The Best Bushwalks for Kids in the Blue Mountains: A Guide for Families
The Blue Mountains of NSW are a sensational place for bushwalking with children. Immersing ourselves in this exquisite backyard of tracks and natural beauty is also one of the best ways to restore our mental and physical wellbeing. Out of the hundreds of tracks to explore, we have selected a few of our favourite bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains that are easy enough for children just starting out in their bushwalk adventures.The Blue Mountains of NSW are a sensational place for bushwalking with children. Immersing ourselves in this exquisite backyard of tracks and natural beauty is also one of the best ways to restore our mental and physical wellbeing. Out of the hundreds of tracks to explore, we have selected a few of our favourite bushwalks for kids in the Blue Mountains that are easy enough for children just starting out in their bushwalk adventures.ivities for children all year round in the Blue Mountains. We have listed some ideas for family-friendly fun.
Wild Valley Art Park run workshops during the school holidays.
For more details please check their website.
Where: Wild Valley Art Park, 321 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls
Phone: (02) 4757 4791
Wonderful gardens for the kids to explore. The visitors centre has changing exhibitions and displays.
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah
Gardens Open: 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-5.30pm Sat-Sun & Public Holidays
Entry to gardens: free
Telephone: (02) 4567 3000
A great day out for the whole family. Open first Sunday of each month except January. Take a picnic or there is a canteen selling hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and ice creams.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: $3.50 per train ride
Where: 15 Grahame Street, Blaxland
Telephone: (02) 4739 2677
Beautiful gardens that the whole family will enjoy.
Open: April to September 10am - 4pm. October to March 10am to 5pm. Closed 25 & 26 December.
Cost: $15 adults, $10 concession, $35 Family, Child (under 5 years) free
Where: Everglades Historic House & Garden, 37 Everglades Avenue, Leura
Telephone: (02) 4784 1938
A popular attraction in the Blue Mountains, kids will love Scenic World where they can take the Scenic Skyway across the valley, then take a thrilling ride on the Scenic Railway down to the forest below.
Walk on the boardwalk through the forest. See the life-size bronze mine worker and his pit pony, sit in the Rainforest Room, learn about the history of the valley. At the end of the boardwalk ride the Cableway back to the top.
Visit the Scenic World website where an interactive map and list of suggested itineraries will help you plan your trip. Family activities include the Waterfall Walk to view Katoomba Falls, the easy trail for parents with prams and Nan & Pop with the Kids. For more adventurous families there is the Great Round Walk which includes the Giant Staircase and Federal Pass through the Blue Mountains National Park.
Scenic World is located at the corner of Cliff Drive and Violet Street, Katoomba.
Telephone: 1300 SKYWAY or 02-4780-0200
Jenolan Caves is considered to be one of the world's finest and oldest cave systems, winning 3 gold awards at the 2011 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards..
You can choose from guided tours of 10 spectacular caves (for all ages and fitness levels), most with child and family rates.
Tours include ghost tours (for older kids and adults), self-guided Nettle Cave tour and night tours. There are a range of bushwalks, from easy to strenuous, and native wildlife.
During NSW school holidays, Jenolan also offers holiday activities for children aged 7-12 - the Bones & Stones Tour is popular. Bookings are recommended during school holidays.
There is a restaurant, café, bar and family accommodation for all budgets, from fully serviced rooms, to group and backpacker rooms to self-contained cottages.
The Toy & Railway Museum is housed in the historic home of Leuralla, one of the oldest Blue Mountains heritage listed homes set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens. See a unique collection of toys and trains including pre and post-war dolls, teddy bears, lead figures, comics, books, tinplate trains, aeroplanes, automobiles and working model railway sets. See the biggest Barbie Doll display in Australia and a Matterhorn railway garden plus NSW Railway memoribilia.
Also on display is the Doc Evatt Memorial photographic exhibition. The photographs commemorate the life of former Australian Labor leader Dr Herbert Vere Evatt (1894-1965) who was also elected President of the UN General Assembly in 1948. The photographs are a 'who's who' of international politics from the 1930s-1950s. Leuralla is still in the hands of the Evatt family.
Open daily 10am to 5pm at 36 Olympian Parade, Leura.
Telephone (02) 4784 1169
The Cultural Centre holds workshops for all ages plus specific programs for Tots & Kids and Teens. Visit their website for up-to-date programs. The Cultural Centre is also home to a brand new Katoomba Library.
Where: 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
Telephone: (02) 4780 5410
Who can drive past a lolly shop! The Lolly Bug is on the Great Western Highway in the Hartley Valley. Stop on your way from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves (it's a 20 minute drive from Katoomba), or it's just 10 minutes from Lithgow. Look for the yellow VW.
You will find hundreds of varieties of lollies - old fashioned English sweets from Kingsway and Bassetts, Scottish delights from Ross' and Lees', boiled lollies, choc-coated temptations, giant lolly pops and Australian favourites such as rosy apples and musk sticks plus local honeys and jams.
You will also find gifts such as hand-painted wine glasses and coffee mugs, hand-made children’s clothing and a wide selection of Vera May handbags.
If you can't get back and want to stock up on your favourite lollies, you can even buy lollies online!
Where: 2297 Great Western Highway, Little Hartley
Telephone:(02) 6355 2162
The museum houses a collection of historic railway and tramway locomotives which depict the development of rail transport in NSW from the 1880s to the 1980s. Have fun with Interactive exhibits of engines and carriages and view railway memorabilia. Take a short ride in a restored historic Sydney Steam Tram, see the Model Railway, explore the oldest remaining Steam Locomotive Roundhouse in NSW and restoration works on tramway and railway exhibits. Valley Heights is located between Blaxland and Faulconbridge.
Where: 17b Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights
Telephone (02) 4751 4638 (weekends only)
Open: 10am-4pm (last ride 3.30pm) - on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month (except Mothers Day and last Sunday in December). See website for special open days.
Entry: $15 Adults, $13 Concession, $11 Child (5-15), Child (under 5) FREE, $45 Family.
This shop can best be described as a mega teddy bear store. They stock over 14,000 teddy bears and plush toys! It's a great place to take the kids.
Open 9am - 5pm everyday except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Where: 21 Great Western Hwy, Blaxland
Telephone (02) 4739 0677
Book your Blue Mountains accommodation, stay a while and take advantage of all that is on offer for families.