Best Things To Do In The Blue Mountains

Sydney, Travel / 23 November 2023

Stay at Kyah in Katoomba and immerse yourself in the finest offerings of the Blue Mountains, from exploring picturesque bushwalks to savouring local cuisine.

Nestled amid the vast expanse of the Blue Mountains, just a leisurely two-hour drive from Sydney’s CBD, discover the Kyah Boutique Hotel—a serene haven where nature’s beauty seamlessly intertwines with luxurious accommodation and dining. This transformed Blackheath gem exudes the allure of Palm Springs while preserving its heritage charm.

Kyah, Blackheath

Within its tranquil ambiance and 46 rooms adorned with 1970s-inspired interiors, guests are welcomed by the crisp mountain air amidst lush greenery. Modern aesthetics harmonise effortlessly with the hotel’s historical architecture, inviting relaxation and indulgence. While amenities like a tennis court and rejuvenating spa offer relaxation, the true culinary delight lies within Blaq, the on-site restaurant boasting 170 seats and a comforting fireplace.

Chef Mate Herceg, formerly of the esteemed Hydro Majestic, orchestrates a “paddock to plate” menu at Blaq, a gastronomic journey highlighting the region’s best produce. From the delicate Burrata with baby fennel to the bold flavours of Brined Kangaroo, each dish narrates a tale of the Blue Mountains’ essence.

Wentworth Falls

For explorers, a myriad of bushwalks beckon: Wentworth Falls track reveals breathtaking valley views, while the Empress Canyon trail offers an intimate encounter with Empress Falls. The daring can embark on the Grand Canyon Walk, a 6.3km loop boasting cascading waterfalls and mesmerising vistas.

Ateş, Blackheath

Beyond the hotel, culinary escapades abound: 8 Things in Katoomba serves a global palette of street food, and Ateş in Blackheath crafts share plates in a historic ironbark-fuelled oven. Hominy Bakery in Katoomba tempts with fresh bakery goods, while The Grumpy Baker in Bulpin boasts iconic pies. The acclaimed Black Cockatoo Bakery in Katoomba is celebrated for its excellent coffee and pastries, recently crowned the second-best croissant in NSW. Mountain Culture Beer Co is another renowned spot, pouring the country’s leading craft beers.

As twilight descends upon the serene landscapes of the Blue Mountains, one thing remains evident: this retreat—a seamless blend of natural wonder and refined indulgence—invites an escape from city life, a sanctuary ready to be cherished and explored.

Looking for another getaway? Check out our guide to The Hunter Valley.