Bilpin is a quaint rural area located
on the Bells Line of Road. Known for its
orchards and fruit and vegetable stalls all along
the side of the road they offer visitors all local
of stone fruit in season and autumn apples.
Archibald Bell made the first
journey along what is now known as Bells Line of
Road in 1823. In his diary Archibald Bell reported
the richness of the
soil in the Bilpin area which inevitably led to the
arrival of settlers eager to grow fruit trees in
the area. In 1851 gold was found near Bathurst and
Bells Line of Road became the main route for gold
prospectors to cross the mountains in search of their
Local Produce and Crafts
Bilpin is well known for its orchards. Most have roadside stalls selling beautiful
fresh apples and stone fruit along with home made apple pies, jams, local honey
and Bilpin Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar. There are are also several
small artist studios scattered around Bilpin with metalwork, ceramics, art,
opals and woodwork on display.
Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
Mount Tomah hosts
one of the Blue Mountains'
major tourist attractions, the ‘Mount Tomah
Botanic Garden’. The gardens feature more than
5000 cool climate plants within 28 hectares. As well
as the spectacular views and extensive cool climate
plant range, Mt Tomah Botanical
Gardens is now famous for its display of Wollemi
Pines. The prehistoric Wollemi Pine dates back about
150 million years.
The balcony of the visitors' centre offers
one of New South Wales most most spectacular views.
It is located 12 km west of
Waratah Native Garden
The Waratah Native Garden is located about 5 kilometres west of Warawaralong.
Frank Stone planted numerous native shrubs and was particularly interested
in growing waratahs from seed. In 1967 he gave his garden to the Blue Mountains
National Park authority.
Bilpin has moderate summer temperatures
with the summer high temperature for Bilpin approximately
29 °c and the summer low temperature approximately
16 °c. The winters are also fairly mild.
The winter high temperature for Bilpin is approximately
17 °c the winter low temperature is approximately
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached
- Via Great Western Highway
(M4). This is the most direct and it is only
a 90-minute drive from Sydney to the centre of
the Blue Mountains region
- Via the Bells Line of Road through
Windsor and Richmond. This road was named after
the explorer Archibald Bell, who navigated the
route in 1823
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's
Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Mt
Victoria takes approximately 2 hours. Trains to Central
station can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.
Transport such as a taxi is then required from the
Mt Victoria train station.
Several coach companies offer services to the Blue Mountains. There are also
shuttle services available from Sydney Airport and the Sydney Metropolitan
Area to and from all Blue Mountains accommodation.
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