Best Things To Do With Kids In The Blue Mountains
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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. Here are some holiday highlights:
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.
Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains
One of the best things about visiting the luxurious Fairmont Resort and Spa 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, a heated swimming pool and an epic garden maze. The Fairmont certainly gets our vote of Best Kid Friendly Resort Near Sydney. Read our ellaslist review here.
High and Wild Blue Mountains Adventure Tours
Is your family a little on the wild side? We found just the ticket for adventure in a safe environment. High and Wild Blue Mountains Adventure Tours has been operating in Katoomba for over 30 years and will whisk you away for a fun-filled day the whole family will never forget. With canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing and bush survival adventures, there's something for all levels of action. If you've ever wanted to try something a little daring with the kids, the Blue Mountains is the place to do it!
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah
The gorgeous Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for little legs to run free. You’ll 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.
Mayfield Private Garden
The annual Spring Festival at Mayfield Private Garden 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 - well at least 75 hectares 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. As if that all wasn't enough, for no extra cost you can even go with the family on a rowboat along Mayfield Lake.
United Cinema is a cinema on steroids situated near Katoomba. It features one giant movie screen as well as 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.
The magnificent Jenolan Caves are a veritable wonder of nature and it’s definitely worth the hour or so long drive from Katoomba. 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.
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.
A new country diner run by celebrated Aussie chef Sean Moran in the quaint town of Bilpin is, by his own admission, "totally family-friendly and fun". High Hopes Roadhouse serves up farm-fresh comfort food using local mountain produce, with menu staples like toasted sandwiches, soups, pasta (mmm... cauliflower mac & cheese) and steak plus a decadent apple pie with ice cream - perfect by the cosy fireplace! The vintage vibes run deep with the rustic exterior, eclectic op-shop decor and art deco details. Tucked away at the back of the dining room is another nod to nostalgia - a sweet shop bursting with an array of brightly coloured candies.
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!
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 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 an 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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