Obscured by undergrowth on a rock outcrop overlooking Megalong Valley are the vestiges of a flying fox, constructed in 1904 to ferry fresh produce from a farm on the valley floor to the famous hotel perched on the escarpment: the Hydro Majestic.
This ingenious device illustrates arguably the first ‘paddock to plate’ fine dining experience in Australia; and more than 110 years and many trends later, the Blue Mountains culinary scene has come full circle, with fresh, local produce presented with innovation and passion the key to an ever-evolving foodie scene.
“The Blue Mountains dining scene has truly arrived,” says Mary-Jane Craig, whose 20-year tenure at the helm of some of the area’s most acclaimed restaurants culminates in her latest venture, Blackheath’s Cinnabar.
“I would even venture to suggest it’s ‘post contemporary’ – vibrant, eclectic, generous and hospitable. There is a dining scene to suit every palate and pocket.”
Here are some of our favourite places to replenish after a bushwalk or serious scenery-gazing.