to the more tranquil and undiscovered side of the mountain where natural beauty greets you at every turn: bush walks, horse rides, fruit picking (in season), Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, historic Kurrajong Village, roadside produce stalls and many varied cafes, restaurants & eating houses. Bells Line of Road is the original crossing of the Blue Mountains by Archibald Bell in 1823 who followed some Aboriginal women who had been kidnapped by the Springwood tribe.
In autumn, with crisp clear mornings and invigorating bush walks there is nothing better than coming home to a warm cosy fire, a good bottle of red and the welcoming hospitality of our friendly staff in the dining room.
Bushwalking maps and picnic hampers can be organised for that added touch of ease and simplicity.
Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens is a must for any nature lover and the ideal place for al fresco lunch with magnificent views of the distant mountain ranges of Wollemi National Park.
Bilpin is famous as the land of the mountain apple and has many local fruit stalls and orchards where you can pick your own.
Kurrajong Village is a small and historic town settled around 1790. Kurrajong is the Aboriginal name for ‘shade tree’, which grew in abundance in the town and in earlier times the seeds of the trees were roasted as a coffee substitute. There are now many fine cafes serving great food and coffee. History lovers will appreciate the old buildings and churches and collectors will be lost in the antique shops.
The views from Kurrajong Village are spectacular looking east across the Sydney basin from Penrith to the city amidst beautiful rolling green hills intermingled with rugged bush covered rocks and views of the Grose Valley.
As you travel further west to Bell the escarpment becomes spectacular with many exhilarating bush walks at Mt Banks and Pierces Pass. Mt Wilson is also a must to visit with many old garden estates and walking tracks. Gardens are usually open in autumn and spring and are well worth the visit.
Our staff are always willing to share local knowledge regarding what’s on at the time of your visit.