Roadtrip Sydney to Upper Blue Mountains

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Roadtrip Sydney to Upper Blue Mountains – Explore the Majestic

Take the Road trip Sydney to the Upper Blue Mountains and back, and you’re up for a relaxed, fun filled adventure. This itinerary is just what you need! You’ll get lungfuls of fresh mountain air and seriously stunning scenery and you pass orchards, vineyard, quaint towns and get to check out some cool historical sites along the way.

There is also some incredible secret swimming holes we’ve included to take a dip here and there. And, on your way home, why not take a chilled-out drive through Mount Victoria, swing by Little Hartley, and maybe even hit up Kurrajong on the way back? It’s going to be a scenic ride, trust us. There’s some pretty unique things to do and see there, plus you can kick back and relax in your hand picked, Travellarks accommodation in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions.

Day 1: Sydney to Glenbrook

  • Via Bells Line of Road (B59) accessible from North Parramatta in Sydney’s northwest.
  • Distance: Approx. 85 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 1 hr 15 min
  • Welcome to Glenbrook Gorge – 
    1. Drive to Glenbrook and turn onto Bruce Road near the town’s shops and railway station.
    2. Follow Bruce Road until you see signs for the Glenbrook Gorge Picnic Area.
    3. Turn left onto Hare Street and follow it to the picnic area entrance.
    4. Park and follow the walking tracks to access the gorge (less than a km)
    5. Stretch your legs (take a hike), picnic or have a dip at this stunning Gorge.
  • Welcome to JellyBean Pools – a cherished local gem with a sandy bottom and shallow depth great for families.
    1. Reach Glenbrook Gorge Picnic Area
    2. Park and begin hiking on the Jellybean Track.
    3. Walk through bushland until you reach Jellybean Pool.
    4. Enjoy swimming or relaxing by the water.

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Glenbrook to Springwood

  • Distance: Approx. 5 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 4 min
  • Welcome to Springwood – where Norman Lindsay lived for over 60 years! Once your art immersion has left you, stop by Bilpin for some fresh apple picking (seasonal) or to relax in the local cafes and take in the scenery or immerse yourself in the beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park. With its Art Show (check the dates), cafes, boutique shopping, and vibrant community events, Springwood invites visitors to soak up its serene atmosphere and rich cultural heritage. And don’t forget to explore the surrounding natural wonders (there’s great walking trails) to see cascading waterfalls to fabulous lookout points. Don’t miss the Springwood Aquatic Centre is you’d prefer this to a water hole!

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Springwood to Leura

  • Distance: Approx. 35 km
  • Drive Time: Approx.22km
  • Welcome to Leura – with cool spots like the Toy and Railway Museum, you can geek out over vintage toys and model trains. Then there’s Everglades Historic House & Gardens, a real-life fairy-tale with beautiful gardens and old-school charm. Don’t miss chilling at Leura Cascades, where you can relax by waterfalls and soak in nature’s vibe. And nearby, you’ve got Sublime Point Lookout for epic views and Scenic World for some adrenaline-pumping fun. Feeling hungry? Head to Red Door Cafe, Madame Wangs and Leura Gourmet. Leura Mall has some great, little shops too with a mix of fashion, homewares, vintage and more. Try Teddy Sinclair, Leura Vintage and Maharani Boutique.

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Leura to Katoomba

  • Distance: Approx. 2.1 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 5 min
  • Welcome to Katoomba – home of Australia’s natural wonder – The Three Sisters! Definitely don’t miss this and Scenic World is a blast with its crazy railway and skyway rides – it’s like a theme park over the spectacular views and if you’re into artsy stuff, swing by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for some cool exhibitions and workshops. Check out the vibrant street murals and local markets with handmade crafts, jewellery, locally produced goods, delicious food, and live entertainment. Whether it’s the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Markets, the Katoomba Street Art Markets, or other seasonal events, Katoomba’s markets are a must-visit! Adrenaline seekers will love the canyoning tours, abseiling and wildlife spotting while others will find theirs in exploring the local boutiques and galleries. Experience the regions indigenous history at heritage sites and guided tours and storytelling. feeling Hungry? Try Basil Nut, Pomegranate, Avalon and Little Paris Cafe,  Station Bar and Wood Fire Pizza.

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Roadtrip Sydney to Upper Blue Mountains Return

Katoomba to Mount Victoria

  • Distance: Approx.17 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 16 min
  • Welcome to Mount Victoria – a quaint cluster of shops perfect for browsing and picking up unique finds. From artisan boutiques offering handmade jewellry and pottery to outdoor gear stores stocked with hiking essentials. But the real attraction is the killer view! There’s look out lookout points for epic photos, plus hiking trails for some outdoor adventures. History buffs can check out old mines and settlements, while foodies can chill in cosy cafes and restaurants. Try the Victoria and Albert Cafe, Niccolo’s, Piccolo Deli, Two Little Beans and Lily’s Pad. After dinner head to the movies at Mount Vic Flicks – the revamped 1930s public hall, showing mainstream and arthouse flicks, and serving home-baked goods.

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Mount Victoria to Little Hartley

  • Distance: Approx.  km
  • Drive Time: Approx.
  • Welcome to Little Hartley -the land of apples! This little village doesn’t disappoint, with a rich history, tasty eats and farm-fresh apples. Have a wander or join a tour of the Heritage listed Courthouse or the Hartley Historic site and even pick your own fruits at nearby orchards. But when hunger strikes, swing by spots like Café Hartley for homemade treats or the Little Hartley Fruit Barn for some fresh fruits straight from the orchard. Have fun at Little Hartley Fruit Orchard and pick your own apples or berries. Travellarks has brilliant, handpicked accommodation in this Blue Mountains area for your Roadtrip Sydney to Upper Blue Mountains!

     

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Little Hartley to Kurrajong

  • Via Bells Line of Road.
  • Distance: Approx. 43 km
  • Drive Time: Approx. 56 min
  • Welcome to Kurrajong – You’ve got these cute little historic buildings scattered around, giving off major cosy vibes, and there’s always something cool to check out at the artisanal shops and galleries. Plus, when you’re feeling peckish, head to The Village Kitchen or The Deli on Queen or The Church Bar, Schembrae’s and Woodfire Pizza in a historic church building, selling craft beers, great pizza and locally sourced wines. Don’t forget the bushwalks, horseback rides, winery tours and Richmond Good Food Market. You’ll get some sweet views staying in Travellarks accommodation in Kurrajong.

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Kurrajong to Sydney

And when it’s time to go home and your Roadtrip Sydney to Upper Blue Mountains comes to an end, perhaps it’s time to check out our other adventures and plan your next one!

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