The charming town of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains can be a good place for a getaway from Sydney, giving you a chance to breathe the fresh mountain air with a tinge of eucalypt. It was for this reason that even in the 1800s these mountains were seen as a great place to rest and recuperate from the hustle and bustle.
There are great lookouts not far from here, giving you expansive views of the mountains as well as the valleys and fields below, especially Lovetts Leap with its dramatic views of Grose Valley.
Blackheath itself has retained much of its victorian country village charm. You’ll find classy restaurants, interesting antique shops, art galleries and cafés.
The central position of town was marked by the early explorer and surveyor, George Evans, in December, 1813. Beginning his journey across the mountains and further westward on 20-11-1813. Based on the results of his survey, a road was built from Emu Ford, Penrith to Bathurst in Central NSW.
The area was given the name ’Blackheath’ by Governorn Macquarie. The first building to be built here was an Inn, the ’Scotch Thistle’ in 1831. The area pf tje roadside inn eventually developed into a town, after the rail line across the mountains was built in 1869
The Road Sign says Lovetts Leap with the Blue Mountains National Park Tourist Information centre to the left (if coming from the west towards Sydney). To the right, lies Megalong Valley with its rolling hills and lush farmlands and Shipley Plateau.
There are some dramatic lookouts near here, including Evans Lookout, Pulpit Rock and Govetts Leap, overlooking the Grose Valley. There is a gentle walk to Govetts Leap from the Blue Mountains National Park Tourist Information centre and another which links the three, but is more strenuous and includes some climbing.
Blue Mountains accommodation here includes quaint bed & breakfasts, holiday properties, hotels, caravan parks, motels and resorts.
Main Photo: Blackheath: The Road Sign says Lovetts Leap with the Blue Mountains National Park Tourist Information centre to the left.
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