Just over an hour’s drive west from Sydney, you’ll enter this beautiful bushland oasis. It’s the perfect excuse for a day trip or a weekend escape to recharge the batteries and rejuvenate the mind. Tread lightly amongst this natural wonder that covers kilometres of breathtaking (literally) walking tracks, along with antiques, culinary delights and artistic creations. It’s magical all year round but particularly in winter/spring when the log fires are burning and the flowers are in full bloom. If you can escape during the week, you’ll miss the crowds so don’t forget your camera, pack your Parka and gallivant about in the great outdoors.

Top 3 things to do

1. Glenbrook

With fresh air calling, it’s best to leave Sydney when the rooster crows to make the most of your adventure into the mountains. Fuel up with a legendary brekkie or coffee stop in Glenbrook which has transformed itself into a little culinary cul de sac of epicurean delights. Our picks are The Church Glenbrook cafe with its heavenly Campos coffee and cakes and 2773 for the mouthwatering woodfired pizza.

2. Adventure-time

For thrill seekers and Bear Grylls wannabees, go weak at the knees (literally) with the array of activities that revolve around the bush. For a horizontal challenge, trek along the 6km circuit National Pass – it can be difficult at times but it’s worth it for the stellar views overlooking Jamison Valley. For some pedal power, Blue Mountain Bikes will get your heart pumping (and jumping) through a self guided ‘Oaks Fire Trail’ which is a 28km circuit trip starting from Woodford to Glenbrook with a train ride on the return leg.

3. Hydro Majestic

The wondrous grand old dame, Hydro Majestic is not only an architectural masterpiece, its newly restored hotel, restaurant and magical view for miles, make for a great day out in Medlow Bath. Transport yourself back to the Art Deco days of Gatsby and his mates as the grandeur (and of course that postcard perfect vista) takes your breath away. Indulge in some High Tea in the Wintergarden or better still, stay the night and soak up the rich heritage of this iconic hotel. Watching the fog roll in across the mountains is simply magical.

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