Kurrajong is a small town nestled among the hills of the lower blue mountains. It offers some of the best views of Sydney and is an easy day trip in the Hawkesbury region.
In the Dharuk language, Kurrajong is the name for a native flowering tree whose bark fibres were used for fishing nets, twine, and weaving. The trees were once common in the area.
Kurrajong is an easy car trip away and is best reached via Bells Line of Road. Begin your day taking in the Hawkesbury as you ascend the foot of the mountains. We’ll stop for coffee in Kurrajong, but if you need a quick hit on the drive there, we recommend Lennox Street Social in Richmond, which is on the way.
Turn into the main street of Kurrajong, Grose Vale Road. You’ll immediately see the stunning St Gregory’s Church overlooking Sydney. Built in 1840 and extended in 1904, this old building dazzles in the sunlight and is an impressive sight to behold as you enter the township.
Continuing along Grose Vale Road, you’ll come to the local shops. Stop at the several boutique stores and buy something locally made. Make sure to visit Deli LaNa for gourmet sauces or antipasto. And for a coffee, visit The Village Kitchen who also make incredible Corn & Ricotta Fritters, perfect for an early lunch.
Don’t miss Sapling Nursery a little further up the road. This small nursery is filled with healthy plants all of which are incredibly reasonable in price. Take a wander and pick up a few additions to your garden or indoor plant collection.
Across the road, spend some time at the playground and grass area of Memorial Park. There are two mill stones recovered from Singleton’s Mill, an old flour mill built in the 19th century nearby – read about the area’s history from the information panel here.
Next, drive to Bellbird Lookout for uninterrupted views of Sydney, from the West all the way to the East. Pause to listen to the call of the bellbirds after which this tranquil lookout is named.
Continue along Bells Line of Road to Lochiel House in Kurrajong Heights for lunch or dinner. We recommend making a booking before you arrive and checking their opening hours.
This intimate restaurant is in a 200-year-old house, making for a cosy and homely atmosphere. You’ll love the tributes to the house’s history, with individually sourced art and historic trinkets by owner Charlene.
Plan and book a night’s stay at their onsite guesthouse which is comfortably designed with timber beams and a high ceiling, fit with a fireplace and an elegant bathroom.
A day trip or weekend away in Kurrajong is ideal for slowing your pace and surrounding yourself with the ever-lovely Blue Mountains.