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Recharge with a vacation in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury


Fancy a well-deserved R&R? About 90 minutes west and one hour northwest of Sydney you will find the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Regions. Just a short drive from the city, these areas offer great natural beauty and the much-desired fresh air of national parks. By helping you trade business meetings and Zoom sessions for hikes, swims, views, and dining, these are great places to renew your weekend plans.

To help you get the most out of your getaway, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to stay, eat and drink in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas, along with a few wilderness experiences and adventures you must check out. . Best of all, we’ve found a few deals along the way to save you money as well.

Recharge your senses with iconic experiences

First, if you choose to visit the Blue Mountain area for a day trip, there is absolutely no shortage of tours on offer. You can find the day trip that best suits your needs, from the duration and sites to the activities involved during the tour. To manage here to see all tours available including lunch, wildlife park, 4×4 driving, native animal sightings, native cultural education, sunsets, and more. You can always book and jump on the Hop-on hop-off bus to move around and see everything too.

But if you are staying in the area and want to explore and renew your walk around the block, there are a few amazing adventure activities you can tie yourself to. And we literally mean “buckle up” because it wouldn’t be a trip to the Blue Mountains without going down and seeing some of its natural beauty from the inside while doing a bit of canyoning. You can book for a full day canyoning or a full day of canyoning and abseiling on the magnificent cliffs of the mountain for the exploration of a lifetime. If you’ve never done it, canyoning takes you deep into the caves, rivers and streams of the rainforest, with a mix of rappelling, hiking, swimming and snorkeling on challenging routes and difficult. It’s for all experience levels, and trust us, it’s a lot of fun.

In the Hawkesbury area, why not visit one of Australia’s best cider houses? Head to the house of Bilpin Cider Company for a good summer drink. You can visit the cellar door, the farm and taste some ciders with a large plate of pasture in a real natural setting. You can actually take A guided tour of Katoomba from the Blue Mountains Botanical Garden and Bilpin with a cider tasting in between.

Offer: Get 30% off all bookable New South Wales experiences listed on Tripadvisor. * General conditions apply.

Renew your point of view at these hotels

You need to find yourself a good comfortable base from which to go for adventure and relaxation on your vacation. In the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury, that could mean booking an Airbnb, a hotel, or even a resort.

But if you ask us for a solid recommendation in the area, there is no overspending. Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains in the picturesque village of Leura. If you are looking for comfort, luxury and a view of hell, you have found it here. The boutique hotel offers a range of rooms overlooking the Jamison Valley, including a very boujee grand luxury suite which hosted the Dalai Lama himself in 2015. The only real problem is you can never leave, with several restaurants, tea, whiskey bar, golf course, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools and the Ubika day spa.

Offer: Find rooms with Accor starting at just $ 155 a night.

Swap your usual take-out for a restaurant dinner

There is nothing we love more than being in town on vacation. By letting you order that extra cocktail, having a few beers during the day, stopping for a late-night bite or treating yourself to a fine meal. Renewing your menu and eating as you please is all the better as it also involves supporting the local hotel industry, which did the hard last year.

To make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite places in the area. The only question remains: what are you in the mood for?

Don’t count the Blue Mountains as a very underrated region for good food. If you want to indulge in a luxury tea experience with champagne, scones, candies, sandwiches and all the trimmings, book a lunch at The restaurant-lounge at the Lillianfels Resort & Spa. Or why not treat yourself to a sample seven or five course menu at the Amara for intimate and gastronomic holidays. And relax in a real country meal in the historic setting of a chalet Darley restaurant, a more than 100 year old establishment lit by open fireplaces and surrounded by gardens, bushes and views.

Speaking of lunch and the view. Immerse yourself in modern Australia crossed with an Asian influence overlooking the Jamison Valley at Echoes Restaurant at Katoomba. There are more world heritage sites where it came from if you book for The winter garden at Hydro Majestic. Spend the morning here over tea or prepare a romantic dinner with panoramic views of the Megalong Valley.

Offer: Book with The fork and receive up to 50% off food bills at select restaurants. Dine and Discover vouchers can be redeemed for discounts based on restaurant terms and conditions.

Get out of the network with these wilderness adventures

This part is too easy. The regions of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury are an absolute embarrassment of riches in the categories of natural beauty and adventure. Benefiting from mountains, forests, national parks, hikes, swimming holes, caves and the magnificent Australian bush as far as the eye can see, getting out into nature and renewing your walk around the block is a semblance in these areas.

Where to start with the infinitely picturesque Blue Mountains. Discover the world famous rock formation Three sisters Echo Point in Katoomba is an absolute must see. Nearby, descend into the depths of the valley via the Giant staircase, with 998 steps leading you from Echo Point to Honeymoon Bridge and the First Sister.

If you are less into exercise, Picturesque world has you covered. Take a day pass and descend into the Blue Mountains on the Scenic Railroad, a slowly descending passenger train at a 52-degree slope, originally built for coal miners in the 19th century. Then see it all from much higher up as you take the Skyway Cable Car suspended 270 meters above the forest floor and travel 720 meters. Or by cable car, a descent of 545 meters into the Jamieson Valley. Either way, you’ll get some serious Jurassic Park vibes (minus all the killer dinosaurs). And besides world-class hikes, waterfalls and lookouts, you’ll also find amazing places to explore like Jenolan Caves or Leura Waterfalls.

But don’t sleep on the Hawkesbury either. First of all, there is nothing better than cooling off in the river during the summer, and with the Hawkesbury River running through the area, there are plenty of great swimming spots to choose from. You can go kayaking, jetboating, wakeboarding, fishing or even boarding the Hawkesbury paddle steamer.

Stay safe in NSW National Parks this summer. Plan ahead by checking the NPWS website for alerts and closures before visiting a park.

Swap the on-screen zoom to zoom around the harbor. Give up the sofa for the front row seats at the theater. Rekindle your love of confinement with a romantic room above the city. Renew your routine, recharge your senses and experience the best of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury. And with so many great deals, did you really need another excuse to book? Head toward Tripadvisor for more things to book and do.

* Important things to know:

  • The discount is capped at $ 60 per reservation. Limited discount units may be redeemed.

  • The promo code is valid for purchases between November 16 and January 31, 2022. Reservations can be made for a later travel date.

  • Tripadvisor reserves the right to change the promotion period and promotion mechanisms at its own discretion. In case of cancellation or refund, the refund amount will be based on the amount paid.

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