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Blackheath is a beautiful and scenic village in the heights of the Blue Mountains. Located on the traditional land of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples, it has spectacular views all around with many charming small businesses and food to die for. Just over an hour from the centre of Western Sydney, it’s an easy day trip or relaxing weekend away full of things to do.

Chang Lai Gardens, Doonside


Take the Blue Mountains train line to Blackheath Station or drive along the scenic Great Western Highway to arrive in ready for your morning coffee.

There are plenty of cafes to grab a hot beverage, so take a wander around Govetts Leap Road. Hounslow is a great café that serves Mecca coffee, all day brunch, and lunch. Enjoy their decadent bacon & egg roll or their delicious cured hiramasa kingfish – it’s a treat yourself kind of day!

If you want to enjoy something hearty, head to Bakehouse on Wentworth and try one of their famous pies. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with so many different fillings to choose from – try a classic meat pie, or something more adventurous like Kangaroo.

With Pastry in hand, take your time wandering along Govetts Leap Road and visit the variety of stores and boutiques. Blackheath has a great village atmosphere with a real sense nostalgia.

One of the iconic landmarks is the striking Art Deco building that now houses Victory Theatre Antiques Centre. Built in 1915, this old cinema has a geometric façade and side exterior wall colourfully displaying a Jenny Kee mural of native flora and fauna.

Inside is just as impressive as you’ll find all kinds of antiques and collectables filling two storeys. From books to jewellery, vintage frocks to artworks, Victory Theatre is ready for you to have a rummage.

A few doors down is Day Gallery. If you love supporting talented local artists and having a piece of the Blue Mountains in your home, this boutique gallery is just the spot. With many different styles of artworks, Day Gallery is a great showcase of the diversity of creative expression in the area.

After visiting the Blackheath village, the next stop will show you just how beautiful this area is. Follow Megalong Road down into the Megalong Valley and head to Dryridge Estate for wine-tasting with a very fine view. This little hidden gem is becoming well known for a great drop.

Just a twenty-minute drive from Blackheath and nestled next to the Six Foot Track, Dryridge is surrounded by miles of the magnificent Narrow Neck sandstone escarpment.

Visit for a cellar door experience that will blow you away even before you sit down. You’ll enjoy their wines and decadent cheese platters overlooking the vineyards with that breathtaking view.

You can book a weekend wine-tasting and try a mix of eight different reds and whites served by their team of experts who will tell you about the process and aromas. Make sure to pick up a few bottles to take a piece of the Megalong back home.

Finally, head back up Megalong Road to Blackheath, and visit the Campbell Rhododenron Gardens. No matter what time of year it is, expect these gardens to be beautiful. Filling 45 acres of bushland, you’ll be surrounded by rhododendrons, azaleas, native trees, and many other plants. Take an afternoon to stroll about these volunteer-run gardens.

By now you’ll be hungry for a substantial meal. There are many great and award-winning restaurants to choose from in Blackheath village.

One of these is Cinnabar Kitchen, which is a unique dining experience of dishes designed to let you ‘travel the world in one night’. Other great dinner options include Mexican restaurant Zoe’s, Mediterranean restaurant Ates, and BLAQ Restaurant & Bar.

Enjoy Blackheath and its surrounds, it’s places like this that really allow you to unwind and appreciate the unexpected. Blackheath has so much to offer and with so many boutique accommodation venues, hotels, and BnBs, you may just want to stay the night among the night skies of the Blue Mountains. Well worth a visit.

Evans Lookout, Blackheath


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