your itinerary. Reminiscent of a stately villa found in one of Jane Austen’s novels, The Carrington was built in 1883 and showcases large verandas, a dramatic entry staircase, and ornate stained-glass windows.

Often referred to as The Grand Lady of the Mountains, the heritage listed hotel provides various period-detailed room types with most offering a queen-sized bed, and some even coming with a spa!

A rich continental breakfast is also served in the grand dining room for hungry tummies in the morning. If you’re looking for some culinary indulgence in the evening, the award winning in-house restaurant, Old City Bank Brasserie delivers fresh, local dishes that celebrate spring.

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Silvermere Guesthouse – Wentworth Falls

For a personalised sprinkling of elegance and stately charm, Silvermere Guesthousein scenic Wentworth Falls is the ultimate solution. This refined 1920s country house offers both B&B and self-contained accommodation in the form of six different restored rooms. Rooms come with quality linen and towels, private bathrooms, and LCD flat-screen TVs – ideal for a night in!

The Yengo Room, which is often lauded the best room in the house, boasts a period art-deco fireplace, a walk-in shower, and elegant Georgian windows overlooking the stunning Blue Mountains.

For those wanting a lazy morning in, a hot breakfast of organic local produce can also be cooked to order. As night approaches, head to Silvermere’s in-house restaurant, Nineteen23, which is located in the graceful guest dining room. With a rich and varied menu, Head Chef Max and his team skillfully use locally sourced ingredients to create a decadent mix of modern Australian fare.

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Avonleigh Country House – Katoomba

For an accommodation choice that voices the charm and heritage of regional Australia, Avonleigh Country House is the ideal solution. Built in 1916, the statuesque Avonleigh offers 12 different rooms.

Each equipped with a private bathroom and all embellished in period-style furnishings and features. If you’re travelling in numbers, go for the family room which comes with a king-sized bed and two singles.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is a shared lounge and TV area if you wish to meet fellow guests. Avonleigh Country House is also in easy reach of notable attractions, restaurants, and shops, and if you’re guilty of having a sweet tooth, a visit to the nearby Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is certainly in need!spein

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Federation Gardens & Possum’s Hideaway – Blackheath

When conjuring images of a Blue Mountains spring getaway, thoughts of secluded cabins with toasty open fires often spring to mind. At Federation Gardens & Possum’s Hideaway, this fantasy becomes reality. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains bushland, nature lovers will appreciate the organic setting amidst Australian flora and fauna.

Couples may particularly benefit from the Possums hideaway cabin, which is appointed with a queen-sized bed, a spa bath, and a slow combustion wood fire for a hint of heat! If a group adventure with friends is more your thing, the five-bedroom cottage comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, two TVs, and a toasty gas fire.

While you may never want to leave the comfort of your cabin, the site provides various communal facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, undercover BBQ area, and a cubby house and swings if you’re travelling with the tots in tow.

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Old Leura Dairy – Leura

Ever wanted to experience rural life in the Blue Mountains? At Old Leura Dairy, you can do just that – well kind of! Set in a converted dairy farm, this upscale four-star hotel offers six rustic cabins which each bestow a name that voices the site’s former function as a dairy – think The Milking Shed, Buttercup Barn, and Moo Manor.

Whichever cabin you choose, you can appreciate a flat-screen TV, a claw foot bath, and either an open- or slow-combustion fire to keep you snug at night.

Recognised as an eco-hotel, each of the cabins use up to 80% of environmentally friendly materials. The Straw Bale House, for example, is constructed with straw-bale walls to ensure maximum insulation during the different seasons.

On a smaller scale, cabins are also appointed with recyclable toilet paper, organic aloe vera soap, and compost bags for fruit and vegetable left-overs. Mother Nature will be pleased indeed!

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Cover Photo: Tony Heyward (CC by 2.0)