Mount Blackheath Lookout Blue Mountains
Are you a creature of habit?
When I love something, I can eat it, drink it, visit it, listen to it, swim in it (I realise that sounds strange as I type it!) every day, and not get sick of it.
This habitual behaviour of mine even extends to traveling.
My parents have been taking me to Australia’s Blue Mountains since I was a toddler. It’s the first place I ever remember seeing snow. Though, back in the mid 80s, this snow was quite paltry – nothing compared to the European like snow the Blue Mountains has been copping in recent years.
In the Upper Mountains, I like the Scenic Railway as a tourist destination.
For a good bush walk, I do the Giant Stairway to the Three Sisters, walk the few kilometres along the valley floor, and catch the cable car back up to the top.
For dinner, I go to the Avalon in Katoomba, and for drinks my friends and I go to the Carrington or Station Bar.
I rarely deviate outside this routine in the Blue Mountains.
Luckily, my parents like to try out new things. On a semi-recent visit to Blackheath with North Nomad and I, they took us out to a lookout they’d been to. They’d found it one bitterly cold winter’s day, sat down with sandwiches on the lookout, and had a picnic.
(And if you’re one of our American or Canadian readers – yes, Australia does get bitterly cold! Even before it started uncharacteristically snowing to rival Chicago or Toronto, Blackheath has always been, as one of my best friends once said, “as cold as a witch’s tit”.)
Located on the western side of the railway tracks, Mount Blackheath Lookout is frequented by the Blue Mountains Hang-gliding Club. From their ramps, you get an amazing vantage point of the beautiful Shipley Valley below. These are the sorts of views that make me really miss Australia. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We went and had lunch at The Gardiner’s Inn at Blackheath after our visit to Mount Blackheath Lookout. But if it’s a beautiful sunny day, it’s worth packing a picnic lunch, some nice local ciders (my favourite is the vegan friendly Hillbilly Pear Cider – and no this is not a paid ad!), and sunning yourself over Shipley Valley.
Address: Mount Blackheath Road, Megalong NSW 2785, Australia
Getting there: From the Great Western Highway, turn west into Shipley Road at Blackheath and follow the signs.