The Best Things to do with Kids in Blue Mountains
- All Ages
By: Lisa Wolff, ellaslist
The Blue Mountains is the perfect spot for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. It’s only 90 minutes from the city and offers so many fantastic activities for the whole family.
With three kids under 3-and-a-half, the Blue Mountains was our first family holiday. And what a success! These are our favourite highlights of our trip.
The 16 day Autumn Festival at 'bloomin magical' Mayfield is something you don't want to miss! The only time in the entire year that Mayfield's Private Garden is open to guests, giving you the chance to explore the entire span of Mayfield - all 160 acres of it! You and the kids will love getting lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, and make a point of heading to the Croquet Court afterwards - your own Alice in Wonderland adventure! And that's all before you check out the Chapel, the Chook Hilton, and an 80 metre Cascade! As if that all wasn't enough, for no extra cost you can even go with the family on a row boat along Mayfield Lake - a perfect end to the day. Keep an eye out for the interactive games scattered through the garden...the whole family can join in! Mayfield's 2018 Autumn Festival is running from 14 - 29 April. Book your tix here.
There are four awesome attractions at Scenic World in Katoomba and each one offers thrills, breathtaking views and so much fun for the kids (and grown-ups). Get an adrenaline rush on the Scenic Railway, Glide up and down the mountain on the Scenic Cableway, Stand on the transparent floor of the Scenic Skyway as it travels across a 720-metre long chasm and Meander along the Scenic Walkway through the fascinating ancient rainforest. Read More about our Visit.
Fairmont Reserve Blue Mountains
One of the best things about visiting this luxurious resort near Leura with kids, is that you never have to leave. There are so many fun-tastic activities within the resort that our children could have stayed there for weeks without getting bored. There are two action packed playrooms, a train, merry-go-round, cinema, tenpin bowling, heated swimming pool and so much more. Plus a delicious variety of kid’s food. The Fairmont certainly gets our vote of Best Kid Friendly Resort Near Sydney. Read More about our Stay and Win a Family Getaway to this Luxurious Resort.
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah
This gorgeous Botanic Garden is the perfect spots for little legs to run free. You’d need to travel along the Bells Line of Road to get here. The kids will love the variety of colourful flowers, the rock gardens, fountains and little creatures (you may be lucky to spot a frog or a lizard sunning itself).
Entry is free and the paths are mostly pram accessible. There is also a cafe, toilets, gardening shop and BBQ area on site.
This is a cinema on steroids situated near Katoomba. It features one giant movie screen as well regular movie screens. The complex was taken over by United Cinemas and has been rejuvenated into a must-visit spot in the Blue Mountains – especially on a rainy day. There are often kid’s movies showing so check the latest movie sessions.
These magnificent caves are one those wonders of nature and it’s definitely worth the hour or so long drive from Katoomba. (Although the path leading up to the caves is narrow and windy). There are more than 300 documented caves in the area but eleven caves are accessible to the public via a guided tour.
The best caves to tour with kids are the Imperial or the Chifley. If you have little ones under the age of four then pick the Imperial Cave which is the easiest to navigate. For older kids, you may want to consider caves such as the Orient, The Rover Cave or Temple of Baal.
The kids will be in awe of the stalagmacites and stalactites and love the tight squeezes and passageways. It’s an amazing introduction to caves for the kids.
Top Spots to Eat with the Kids
Gingerbread House Cafe was one of our favourite places to eat in the Blue Mountains. It’s straight out of a fairytale with decadent treats, a permanent Christmas display, and of course lots of yummy Gingerbread. The kid’s menu is simple and tasty and the Hot Chocolate is one of the best around. There is also a cubby house and a climbing frame to work off that sugar high.
This is a traditional Italian pizzeria with an extensive menu featuring both pizza and pasta and other Italian specialties. The kids each got a ball of dough and a mini rolling pin and they are invited to roll out their dough. They had lots of fun moulding the dough into different shapes. Once they had finished, the dough was baked in the wood-fired pizza oven and given to them as we left. What fun!
There isn’t really a children’s menu but the kids enjoyed munching on a variety of pizzas that we ordered.
The kids will be in paradise at Cafe Madeleine in Leura Mall. This is the sister store of Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, situated a few doors up on the other side of the mall. The cafe is bustling and very welcoming to our kids. The treats on offer are decadent and include desserts, brownies, waffles and the most decadent hot chocolates.
Wentworth Falls Lake
This lake offers something for the whole family including picnic and BBQ facilities, safe swimming, shelter and a children’s playground. The kids will love the wild ducks on the lake. It’s a great spot for a picnic lunch and some quiet time to enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
And finally don’t forget the Candy Store in Leura. This is a old-world style lolly shop with a huge range of local and international treats. Hold onto your kids – there’s a serious sugar high ahead!
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