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Blue Mountains weekend itinerary: culture vulture

Head to the Blue Mountains for a weekend of art, theatre and great food as part of Sculpture at Scenic World
Sculpture at Scenic World
Artwork: Ian Swift, Extreme Rodeo (2015) Image: Keith Maxwell
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The Blue Mountains have been attracting artists for a very long time, drawn by its spectacular landscapes and tranquil atmosphere. A visit in autumn is a pilgrimage many art lovers make, these days attracted by Sculpture at Scenic World (Apr 13-May 13), the evocative outdoor exhibition now in its seventh year. Why not plan an itinerary that takes in the very best cultural experiences the mountains have to offer, including the Norman Lindsay Gallery and the new show at the Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah?


at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
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Things to do

3pm Sculpture Otherwise at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World in 2018, and will be shown in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba. The indoor exhibition provides an opportunity for  the public to purchase works by Australian and international artists.

The sun sets over the roof of Lilianfels Resort and Spa
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6pm Dine at Darley's Restaurant

Multi award-winning Darley's consistently delivers quality, creativity and hospitality in a heritage-listed formal dining room, showcasing local produce in a Modern Australian à la carte and degustation menu. 

Blue Mountains Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

8pm Catch a show at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub

Located in Springwood at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this theatre and community centre boasts a 436 seat theatre where classical and contemporary music concerts take place as well as film screenings, opera, ballet and drama. There are also four meeting rooms, two interview rooms and a landscaped forecourt. Offices for community tenants are also on the premises.


11pm Stay at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa

If it’s rejuvenation of a worn out body and mind you’re after, Lilianfels Resort & Spa is the place to head. The retreat is set on the edge of a cliff overlooking the mountains and Jamison Valley below, a position that feels like it’s literally at the ends of the earth. Tartan carpets cover the floors, art work depicting hunting scenes hangs from the walls, and in the spacious lounge room, a spread of floral sofas and dark oak tables decorated with high tea trays awaits. In fact, walking in this place leaves you with the feeling of being transported out of Australia and into a Scottish stately home.


Things to do

10am Standing Up Alive Exhibition at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

The Standing Up Alive exhibition at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah brings together five local Aboriginal artists. On until 13 May, the exhibition features Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin and Uncle Peter Williams. The five artists use their connection to their local heritage, symbols and patterns in a contemporary way. The free exhibition takes place in the visitor centre.

RE: MIX the Cauter Series by Stevie Fieldsend, showcased at the Hydro Majestic
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Noon Explore the RE:MIX outdoor exhibition

RE:MIX is an exciting outdoor exhibition which takes the meaning of 'upcycling' to a whole new level. Inspired by the theme of creative reuse, RE:MIX showcases works at famous locations throughout the Blue Mountains from April 13 to May 13. Works will be showcased at the Hydro Majestic, the Carrington Hotel, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Scenic World, the Fairmont Resort and Braemar Gallery.

Art, Galleries

3pm Visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery

Artist, cartoonist and novelist Norman Lindsay lived at the stone cottage in Faulconbridge for most of his life and it’s been converted into a gallery showcasing his art. Beloved as the creator of The Magic Pudding, Lindsay liked him the ladies – his paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures mostly feature nude, buxom beauties. Whether the art is to your taste or not, the gallery is a marvel, containing many relics of Lindsay’s life, a courtyard featuring moulded siren figures, fountains, and an etching studio. Used as a the main location in the 1993 movie Sirens, the house is an intriguing insight into the life and work of an extraordinary Australian and a Blue Mountains must-see. A café is on the premises.

More Blue Mountains weekend itineraries

Down the hill at Scenic World
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Travel, Short getaways

Weekend itineraries in the Blue Mountains

Sculpture at Scenic World (Apr 13-May 13) is on again, bringing the works of 38 artists to the rainforest floor in Katoomba, resulting in a spectacular outdoor gallery. Why not make a whole weekend of your visit with the help of Time Out's themed itineraries? Whatever you love about the Blue Mountains, we have where to go, where to eat and where to stay mapped out for you.

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