Who knew a rural oasis exists less than a couple of hours from Sydney’s CBD?
While Sydney may be all hustle and bustle, just a short drive away lies a tranquil getaway. Bilpin is a country town located on the historic Bells Line of Road in the Blue Mountains area and is the perfect spot to get away from it all.
Where to stay
You can find hotels, motels and AirBnBs in the area but one top pick is Eden Farm Escape. This property is synonymous with getting back to nature. Set on 90 acres of rolling hills, the cottages are also completely self-sufficient relying on solar panels (with batteries as back up) to power the site.
As the name suggests, the modern cottages are located on a working horse farm, which means that you can take advantage of a complimentary session on one of the farm’s well-trained horses. Even if you’ve never hopped on the back of a horse, the team will ensure you’re matched perfectly and who knows you may want to add on a lazy trail ride through the neighbouring National Park.
There are also other animals on the farm, from cows to donkeys, that you can go and visit, and at certain times you can even feed them.
The farm was established in 2016 by a couple who were driven by their love of animals and need to create a sanctuary away from the city. Not long after purchasing the farm, they realised a lot of other people could benefit from animal therapy, too. The accommodation cottages opened late 2018 and are a great space for couples or families alike.
What to do
If the weather is nice, the Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens is a short drive away where you can get lost in the blooms and exotic trees. A bit further down the ride, you can explore the caves that house the spectacular glow worms, too.
While you are this way, Kurrajong is just a 15 minute drive away where you can browse the vintage shops and pick up a treat from the bakery.
Since Bilpin is well-known for their juicy apples, you should drop into Bilpin Cider to have a tasting, a slice of homemade apple pie and perhaps some cider to take away.
Where to eat
While the cottages are fully equipped to whip up a homely meal to enjoy by the fire or on the deck, there are some great local places to check out.
Housed in a weatherboard cottage, Lochiel House is the perfect place to indulge in some pillowy gnocchi or crispy duck.
For something a bit more casual, the local pub, The Archibald, comes highly recommended by residents. The perfect spot for classic pub-grub like a chicken parmy or pork knuckle.
If you’re looking for a top lunch spot, Kravings is a the perfect stop and has some mouth-watering grill options.