One-of-a-kind Arts, Culture & Historical Experiences in the Blue Mountains
Here are the best arts and culture experiences in the Blue Mountains, that have been kept a secret by the locals...until now!
Boasting dense landscapes of beautiful bushland, tumbling waterfalls, rugged rainforest and craggy sandstone cliffs, the Blue Mountains are a magnificent sight to behold. A natural wonder dotted with picturesque villages, each more charming than the next. Colonial homes sit next to modern shops, art galleries and live entertainment hubs, whilst the surrounding bushwalks lead through historic and culturally significant grounds.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied. And the best thing about taking a whole weekend in the Blue Mountains is that you can take your time with all of it. Embrace your arty side, savour the historic surroundings and get amongst the culture scene. This is our guide on how-to make the most of the Blue Mountains' arts and culture experiences.
Art Gallery Scene
For a culture fix, immerse yourself in the Blue Mountains’ thriving arts scene. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre has a rotating roster of exhibitions, while the heritage Norman Lindsay Gallery provides a retrospective of the acclaimed artist, and Lost Bear Gallery always showcases the best in Australian art. Braemar House and Gallery is a community art space with a monthly rotation of artists, Katoomba's Gallery ONE88 showcases everything from contemporary and indigenous works to performing arts, and Australian contemporary art specialists Day Gallery are currently exhibiting Life is Peachy by Claire Nakazawa.
The Aboriginal History & Heritage of the Blue Mountains
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is located within the Ngurra (Country) of the Darkinjung, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wanaruah and Wiradjuri peoples. Steeped in indigenous history, the Blue Mountains rich heritage is apparent in the architecture and community spirit. To view one of the best showcases of Aboriginal rock art in the region, head to Red Hands Cave. For a more extensive look into the history and flora and fauna of the region, stop into the National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre.
Discover the Old Mining Route at Ruined Castle
A popular five-hour hike in Katoomba, the Ruined Castle is more than just a rock formation, and one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Jamison Valley. Along the walk, when you enter the rainforest, you will discover a piece of history too. This track was a mining route back in the day, and the signs are still there. Take in the history, flora and fauna, before climbing the rock formation all the way to the top for the best panoramic views.
Even while you are sightseeing, you can experience the Blue Mountains' Street Art Walk. Sydney doesn’t have the monopoly on great local street art, in fact, the Blue Mountains have churned out some pretty impressive pieces as part of the Street Art Walk, displayed in Katoomba's Beverly Place. Expect world standard street art, covering all aerosol disciplines and a great mix of styles.
Beverly Place, Katoomba
This Glenbrook monument is the oldest stone arch bridge on the Australian mainland and was built in 1833 by unskilled convict labourer David Lennox. A connection with the past, the beautiful bridge also provides a good photo opportunity.
The Mt Vic Museum is the perfect spot to catch some culture and history with relics dating back decades, to bygone eras. They have a range of collections to admire, from textiles and music, to convict relics and tools, that both grown-ups and kids find absolutely fascinating.
35A Station Street, Mt Victoria
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