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.

This church is located in The Avenue and is part of the Blackheath Parish. Services are held on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00 p.m. All visitors are welcome. Information on The Anglican Parish of Blackheath is here and enquiries can be made to the minister, Tim McIver on 0425 285 295.

Donations to the St Georges Anglican Church Repair & Maintenance fund should be direct deposited to BSB: 112879,  Account: 046483749. Donations to the Parish  of Blackheath should be deposited to BSB: 112879, Account: 046518471. 

St Georges Church was built in 1915 as a memorial to Henry Marcus Clark by his family. Henry Marcus Clark bought the property Balangra in 1910, after moving much of the original house to where Sefton Cottage now stands, he built a new home, naming it Sefton Hall.

Land for the church was donated by Richard Owen Wynne, of Wynstay, one of the first properties to be established on Mt Wilson. Cliff O'Rourke and Albert Kirk, using a bullock team, cleared massive trees and thick undergrowth on the site. They were directed not to damage the tree ferns, with the result that many of them are standing today in the churchyard. Cliff's horse team was used to transport the building materials from the railway at Bell. Fibro, the new wonder material imported from England and France, was chosen for its qualities of lightness and ease of construction. One of the builders working at Sefton Hall undertook to build the church, and as he was quite elderly, Albert Kirk helped by doing the high work such as nailing the roof timbers. As this was the time of the First World War, many Australian men were fighting overseas, including three older Kirk brothers, however Albert's weak chest prevented him from enlisting.

Timber battens were used to cover joins in the fibro walls, and the roof was also made of fibro, cut into tiles, painted and then carefully nailed in place. The structural timbers are Oregon from North America and the roof is lined with Baltic pine from northern Europe. The windows, it is thought, were made in Sydney, while the pressed metal surrounds at the base of the building were popular at the time as a cheaper imitation of sandstone.

The organ originally stood halfway down the church on the right hand side. In the 1970s the present organ was donated by the Wentworth Falls Anglican Church and placed in its present position. This is an American organ and although quite old, is one of the best of its type. It was restored in 1994.

St Georges was consecrated in 1916, and was served for many years by the Rector of Mt Victoria and Hartley Parish. One or sometimes two services were held each month, with an occasional christening or wedding. The Rector would quite often visit the folk living here, arriving with the mailman, or later in a hire car, and then walking around the village on foot. People still speak with great warmth of the Reverend Dorph, who in the 1930s and 40s provided understanding, humour, compassion and learning as he visited the people of this rather isolated community. In the 1960s the boundaries were altered so that Mt Victoria and Mt Wilson were included in the Parish of Blackheath.

In the grounds, members of the village have been buried over the years. Some of the graves date back to the 1920s with descendants of the original families buried here.

Plaques beneath the trees are for ashes of a number of past residents of the village.

Today the congregation is made up of a small group from the Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine communities. These local people maintain and care for the church, the garden and grounds. It is open on the second Sunday of each month, and at other times on request.

 

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.

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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

 

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.

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.

 

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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.