Updated: Mar 22
Where to Save and Where to Splurge
In less than 2 hours from Sydney, but a world away, the Blue Mountains is the perfect romantic getaway to reignite your senses and relax your soul with your special someone without breaking the bank.
Cosy, double rooms with Mountains charm
The no.1 savvy move? Save on accommodation so you can spend more on experiences. No.14 Lovel St is a unique hostel & private guesthouse. Highly rated by travellers from all walks of life, this hidden gem is the savvy traveller’s choice in the Blue Mountains. Cosy, double rooms with Mountains charm for less than $100 a night? Yes, please! Always book direct as well for the best price guarantee at No.14.
So with somewhere comfy to lay your head, here are six more savvy tips to making romantic memories this Summer…and make use of your NSW Dine & Discover/Stay/Parents vouchers, too ;)
“Just an amazing place in the heart of Katoomba!! This place is nice and cosy, with the whole Blue Mountains style.”
Stargazing in the Blue Mountains
You’ll have stars in your eyes when you book a Stargazing Blue Mountains tour, With 2 tours per night, at 830pm & 10pm (Summer time), Astrophysicist Dimitri Douchin, PhD and his partner Caroline will be your hosts on this 90min voyage into space. At just $170 for two, they can also accept your NSW Discover vouchers until June 30, 2022. Operating Friday, Saturday, Sunday and every night during NSW school holidays.
“My partner and I live in Sydney and regularly come here on weekends ... highly recommend staying here. Much nicer than a hostel and more affordable :)”
Book an upstairs double room at No.14 Lovel St and you’ll have a romantic sunrise view from your room. Ease into the day with a cuppa and enjoy your front row seat.
All guests can enjoy the sunrise from No.14’s deck as well. Then it’s decision time. Back to bed, or get up and out there into the day?
You could head out to nearby sunrise spots Three Sisters and Elysian Rock by foot or car. Minutes by car, but allow an extra 35min to get to there by foot. Sublime Point is another breathtaking spot. By foot might be too early a start for you, but by car it’s less than 10min.
Our other personal favourite (by car) is at Govett’s Leap Lookout in Blackheath. An easily accessible lookout, 16min drive from No.14 and you park right at the lookout. No car? Get a taxi to your sunrise spot with Katoomba Taxis. (We can arrange this for you too).
Make a picnic breakfast in the kitchen at No.14 before you go, enjoy the sunrise and then maybe head over to park at Evans Lookout in Blackheath and get an early start on the Grand Canyon loop walk. It never disappoints!
If you’re more adventurous, get an even earlier start and be prepared to walk through the dark to a breathtaking spot like Hanging Rock at Blackheath.
“You can feel the love put into this place.”
No worries wine tasting
Megalong Valley Wine Trail is a wonderful way to while away four hours. Leave the driving worries behind and be chauffeured both in and out of the Megalong Valley aboard the Megalong Valley Shuttle bus by Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. Enjoy relaxing in the Megalong Valley with time to do wine tastings at each of the wineries (a 5min stroll between them). $98 for two for the shuttle. You can use NSW Discover vouchers – make sure you let them know when you book.
Sip single vineyard wines at Megalong Creek Estate Vineyard. Soak up the stunning valley views as resident alpacas graze before a backdrop of the towering sandstone escarpment. FREE tastings of all the current vintage wines listed. You can also enjoy a grazing plate of Mudgee cheeses, fruit, olives & crackers (booked ahead) - $20 for two. Over at Dryridge Estate, book a wine tasting $20 for two, and we can recommend their Cheese & Charcuterie Board - $35 for two.
“The right place for a quick getaway from Sydney”
Three Sisters Sunset & Night Lit Walk
The iconic Three Sisters are a must do, from sunrise to sunset. Add in romantic twist with a Night Lit Walk. Allowing about 30mins before sunset (730pm in Summer), you can walk from the Three Sisters at Echo Point to Katoomba Cascades, along Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The Night Lit Walk floodlights come on at dusk to showcase Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades. At certain vantage points you can also see the Three Sisters lit up. Walks are the most well-known reason people come to the Blue Mountains. Click here for our Big 4 Blue Mountains Bushwalks guide.
“The perfect accompaniment for a mountain retreat.”
Cocktails & Dinner
There are bars & restaurants of every persuasion in the Blue Mountains. Some of our favourites range from classic locations like The Carrington Hotel’s Champagne Charlie’s bar with its iconic leadlight dome and Grand Dining Room, laneway gem Polar Bear Leura, to the retro Avalon upstairs at the old Savoy Theatre. NSW Dine vouchers may also be OK to use. Check with the venue when you book.
“…all the personal touches made it super special.”
Blue Mountains Picnics
Create a special memory with Blue Mountains Picnics. They have a range of options. Including equipment and set up at a ‘secret’ location, a 2 hour picnic for 2 people, and they do the cleaning and pack up! You can opt for the BYO version ($242) where you BYO additional food & beverages; to the gourmet picnic ($385) to design your own gourmet grazing platter, and choose 2 types of complimentary beverages; to the BIG one.. the Proposal Picnic ($550) with VIP service. You can also use your NSW Discover vouchers.
Book direct now for best price guarantee
Plan your romantic getaway. Book your room at No.14 Lovel St direct and save with our best price guarantee!
(02) 4782 7104