Things to Do

There are a host of things to do and see around the villages - walks, historical buildings, picnics, camping and lookouts over spectacular wilderness areas.

Both villages are very small and can be easily accessed by foot or a short car trip. We encourage you to explore at a leisurely pace and kindly ask that you leave nothing but footprints, and take nothing but photographs.

Picnic areas abound at Mt Wilson. You can choose between open parks, sheltered areas, seats and tables, and shelter sheds

Founders Corner

Picnic tables and benches and toilets at the intersection of The Avenue and Mt Irvine Rd.

Gregson Park

Links the bottom end of Waterfall Road and Wyndham Avenue.

Sloan Reserve

Shaded area near Ferny Corner on The Avenue

Wynne Reserve

Open area with good views which is adjacent to St Georges Church on Church Lane near The Avenue

Waterfall Reserve

Just down the end of Waterfall Rd. Shelter shed and toilet. Waterfall Walk through the rainforest is a must, about 1 hour.

Cathedral Reserve

BBQs, picnic benches, toilets and a shelter shed on Mt Irvine Rd towards Mt Irvine, about 1km from the centre of the village

Happy Valley

Shelter shed on Mt Irvine Rd about 2km from the villge centre. Try the Happy Valley Walk, approximately 1 hour from the picnic area.

Silva Plana

At the top of the Zig Zag just as you enter the village. Established as a sports field with good space for games. Toilets and picnic tables are available

Please only use the BBQ facilities at Cathedral Reserve. Lighting a BBQ at other places throughout the village presents a potential fire hazard.

 

 

Camping - Cathedral Reserve.

This is an unofficial camping area. There is water and toilets, but no showers. There are barbecues, the only ones available in the villages, but wood is not supplied. Shelter sheds and picnic tables and seats are located there. It is the end point of the Village Walk, which starts from Breenhold. Here is more info about Cathedral Reserve.

Users are reminded to securely lock up any valuables during their stay.

Please only use the BBQ facilities at Cathedral Reserve. Lighting a BBQ at other places throughout the village presents a potential fire hazard.

Dogs are allowed in the Mt Wilson Village and at Cathedral Reserve, however dogs are not allowed in the National Park adjacent to the reserve and village. So walks around the village are ok providing they are not into the National Park.

A short walk (10 minutes) through the Cathedral of Ferns can be found nearby.

Enjoy a beautiful day out in a unique area of the Blue Mountains

Mt Wilson Spring Blossom Festival 

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September 2017

10am to 4pm

 

Our Spring Blossom Festival is a dramatic show of colour and beauty across eight superb local gardens – Bisley, Breenhold, Carmarthen (Sat. only), Hawthorn Hill (Sun. only), Merry Garth, Nooroo, Sefton Cottage, and Withycombe –set against a backdrop of the Blue Mountains National Park and rainforest.

All-garden pass for the weekend online price $30. 

Book by midnight Thursday 21 September to obtain the special Early-Bird price at www.trybooking.com/pcyw

Exchange your Trybooking ticket for a wrist band at the Festival for speedy entry to all gardens.

At the Festival, All-garden weekend pass $40.

Single entry at garden gates $10 (cash only).

Children under 12 free.

The Village Hall will showcase a painting, photography and sculpture exhibition with works inspired by Mount  Wilson and the surrounding area, its gardens and byways, landscape and adventure. Photography and painting prizes will be awarded and all works are for sale. Gold coin entry

Delicious home cooked food  and a sausage sizzle available both days (cash only)

Browse the gift shop for hand made cards and delightful printed items

Click here for open garden descriptions.  Click here for a map of the area. Hard copies will also be available at the Festival 

For those wishing to exhibit in the Art Exhibition and Prize, please contact Bev Woodman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All profit for the Mt Wilson/Mt Irvine Rural Fire Brigade

 

This unique heritage listed building is situated within the Wynstay Estate at the end of The Avenue, Mount Wilson. It was the one of the first properties to be established in Mount Wilson, as early as 1875, by Mr Richard Wynne who also established the Wynne Landscape & Sculpture Prize in 1895.

The building was in use for a few years for its initial purpose, as a Turkish Bath, but now partly restored it houses a museum of local history operated by the Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine Historical Society.

The building itself is very stylish, featuring many original features including arched windows of stained and hand painted glass. It has exterior walls of polychrome brickwork with Italianate decoration and an elaborate turret with cast iron finials and roof decoration.

The wrought iron gate to the Museum area was recently made by Scott Leonard, a local resident and metalworker.

The museum regularly holds exhibitions about the history of Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine and its interesting personalities.

The Turkish Bath Museum page has more details of this fascinating building including opening dates. Booked tours can be arranged at any time via the Society’s email address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Simple safety precautions that should be undertaken before and during any moderate to long walk in the Upper Blue Mountains are described  pdf Think before you trek brochure (503 KB) .

If you are attempting a more ambitious walk in the surrounding national parks, please understand that weather conditions in the Blue Mountains are likely to change rapidly. All walkers should be aware of the possibility of heavy rain, fog and the likelihood of a rapid rise in water levels on all rivers and streams. Walkers and canyoners are strongly advised to take extra food and warm gear as it is possible to be stranded. No one should attempt these walks without an experienced person as part of the group. A rescue beacon, EPIRB or similar equipment is also strongly recommended. As noted above, mobile phones DO NOT work in most areas and should not be relied upon.

Mount Banks

Walls Lookout & Rigby Hill

Pierce's Pass to the Grose Valley

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Picking your own walnuts and chestnuts is a fun activity for the family or just the opportunity to find fresh high quality nuts for eating or cooking. There are two seasons for walnuts. The green walnut season is in December and some properties are open, so you can use this special product for your own favourite family recipes. During the main season in autumn at both Mt Irvine and Mt Wilson, several properties open during March and April each year for mature ripe walnuts and chestnuts and they invite people to visit and pick their own nuts.

So, come and pick your own walnuts and chestnuts. There are established nut orchards with large, good quality, fresh chestnuts and walnuts. Chestnuts need gloves to pick up the spiky shells which have fallen to the ground, and break them open to get the chestnuts. Walnuts are just picked from the ground.

Drive around the villages and look for signs outside properties where you can pick nuts. Some properties are regulars each season and other properties advertise only when they have nuts available for picking.

The regular properties open each season are in the table below. It is a good idea to call first and check when they are open.