Things to do in the Blue Mountains: Kid-friendly Favourites
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 10 of our favourite things to do in the Blue Mountains with kids.
1. Visit Scenic World
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 kids at heart!). 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.
2. Stay at the Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains
If you're planning on staying in the Blue Mountains overnight, book your stay at the super family-friendly 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 Resort & Spa certainly gets our vote of the best kid-friendly resorts near Sydney. Read our ellaslist review here.
3. Go on a High and Wild Blue Mountains Adventure Tour
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, High and Wild Blue Mountains is the place to do it!
4. Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah
The gorgeous Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for little legs to run free and the incredible views of the mountains and the ornamental gardens are just so pretty! 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.
5. Go Waterfall Hunting at the Leura Cascades
If you're up for a bit of a walk with a very rewarding view, head to the Leura Cascades Fern Bower circuit in Katoomba. The moderately challenging walk is highly recommended for outdoorsy families and offers spectacular views of the Jamison Valley as well as plenty of waterfall spotting to excite the little ones.
6. Visit Mayfield Garden
Arguably one of the most incredible gardens in Sydney, Mayfield Garden is 65 hectares of rolling lawns, stunning flowers, waterfalls, one of the largest mazes in Australia, picturesque lakes, ornamental gardens and more. Mayfield Garden is split into two gardens (Mayfield Garden and the Hawkins’ Family Garden) both of which are not open all year round so make sure you check the Mayfield website before visiting. It's also worthwhile checking Mayfield Garden's events calendar as they hold four seasonal festivals throughout the year and you won't want to miss these! For more maze action, check out our top picks of mazes near Sydney. This autumn, check out their epic Autumn Festival, which showcases the beauty of the gardens in their full glory!
7. Go Deep Underground at the Jenolan Caves
The magnificent Jenolan Caves are a veritable wonder of nature and it’s definitely worth the 3-hour drive to Katoomba to see them. There are more than 300 documented caves in the Jenolan Caves but only 11 caves are accessible to the public via a guided tour.
The best Jenolan Caves to tour with kids are the Imperial or the Chifley. If you have little ones under four then pick the Imperial Cave as it's the easiest of the Jenolan Caves to navigate. For older kids, you may want to consider caves such as the Orient, The Rover Cave or Temple of Baal. Make sure you check on current conditions in the Jenolan Caves before visiting and to book your tour tickets. We've got more kid-friendly caves near Sydney to add to your list!
8. Adventure Into the Dark on the Blue Mountains Night Walk
Also called the Katoomba Falls Reserve Night Walk, the Blue Mountains Night Walk is the newest Blue Mountains bushwalking track with a massive difference - it's only open at night! The Night Walk has been designed to showcase the Blue Mountains in a totally different light (literally!) to highlight the area's natural landscapes such as Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls, Katoomba Cascades, and even the glamorous Three Sisters from certain vantage points.
9. Grab a Bite to Eat with the Kids
The Blue Mountains is full of kid-friendly eateries but these are some of our favourites:
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!
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!
10. Blue Mountains High Tea
If you really want to crank the decadence factor up a few notches, spoil the kids with a Blue Mountains high tea service! The Blue Mountains is loaded with scrumptious high tea services for families or for a romantic day out for two!
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