If you’re thinking of a day trip to the Blue Mountains with kids, here are some fun places to stop off with the tribe.
WHERE: 21 Great Western Hwy, Blaxland
This wonderful teddy bear shop will keep the kids busy for ages, exploring the various different teddies, animal and other special toys on offer. There are specialty bears for occasions such as birthday bears, birth bears, Christening bears and more. Be prepared to come home with a new special friend – this lovely shop is way too tempting to just pop in for a look.
WHERE: Park Ave, Blackheath
This playground is well worth a visit! There’s a lot of play equipment spread out across the entire park including the famous rocket ship climbing frame and slide. There’s some Heritage Playground Equipment built by a Blue Mountains artist, there’s toddler play and play equipment suitable for older kids. There’s plenty of room for a picnic and in summer – the local pool is right next door!
WHERE: Emu Rd, Lapstone
We love taking the kids on bushwalks in the Blue Mountains. There are so many wonderful walks suitable for kids and families, and one of our favourites is Bluff Reserve. There are two lookouts on this trail, and you can choose between two walks – one short 10-minute walk and one 45 minute walk, or do both!
Lolly Bug lolly shop
WHERE: 2297 Great Western Hwy, Little Hartley
This lolly shop is so jam-packed with sweets and goodies from all over the world, you won’t be able to walk out empty-handed. There’s jars of spreadable Crunchie, giant freckles, international sweets and lollies from everywhere you can imagine and more! The iconic Lolly Bug VW Beetle is parked out the front so you can’t miss it when you’re driving up the highway.
WHERE: 200 Springwood Rd, Yarramundi
Trees Adventure is an action-packed day of fun for the whole tribe. Situated in Grose River Park in Yarramundi, there are different courses for all levels so there is something to suit everyone. Get harnessed up and learn the ropes, climbing along rope bridges, zip-lining to platforms in the trees and enjoy the circuits! This is a fun activity for an adventurous tribe.
WHERE: 15 Grahame St, Blaxland
Wascoe Siding miniature railway is a fun day out in the Mountains for the kids. Running on the first Sunday of each month excluding January, kids can jump on the miniature train and take three laps of the park including two trips through the tunnel. There are two tracks so it doesn’t take long until a train ride becomes available again. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes or you can’t ride.
Wentworth Falls Lake Playground
WHERE: 29/31 Sinclair Cres, Wentworth Falls
We just love this playground but one of the biggest reasons we love it is there are two different play areas to explore. The Pirate Ship is, of course, the iconic play space, in a waterfront position, surrounded by grass and ample picnic space. Then wander down the pathway (or scoot there if you brought your scooter) to the second playground, which has swings, monkey bars, slides, bridges, fireman’s poles and more. There are also ducks at Wentworth Falls Lake Playground who love to see little visitors.
WHERE: Cliff Drive, Katoomba
If you want to be a tourist for a day in the Blue Mountains, then take the tribe to visit Scenic World in Katoomba. With breathtaking views of the iconic Three Sisters, and the Megalong Valley, you can take the Scenic Express down into the valley, wander around the Scenic Walkway then take the Scenic Cableway back up. There is also the Skyway which has panoramic views of the Blue Mountains.
WHERE: Park St, Glenbrook
This fun new playground has lots of different equipment for younger kids to explore. There’s a climbing tower with fireman’s pole, swings, small slides, scooter paths, a water play area and plenty of space for a picnic. There is a stage 2 playground coming soon for older kids so stay tuned to find out what that will include!
WHERE: 56 Waratah St, Katoomba
This cafe is a bit iconic in Katoomba and worth popping in for a bite to eat if you’re in the area. Inside you will find a gingerbread house in the middle of the cafe, full of lollies, ice cream, and other sweets. Outside there is a cute little play area with a cubby house and climbing equipment to keep the kids busy while you wait for your meals. There’s even a community library if you want to bring a book along and swap it over.