We all know that Sydney is known for its summers. The endless golden beaches, outdoor bars, coffee shops, and restaurants, enchanting bays have made this city so famous. But don’t fret just because the weather has cooled down and winter is setting in, there are so many winter destinations around Sydney.
Bilpin is a beautiful small town, located on the western fringes of the Blue Mountains. Surrounded by quaint countryside, cool climate, larger than life landscapes, this pretty little town on the Bells Line of Road 90 minutes from the CBD has long been known as Sydney’s fruit bowl, producing stone fruit, figs, persimmons, pears, blueberries, and chestnuts, as well as several varieties of apples. Whilst the rest of the world may flock to Bilpin between January to May, I recommend you to visit ( and stay) in Bilpin during the cooler months of Autumn and winter.
- Bilpin is located so close to home, yet makes you feel like you have entered a winter fairyland, far far away!
- You will fall in love with the luxurious and cozy stays in Bilpin located amidst lush landscapes
- Experience country life in its purest form- with cool mountain chill, warm winter sun, singing of birds and azure winter skies.
- Bilpin is a good place to stay if you are looking to explore the nearby Blue Mountains
- If you are looking for a weekend destination to suit entire family, then Bilpin is the place to head to.
- Two main attractions, Waratah Native Garden and the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens(Mount Tomah) are only a few kilometers from Bilpin on Bells Line of Road.
- Bilpin looks colorful and vibrant, especially during the month of May when Autumn sets in.
How to reach:
Bilpin is located 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney, on the Bells Line of Road between Richmond and Lithgow.
Where to Stay:
There are a number of B&Bs, luxury homes, and cabins near Bilpin, that you can choose from.
Bilpin has some lovely homes up for rent, for all those looking for that perfect winter getaway in a luxurious cozy home with a warm fireplace. You can search on Stayz or Airbnb. If you have a bigger group of people traveling with you, you will get better options to choose from. I would recommend you stay at least 2nights to experience the beauty of Bilpin and around. I stayed at Maples, a luxurious and cozy 4 bedroom home with lush meadows to wake up to, warm fireplace, a home theatre, and a well set up kitchen.
Did you know? :
- Bilpin on Bell’s Line of Road east of the town of Bell was originally named ‘Belpin’ after Archibald Bell Jr, who, in 1823 when he was only nineteen, crossed the Blue Mountains and was suitably honored by having the town named after him.
- This area had been occupied by the Dharug Aboriginal people for an estimated 40,000 years before Europeans arrived.
- It is believed that the first European to reach the area was the former convict Matthew Everingham who in 1795, with Reed and Ramsay, set out to explore and find a way over the mountains.
- When goldfields were discovered in Bathurst, that is when Bells lines of road was used the most to reach Bathurst from Sydney.
Have you been to Bilpin? Please do share your experiences with me in comments!