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Wildside Sanctuary - Eco Couples Retreat - Hawkesbury - Blue Mountains

Scenic Drives

Wildside Sanctuary - Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains - Wildwood Garden sculptures

Wildwood Garden

Our recommendation for a scenic drive is Powells Road (about 5 km west of Bilpin on your left) - it is a gardeners paradise and you can also visit the truly spectacular Wildwood Garden in spring and autumn. Check their open season dates on Facebook.

Wildside Sanctuary - Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains - Wollemi National Park

Skyline Road

A few kms further west along Bells Line of Road (just past the entrance to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens) is the aptly named Skyline Road on your right. You will see spectacular plunging valley views across to Blue Mountains National Park as well as glimpses of some magnificent properties.

Wildside Sanctuary - Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains - Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens

Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens

Around a 15 minute drive west of Bilpin. It is a lovely stroll around their famous gardens and rare plant collection. No entry fee but a donation on arrival is appreciated. Café on site with breathtaking views.

Wildside Sanctuary - Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains - Burralow Creek Fire Trail

Burralow Creek Fire Trail to Bulcamatta Falls

This drive starts from Bells Line of Road, the turn off is just past the Bilpin Fruit Bowl and is on your right when you are heading east. The road is signposted. You will initially drive through the Devils Wilderness and then down into the valley floor where sign posts will direct you to the camp grounds. From there you can take a hike to the waterfall, it is green and lush and at night a place for spotting glow worms. The return hike is less than 3 km. The road then continues on through a much more lush landscape with beautiful views, and eventually delivers you to Kurrajong Heights. You can then return to Bilpin along Bells Line of Road. Allow half a day if you are planning the drive and hike.

Wildside Sanctuary - Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains - Zig Zag Railway

The Zig Zag Railway

An Australian heritage railway, situated near Lithgow, operated around the turn of the 19th Century. Defunct in 1910 It was re-opened in 1975 by the not-for-profit Zig Zag Railway Co-op as an unpaid volunteer-staffed heritage railway. More recently it suffered in the severe 2019 bushfires and in 2023 has just reopened. This is a great opportunity to visit the era of steam trains and support the hard work of the volunteers who have literally put their blood, sweat and tears into restoring this historic gem. Approx 45-50 minute drive west of Bilpin.