This weekend we headed up to the Blue Mountains for a few hours getaway. We didn’t leave until Saturday morning and were home just after lunch on Sunday so it might not really qualify as a weekend away – but we managed to pack lots in regardless.
First up was a visit to the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge in the lower Mountains. This was beautiful. I’d never been there before and can recommend it thoroughly. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know as much about Norman Lindsay as I could have and was very entertained by the hour long guided tour we got as part of our entry ticket. The gallery is in the house and grounds where Lindsay lived for much of his life and belongs to the National Trust.
The house is on 49 acres and there are a number of studios scattered around the grounds where Lindsay worked. One has been converted into a lovely cafe where we had great coffee and awesome organic fruit loaf.
Next stop was Wentworth Falls where we had lunch at Blue Mist, possibly my favourite cafe in the mountains. Downstairs is an ordinary looking cafe but upstairs there is an open fire, an enclosed verandah, squishy lounges and shelves and shelves full of second hand books for sale. It’s very cool.
Food was a bit of a recurring theme for the weekend – from a lovely-if-not-terribly-exciting dinner at a busy Katoomba Street restaurant (I forgot to write the name down) where the young staff were under pressure the whole evening and still managed to get everything right – to gourmet pies for lunch on Sunday at Bakehouse on Wentworth in Leura. We did do a bit of walking – I’ll leave that for another post.
We stayed at the beautiful Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. A stone’s throw from the railway station, it was built in 1884 and has been restored and refurbished in the past few years to something approaching its former glory. The staff were great, the room was lovely and breakfast was included – always a bonus!
We stayed in the Colonial Wing – it was all corridors and strange staircases and sudden unexpected spaces like this one:
We managed to fit in a trip to the Growers Market at Blackheath and still have time for some high street shopping in Katoomba and a quick look at the 3 Sisters before heading home.