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ROAD TRIP: Make a winter getaway to the majestic Blue Mountains

Did someone say winter getaway? No? Just us? But that’s what you’re dreaming about, isn’t it?

When you daydream at your office desk and wonder when the person of your dreams will whisk you away, Bridget Jones style, on a dreamy winter break just for two.

But where to go, what to do, who to see and where to stay? We have the answer, of course, and the first in our winter on the road series we, of course, hit the road and headed to the Blue Mountains. 

The Blue Mountains are famous for many things – beautiful scenery, national parks, epic natural landscapes, and cozy corners, just to name a few.

But what about logistics? First of all, Katoomba, the central hub of the region, is only a mere three hours away, which makes it far enough away from the dramas of Newcastle, and close enough to not want to tear your hair out on the drive. Sit back, relax, and let us break it down for you, whilst you debate whether to take the blue or the grey jumper.

Sure I’m excited, but I don’t particularly want to stay in a freezing log cabin in the middle of nowhere.

Someone has read The Shining one too many times by the looks of it. Contrary to popular belief, the Blue Mountains region is bursting with boutique accommodation options, thanks in part to the booming AirBnB industry.

If you’re looking for something a little special, we suggest Little Burrendong, run by hosts Bec and Shelley. Their loft, at the back of their property, really is a beautiful home away from home.

With amenities galore (including a free breakfast!) as well as the comfiest bed in all the land complete with a split-sided electric blanket (we all know someone who cranks it up to three), what more could you need for a romantic weekend away? I dunno… feel like a massage?

Of course, you do.

Luckily for us, and the future version of yourself, Bec runs The Conscious Beauty Therapist (which is conveniently located just downstairs from your little getaway).

Even better, Bec’s little beauty studio is eco-conscious with local made, low-tox products and reusable cotton to reduce waste. She offers amazing treatments, facials and experiences that will have you floating away from that office job in no time. You’re on holiday time now, kid. 

Do I have to hunt and gather my food like Leo Dicaprio in The Revenant?

Gawd no! The Blue Mountains – Katoomba and Leura in particular – are jam-packed full of delicious places to eat, drink, and be merry. Take the Yellow Deli cafe for example, if you like your coffee with a side of cult that is (although full disclosure the food and service are amazing, but if you’re intrigued you can read more about them here).

Or maybe pizza is your thing? There’s the Station Bar for that… and coffee? We strongly recommend Cassiopeia, for great service and a delicious cup of joe

But what is there to do and see?

*Holds out arms like Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura*… Nature people, nature. The Blue Mountains National Park is one of our most beautiful and definitely a hot spot for anyone who is after a breath of fresh air.

There’s also the Three Sisters of course, which is complete with a very easy access lookout so if you’re not built for hiking you won’t miss out we swear. For those up for the challenge (and lusting after a better view) there’s always the Giant Stairway or better yet, why not head to Scenic World and take the scenery in, in one hit? No hiking boots necessary.

And ok fine, maybe nature isn’t your thing, but maybe antiquing is? No judgement here.

We swear Katoomba and the Blue Mountains surrounds play home to the largest population of antique stores in the entire land. (Statement may or may not be an over exaggeration but you get our point).

Or you could always just kick back, enjoy some mulled wine and not do any exploring at all. It’s your holiday, after all.