YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO PLANNING THE ULTIMATE
GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS DESTINATION WEDDING

THE REGION

Blue Mountains Map

From Penrith and the Hawkesbury, through the Blue Mountains and out to the Central West, your dream wedding destination is waiting to be discovered.

From the historic Nepean Valley and Hawkesbury, through the towering glowing escarpments and plunging valleys of the rugged World Heritage-listed wilderness area to the sweeping plains of the Central West, the Greater Blue Mountains region has been a spectacular wedding destination for more than a century.

Begin wedded bliss with a gulp of fresh mountain air lightly scented with the breath of a million square hectares of eucalyptus trees.

Away from the city bustle, time moves slower so each moment of your wedding can be savoured in blissful leisure. With numerous activities, accommodation and dining options throughout the region, prolong the anticipation, draw out precious time with family and friends and defer your return to reality by staying a night or two in the Greater Blue Mountains.

Gather for an excited Wedding-Eve dinner and trade Wedding Day anecdotes and observations at a post-Wedding brunch. Continue the romance theme and explore the region with loved ones or newfound friends. With traffic-free roads, plenty of parking and numerous chauffeured transport options, travel up the Great Western Highway, the Bells Line of Road or any number of byways that meander through picture perfect scenes.

From large group bus trips, picnics and tailored luxe sightseeing tours; bushwalks for every fitness level; lookouts aplenty; boutique shopping; wanders through historic properties and kaleidoscopic gardens; thrilling attractions; art galleries; cafes, restaurants and breweries; grand hotels, resorts, B&Bs and campgrounds, there’s so much to see and do for the whole bridal party and extended guest list too.

No two villages are alike

From the riverbank towns, golf courses and glitzy palaces of Penrith, Mulgoa and Castlereagh to the charming historic venues and bountiful orchards of Bilpin and Kurrajong in the Hawkesbury the experiences are endless.

From the majestic vistas of Blackheath and Wentworth Falls in the upper Blue Mountains and serene outlooks in the central area to the fairytale gardens of Mt Wilson and Leura and heritage grandeur of historic hotels of Katoomba await your visit.  

Each Greater Blue Mountains area has its own character, every individual town and village a distinctive personality and highlights.

Explore each area in a little more detail

Nepean Valley

Nepean River, Penrith, Emu Plains, Leonay, Castlereagh, Agnes Banks, Llandilo, Luddenham, Mulgoa, Wallacia, Silverdale, Cobbitty

Sprawled along the banks of the mighty Nepean River, the Nepean Valley is an exciting destination segue between the compacted suburbs and industry of Western Sydney and the rugged wilderness of the Blue Mountains.

With numerous new dining and activity options, a fast-growing population and evolving business community, the Nepean Valley will become the latest gateway to the nation when the first plane lands at Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport opens in 2026.

From the picturesque farmlands of Cobbitty, historic mansions around Mulgoa, the manicured golf courses at places like Leonay and, of course, the tranquil river itself on which the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler glides, to glitzy modern palaces such as Penrith Panthers, the area has venues to suit every taste and budget and plenty of innovative dining options and activities for guests to enjoy before and after your wedding.

Visit penrith.com.au to discover more about the area.

Lower Blue Mountains

Lapstone, Glenbrook, Blaxland, Warrimoo, Valley Heights,  Hawkesbury Heights, Winmalee, Yellow Rock, Springwood

Temperate climes, serene landscapes are close enough to Sydney to be convenient yet far enough away to feel removed from everyday life. The boutiques of Glenbrook are crammed with specialty gifts perfect for weddings and Springwood an ideal brunch spot for pre and post wedding catchups, while Hawkesbury Heights and Yellow Rock make gorgeous backdrops for photographs.

Visit visitbluemountains.com.au to discover more about the area.

Central Blue Mountains

Faulconbridge, Linden, Woodford, Hazelbrook, Lawson, Bullaburra

Steeped in history and the site for events of national significance, the Central Blue Mountains is full of romantic waterfalls and bushland nooks kept secret by locals. And who can go past the home of sensuality at Faulconbridge, where Norman Lindsay’s muses cavorted with naked abandon. 

Visit visitbluemountains.com.au to discover more about the area.

Upper Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath, Blackheath, Shipley, Megalong, Mount Victoria, Bell, Clarence, Dargan, Mt Wilson, Mt Tomah, Mt Irvine

The plunging valleys and glowing towering natural ramparts, the clifftop hidey holes from which to shout your love to the wilderness, the private lookouts with uninterrupted views have been magnets for loved-up couples for more than a century. From the grand hotels and guesthouses of Katoomba, Leura and Medlow Bath to the exquisite cool climate gardens of Mt Wilson and Mt Tomah at which to pledge your love, the upper Blue Mountains is the complete wedding package.

Visit visitbluemountains.com.au to discover more about the area.

Hawkesbury

Yarramundi, Richmond, North Richmond, Kurrajong, Kurmond, Colo, Ebenezer, Clarendon, Bilpin, Berambing, Freemans Reach, Grose Wold, Grose Vale, Sackville, Windsor

Ready-made for ambience-soaked wedding imagery, the nation’s third oldest settlement is filled with vignettes of Australiana. Historic streetscapes lined with bullnosed shopfronts in Richmond and Windsor, the velvet paddocks of Kurrajong and orchards laden with produce at Bilpin in the upper reaches, rustic venues of Ebenezer and Sackville steeped in colonial ambience and the Hawkesbury River that nurtures it all.

Visit discoverthehawkesbury.com.au to discover more about the area.

Central West

Hartley Vale, Hartley, Jenolan Caves, Hampton, Rydal, Tarana, O’Connell, Oberon, Lithgow, Capertee, Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee

Located over the western escarpment of the Blue Mountains “sandstone curtain’’ on the fringes of the vast plains of the NSW Central West, the trickling streams and granite boulders of Hampton and historic buildings around Lithgow and Hartley make for sublime memorable nuptials. Meanwhile, exclusive retreats at Rydal and Capertee take getting-away-from-it-all to the next level of luxe, and one of the world’s most spectacular cave systems at Jenolan needs no further introduction.

Visit tourism.lithgow.com to discover more about the area.

The Four Seasons

More temperate than Sydney, the Blue Mountains is an average 2 degrees C cooler every 300m increase in altitude. Therefore, in Winter (June, July, August), the average temperature in the Upper Mountains is about 5°C while in Summer (December, January, February), it rises to about 18°C. Meanwhile, the average temperature in the Lower Blue Mountains is 16°C in Winter and 29°C during Summer.

Summer

Escape the intense heat of Sydney under vast tracts of shaded canopies and by the cooling spray of pristine waterfalls while cicadas and native birdcalls serenade your love.

Autumn

As the air becomes crisp, the colours warm, and countless exotic trees are clothed in swaths of yellow, gold, orange, red and brown leaves that flutter photogenically around wedding couples.

Winter

The season for which the Blue Mountains is most famous turns ancient landscapes into Winter wonderlands. Imagine the beauty of mist-shrouded groves and snow drifts on sandstone structures. Tie the knot in July for a roaring fire backdrop or Yulefest celebration.

Spring

A million square hectares of World Heritage-listed wilderness blooms with new life as native plants and trees express joy through colour and heady fragrance as they emerge from hibernation.

Why supporting local means so much to our region

Choosing the Greater Blue Mountains for your wedding destination means that you choose to support our local community recovering from drought, followed by the 2019 summer bushfires and compounded by flood and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your decision ultimately supports the hundreds of business owners and their employees who provide the products and services that ensure your wedding becomes the memorable reality of the joy you dream about. All those people thank you.

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