Wedding Location Ideas: The Blue Mountains

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With its stunning scenery and rich cultural history, the Blue Mountains offers couples many magical locations for their special day. Ben Nour explores this magnificent region

Despite being only a convenient 90-minute drive from Sydney, the mountainous region of the Blue Mountains marks a unique and beautiful change of scenery from the urban environment of the city. From breathtaking gorges brimming with eucalyptus forest to extensive underground caverns made of limestone, the Blue Mountains promises countless wedding venues that you, your soon-to-be spouse and wedding guests will not be forgetting any time soon.

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, is a well-visited spot and with good reason. Covering 28 hectares, its colourful and vibrant gardens host thousands of different plant species. Venues at the garden include the Wedding Tree Terrace, which overlooks the Blue Mountains, and the Formal Garden, reminiscent of 17th-century European gardens. Looking for something different? Both above and below ground, the stunning Jenolan Caves are one of Australia’s most unique natural features. Hanging formations of pure crystal and underground pools of blue water can be found in the grottos, which form the world’s oldest open caves. Wedding venues include the limestone-walled Spectacular Cathedral Chamber, 52m high and able to host 100 people, and Blue Lake, where platypuses can be seen frolicking in the beautiful waters. Also on offer in this picturesque region is the Heritage-listed Carrington Hotel. Built in 1882, it has long been a part of Katoomba’s history. Be it traditional high tea in the Grand Dining Room, or the Old City Bank Brasserie for European meals, there are function rooms for every occasion including your wedding day.

Weddings in the Devils Coach House Cave at Jenolan

Also on offer in this picturesque region is the Heritage-listed Carrington Hotel. Built in 1882, it has long been a part of Katoomba’s history. Be it traditional high tea in the Grand Dining Room, or the Old City Bank Brasserie for European meals, there are function rooms for every occasion including, most importantly, your special day.

Top Outings for Visiting Guests

Echo Point Lookout
No trip to the Blue Mountains is complete without a visit to perhaps the most iconic feature of the region — the ancient rock formations known as The Three Sisters. As well as offering stunning views of The Three Sisters and beautiful Jamison Valley, Echo Point Lookout also links to The Giant Stairway, a 980-step trail that promises visitors an adventurous walk to the valley floor.

Wentworth Falls 
Take a step into the past by visiting Wentworth Falls, a picturesque town named after the nearby waterfall. Home to many historical buildings of the Victorian era, Wentworth Falls is most famous for its magnifi cent three-tier waterfall and sweeping views of the beautiful Australian bush.

Blue Mountains National Park
Off with the wedding attire and on with the hiking gear, the Blue Mountains National Park, a certifi ed World Heritage Area, features more than 140km of walking tracks, with several camping sites along the way. For a truly Aussie experience, immerse yourself in the beautiful bushland that is the Blue Mountains National Park.

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