Our Travel Expert Rose Jacobs gladly throws herself into the majestical NSW mountainside in pursuit of springtime happiness!
There is no better time to head to the hills than when the flowers are in bloom and your luggage doesn’t include feather-filled puffer jackets and thermals!
Not that I’m against rugging up in the winter months, but there is something so magical about waking up in the mountain-side with a fresh, fragrant, warm breeze coming in through your window and the excitable twitter of spring birds announcing a spectacular day ahead.
Of course, there are mountains… and then there are Mountains. If you live anywhere in Australia then with any luck, you’ll have witnessed the Blue Mountains in NSW with your own eyes. And if you haven’t, then this is the time of year when you truly need to do it!
I’m a firm fan of staying in accommodation that truly embraces your local surrounds. If you travelled to Paris you wouldn’t stay in a Formula 1 Hotel next to the airport would you? (If you have, then we seriously need to talk!). So, in saying that, when you get to the mountains, check yourself straight in to The Old Leura Dairy… which is exactly as the name implies… it was an old dairy that has been converted into a boutique property complete with outdoor hot-tub that used to serve as a milk vat!
Blossoms line the stepping stone pathways between the timber houses and gently smoking chimneys are the only sign that you have neighbours. Fresh locally baked bread awaits your arrival along with electric blankets if the evening turns cool and breakfast hampers that can be pre-ordered complete with croissants and locally made jams.
Perhaps the ultimate reminder that you’ve left the city life behind is the welcome note to tell you where you can find your hidden front door keys. You can light your own indoor log fire and the fully equipped kitchens and claw foot bathtubs will take you to a happy place you’ll never want to leave, or tell another soul about! Trust me, it broke my heart to include mention of this incredible little gem in this feature story!
Take your time appreciating the Buttercup Barn, Moo Manor, The Milking Shed or any one of the handful of lovingly restored accommodations you may stay in…its very clear to any guest that time is exactly what has been poured into every detail of this unique and welcoming property.
Speaking of local food… a trip to the Blue Mountains wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Hydro Majestic for a very special treat indeed. Perhaps you’ve had a High Tea before? Well I can guarantee you’ve never had a High Tea as unique as this.
Choose between the Asian inspired High Tea or the Traditional High Tea, with optional champagne and if this isn’t enough to set your spirits soaring then a private session with Sophia the In-House Tarot Reader most certainly will. Appropriately dressed head to toe in era appropriate clothing, you may be forgiven for thinking Sophia is the resident ghost of yesteryear.
The buildings are steeped in history and the view from the central is quite remarkable.
I mentioned views right? Well then strap yourself in for this! (Literally, make sure you’ve got that seatbelt tightly fastened!) Your next adventure involves a trip to Scenic World – aptly named because of the most remarkable sights you may ever see!
If heights aren’t your thing, then…. Well, actually I have nothing to say other than suck it up princess!! Because life is too short to let your fears get in the way of living life to the fullest and the Scenic World experience is most certainly one of these moments!!! Ok, maybe just stick the skywalk then. Your friends and family however, will definitely want to experience the Cable Way and the Sky Way. Sound hairy? Well, I won’t lie to you. This is in fact the steepest aerial Cable Car in the Southern Hemisphere!
The Cable Way allows you to experience the beauty of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains during a 510 metre journey down into the Jamison Valley.
The Sky Way meantime, involves inching 720 metres across the skyline staring through invisible glass underfoot, at deep flowing ravines and lush rainforests 270 metres below. Yep, I’d call that pretty awesome!
But my personal favourite by far was the Sky Railway! It’s a thrilling 52 degree incline down the steepest passenger railway track in the world. With glass roofs overhead (and possible with your face pressed firmly against it if you didn’t do up your seatbelt properly!) you’ll be open-mouth staring at the Jurassic rainforest surrounding you.
This is honestly one of those experiences you won’t forget.
Just like the accommodation you choose, I strongly suggest checking out the retail of the region rather than the chain stores. That’s the whole point of travel right?! And, it just so happens that the most incredible (and Telstra Business Awarded) stores sits right in the heart of Leura in the Blue Mountains and employs more than 40 local people in their pursuit of perfection and delivering a holistic, organic, healthy, beautiful range of skincare products and homewares.|
iKOU is a Japanese word that stands for “Rest, Relax, Restore” and achieves exactly that - and more. Based on 100% sustainably sourced ingredients the absolute rainbow of face, body, fragrance and home products will carry you away with the aromas of Australia’s most heavenly bush and plant fragrances. This is regional shopping at its absolute best!!