Visit Megalong Valley from Katoomba

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Image by Liam Foster for Dryridge Estate,

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Why go to Megalong Valley?

Megalong Valley is a beloved area of natural beauty within the Blue Mountains, boasting vineyards and striking vistas. It's also home to the famous Six Foot Track, which stretches for over 44km, all the way from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. The Six Foot Track was initially a horse track and starts at the West of Katoomba at Explorer’s Tree, and descends through Nellies Glen rainforest to the Megalong Valley floor, where it passes through the old shale mine.

If you’re not quite ready to embark on a 3-day hike, Megalong Valley is a fantastic location where, as well as taking in the breathtaking scenery, you can explore local wineries, enjoy adventure activities and visit heritage sites, including the sensational Hydro Majestic Hotel.

What is there to do in Megalong Valley?

There are two delightful boutique vineyards in the valley, with great grapes and grazing plates to enjoy. If you’re into architecture and history, the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel is a fantastic 1.1km long heritage building which overlooks the entire valley.

If you like riding, you can visit the Megalong Valley Farm and embark on a horseback tour through the wilderness. There are also some lovely walking trails, including the Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, a charming short track through the rainforest where you’ll spot plenty of native birds. For scenic views you can visit Hargraves Lookout, at the end of Shipley Plateau.

What is there to see at the Hydro Majestic Hotel?

The Hydro Majestic Hotel has been open to tourists since 1904, and is a sight to behold. Marvel at the art deco grandeur of the absolutely massive building, including the Majestic Ballroom and Delmonte function rooms. Take in fabulous views from the Winter Garden, which is open for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, and explore The Salon du The, an opulent dining room which leads into the Cats Alley - which was originally built as a ladies' lounge - and the Billiard Room.

Which wineries can I visit in Megalong Valley?

Megalong Creek Estate is a charming family-run vineyard which we have personally visited and loved. The grapes are hand-picked and the family make a small yet tasty variety of 'Single Vineyard' wines include Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Their unique and quirky cellar door is actually comprised of a re-purposed shipping container and a barn and you can sip your wines while overlooking the vines in the valley as the alpacas graze nearby.

Dryridge Estate is also a wonderful experience, where you can enjoy Shiraz, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and more, accompanied by fresh cheeses and charcuterie boards on long picnic-style tables, as you gaze out at the towering sandstone escarpments of the valley. You can also pet the cows and sheep on site too!

How long do I need in the valley?

We’d definitely recommend you take the entire day as there’s so much to see and explore, the lunch spots and wineries are top-notch and there are more than a few must-see vistas.

When is the best time to go?

Megalong Valley is an ideal place to visit year round.

Where to eat nearby?

There are several restaurants within the Hydro Majestic Hotel including the Boiler House Restaurant, the Winter Garden, and The Salon du The. You can also enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch at Megalong Valley Farm or you could opt for a Ploughman's Lunch platter at Dryridge Estate with your wine tasting.

We also recommend stopping off for a morning or afternoon tea at Megalong Valley Tearooms, an adorable venue which has been operating since 1956, where you can indulge in an old-fashioned Devonshire tea with scones and clotted cream, as well as pies, lamingtons and more. 

How do I get to Megalong Valley from Katoomba?

It’s just a quick 25-minute scenic drive from Careel Cottages to Megalong Valley, via Blackheath. Another option is to take the Megalong Valley Shuttle Bus straight from Katoomba station. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, the road takes you directly via The Hydro Majestic Hotel and The Megalong Valley Tearooms to the cellar doors.

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What are some other day trips I can take in the Blue Mountains?

If you like scenic beauty and heritage buildings you might also enjoy a trip to the Jenolan Caves and/or Mayfield Garden. You can also check out the Glow Worm Tunnel Walking Track if you're after something a bit different. There are some beautiful hikes listed in our Best Blue Mountains Walks guide too. Enjoy.

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For more useful information that will help you plan your stay, we invite you to take a look at our Visiting the Blue Mountains FAQ guide, which will help you plan when to come, what to wear, where to stay and more.