All posts tagged: Blue Mountains

The Megalong Valley Tearooms, Blue Mountains

First established in the 1950s, The Megalong Valley Tearooms reminds me of a country homestead, surrounded by lush green fields and the incredible backdrop of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon cakes and desserts, it is the only remaining tearoom in the valley (which once had up to six operating in the area at one time). And to date, still serves fresh scones with homemade jam and cream to locals, travellers, hikers and the like – similar to a devonshire tea experience, but with your choice of beverage that is. If you’re in the area, The Megalong Valley Tearooms is about a 15-minute drive from Blackheath, or a 25- to 30-minute drive from Katoomba and Leura. It’s a little out of the way from other local attractions, yet it’s a beautiful rest spot to have a cuppa and take in the views. Open seven days a week, you can visit Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 3.30pm, and all other days from 9.30am to 3.30pm. We were passing through to …

Pie in the Sky Roadhouse, Bilpin: Try their Delicious Apple Pie

Owned and managed by Josh Pilkington and Shelly Meng, Pie in the Sky Roadhouse is somewhere I love driving to, just to pick up their warm, fresh apple pies. Crispy, flaky… oh so delicious… Josh & Shelly, I (and many others) love your apple pies, so please don’t ever change the recipe. On first impressions, it may not look like a modern, fancy pie shop, but with an average Google rating of 4.5-stars (out of 5), by more than 760+ reviews, I know I’m not the only one that loves this place. Less than a 45-minute drive from Sydney’s north west, I enjoy making the trip. That said, the times I’ve been here to visit, I’ve gone fairly early in the morning to beat the queues. Otherwise, from the main road, you can see there is generally a queue out the door throughout the day… and when this happens, parking can be a bit of a challenge too. Handmade daily on-site using French style butter puff pastry, Pie in the Sky Roadhouse have a variety …

Vale of Avoca Lookout in Grose Vale

Looking for a new place to explore around Sydney – not too far to drive to, but rewarding to visit too? One of the spectacular lookouts that I love to escape to, is the Vale of Avoca Lookout in Grose Vale, located in the Hawkesbury region and the Blue Mountains National Park. If you’re driving from Sydney towards Richmond, Kurrajong or Bilpin areas, this is a secluded turn off point en-route, that I’d highly recommend for you to stop by and see. Personally, I wouldn’t drive all this way just to visit this lookout however, it is a great attraction if you’re near, and it’s free to visit too. Vale of Avoca is situated about 300m above the Grose River Gorge, looking out over the beautiful Blue Mountains region and the lower Grose Valley. The best times to visit is on a cool, sunny day – the less windy the better – and you should bring some water, a hat and wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots. I’d also suggest not to …

The Hive Cafe, Berambing

If you’re in the Bilpin or Kurrajong area, or driving from Lithgow, the greater Blue Mountains, or possibly even Mudgee, I’d suggest for you to visit the Hive Cafe, Berambing. This is a small, roadside cafe, offering a light breakfast and lunch menu, with both indoor dining and a handful of outdoor tables. It’s the perfect stop too for those with a pooch as it’s dog friendly outdoors… just the place we were looking for. The Hive Cafe is open seven days a week on Mondays to Fridays between 8am to 4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays between 8.30am to 5pm. There’s ample parking available right in front, which is an easy turn off from Bells Line of Road. They make excellent coffees here, so even if you just need a 10-minute break from driving, this would be my recommended coffee rest stop in the area en-route. The staff are very friendly and accommodating whilst you are accompanied with a dog. The service itself is also personable and warm. And even though the menu is not …

A Visit to the Bilpin Cider Co. Brewery

As we start exploring around our local areas a little more, Bilpin Cider Co. popped up in my newsfeed featuring a ‘Bilpin Archibald Cloudy Apple Cider’ in their post. It got me thinking, wondering what to do for the weekend – we have these craft beers in our fridge every now and then, so maybe we could pop in for a visit? Looking it up on the map, Bilpin Cider Co. brewery was actually less than an hours’ drive from Sydney’s north-west and it mentioned it was open to the public. Sometimes you feel places are far, but I was quite surprised that this was the same amount of time it would take us to also drive to Sydney’s CBD. So the next weekend, we planned a visit to the Bilpin area. It was our first time to the brewery and the vibe was buzzing as soon as we stepped out of the car, plenty of people enjoying their Sunday afternoon all around the property. It was like a hidden gem of the area, tucked …