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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Faulconbridge
1.20 hours 77km
Canberra to Faulconbridge
4.50 hours 320km
Closest Capital City:
Sydney 77 kms
Closest Airport:
Sydney 87 kms
Elev: 447m
Activities: Picnicking, Canoeing, Bush walking, garden viewing
 
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About Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge is nestled in the Blue Mountains surrounded by the Blue Mountains world heritage listed national park.

Faulconbridge is famous for its bushwalks, the burial site of Sir Henry Parkes (the father of Australia's Federation) and for the home of the famous Australian artist Norman Lindsay.

The area was first explored in May 1813 by Wentworth, Blaxland and Lawson during their crossing of the Blue Mountains. Then in 1877 Sir Henry Parkes moved into the area, bought 600 acres and built Faulconbridge House for which the township is named.

Places to see

Faulconbridge Cemetery
Located in Sir Henry Parkes Drive opposite the railway station the cemetery is home to Sir Henry Parkes grave. The plaque on the railing surrounding his grave provides a short biography of his life including the fact that he was the Father of Australian Federation and five times Prime Minister of New South Wales.

Faulconbridge Point Lookout
Although difficult to access it is well worth the 6 km drive along the dirt road at the end the Grose Road.

Norman Lindsay's House
Norman Lindsay's house has been converted into an art gallery and museum and is one of the Blue Mountains most popular attractions. Lindsay purchased the 17 hectare property in 1912. Over the years the property became popular as an artist and writers retreat. Now owned by the National Trust, the gardens have been beautifully preserved.

Prime Ministers' Corridor of Oaks
Running between Springwood and Faulconbridge is Sir Henry's Parade. The Prime Ministers' Corridor of Oaks is located on Sir Henry's Parade in Jackson Park. In 1933 Joseph Jackson, a Member of the NSW Parliament, gave the park to the local council. The idea of the park is to have every Australian Prime Minister, plant an oak tree.

Climate

The spring air is fresh and crisp with the average temperature around 15 degrees Celsius.

Summer brings warm days with the occasional cool night. The temperature in the mountains ranges from cool and damp on the forest floors to hot and dry on the plateaus. The summer temperature averages 22 degrees.

Autumn is a wonderful time in the Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of autumn leaves.

During winter the region receives the occasional snowfall turning it into a magical winter playground. The temperature at night can drop as low as -8 degrees Celsius and can rise to a maximum of 18 degrees during the day. The average temperature for winter is 10 degrees.

Mountain weather can be unpredictable and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared for all conditions as one may experience quite rapid changes in weather, regardless of the season.

Getting there

By Car
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached either

  • via Great Western Highway (M4). This is the most direct route and it is only a 90-minute drive from Sydney to the centre of the Blue Mountains region; or
  • 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.

By Train
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Faulconbridge takes approximately 1.5 hours. Trains to Central station can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.

By Coach
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.

Accommodation

Faulconbridge offers a range of accommodation including charming cosy guesthouses, cottages and luxurious bed and breakfasts.

More information

Tourism Blue Mountains http://www.bluemountainstourism.org.au

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