With the stunning backdrop of the Grose Valley and plentiful walking tracks that meander through forests of blue gum and trace lines along bubbling creeks – weekends are well spent in the picturesque area of Blackheath. It’s a warm-hearted community that fosters creativity and favours good food. You could spend weeks exploring all that Blackheath has to offer, but in one weekend you can still get the best of the area, fuelled by great coffee and the crisp, cool mountain air.
We outline our recommendations for how to spend an ideal weekend in Blackheath.
8:30am Grab a pastry or danish from Bakehouse on Wentworth and then start the morning with a coffee from Anonymous at Gleebooks. Doors open at 8am and with cup in hand, you can peruse the shelves stacked with well-loved covers. As far as we’re considered, book buying is always guilt free shopping, and the staff here are wonderful with recommendations.
Grab a coffee at Anonymous and peruse the shelves at Glebe Books
10am Just next door is the Victory Theatre Antiques Centre. You can while away the morning hours here, picking through antiques and discovering covetable homewares. Be sure to scope out their jewellery collection too, for one-off art deco pieces and vintage treasures.
Hunting for antiques or perusing the seedlings at the growers’ market on Sundays
11am Take morning tea at the Logan Brae Apple Orchards on Shipley Road. This is one of our favourite spots in the mountains! With spectacular views over the escarpment and across the Kanimbla Valley, sip on piping-hot spiced apple juice with a slice of their heartwarming apple pie. Before you leave, grab a bushel of crispy apples for the drive home.
12pm Venture back into town for browsing Station Street Store and Twig Blackheath for handmade ceramics and textiles.
Beautiful pottery and Art Deco details at Station Street Store
1pm Your first lunch in Blackheath has to be at Anonymous. It’s the preferred spot for good coffee in town and their menu offers seasonal fare with local produce with housemade cheese and condiments.
3pm A visit to Blackheath wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Evans Lookout and if you’re feeling energetic, taking the 6km scenic walk along the Grand Canyon Track.
7pm No cooking tonight – dinner at Fumo. With a distinct Japanese influence and cultivating for a umami palate, there are plenty of vegetarian options and an all-too-tempting dessert menu.
Day Fine Gallery and Fumo
8am Back to Anonymous to try their breakfast menu this time. We’re not going to lie; we love this place and the coffee is unrivalled. There’s always a good vibe in the mornings too.
10am If you time your stay right, you might make the Blackheath Growers’ Market which is on the second Sunday of every month and a good chance to bag some local produce and one-off homemade goodies. Also pop by the Bakehouse on Wentworth and pick up some pies for dinner before they sell out.
10:30am Stroll up the road to visit Day Fine Gallery where you can appreciate the works of some of Australia’s most revered artists, as well as a curated collection of contemporary pieces from local artists and photographers.
It’s a warm-hearted community that fosters creativity and favours good food.
1pm Sunday lunch at Altitude Delicatessen. A very relaxed little eatery that’s popular with climbers. Great for sandwiches, wraps and focaccias on the go, with a bunch of vegetarian options and other lighter meals too.
3pm Nap Time, I mean you’re on holidays after all. Sunday afternoons are for falling gently asleep in front of the fire after thumbing through a good book.
5pm Wake up slow and rug up to head out for a sunset stroll along the Fairfax Heritage Walk.
Get in touch with nature on the Fairfax Heritage Walk
6pm Return home for an early, cosy dinner. All you’ll need to do is pop the pies you picked up earlier from Bakehouse in the oven and toss together some winter greens you may have bagged at the market.