Bilpin – Mt. Tomah Region
The Bilpin Mt. Tomah region of the Blue Mountains is a collection of small mountain communities spread along the scenic Bells Line of Road. Fruit growing and farming are the two main lively-hoods in the area, thanks to the rich and fertile soil deposits from ancient volcanic activity. Numerous roadside coffe shops and fruit stalls are scattered along the way and in the right season there is an abundance of cheap, locally grown fruit up for a bargain.
Main tourist features in the area are the beautiful Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens, the Zig-Zag railway towards Lithgow and the heritage village of Mt. Wilson. Bells Line of Road itself is a worthwhile scenic drive as it passes through some of the most stunning Blue Mountains scenery around.
Our Bilpin Cabins and Mountain Lagoon Cabins are situated close to all these attractions, as well as being a short drive to main Blue Mountains tourist areas.
Sights and Attractions
An unforgettable trip in this old fashioned steam train takes you on a scenic ride near Lithgow. Experience 19th century engineering and great scenery…
Stroll around beautiful cool climate park-lands and gardens with impressive views.
Mt Tomah Lookout
Superb views of the very distance Sydney skyline and panoramic sights of the Upper Blue Mountains. Access is via Skyline Rd about 1km after Mt. Tomah Gardens.
Mt Wilson is a beautiful mountain township with heritage cool-climate gardens, a range of natural attractions and some great views. Take a moment to explore the Cathedral of Ferns at Mt. Wilson, a lush forest made of tall mystical tree ferns.
Burralow Swamp Picnic Area
A expansive hanging swamp with large cleared area for picnics and BBQs. Great for kids and features a short walk to a beautiful waterfall canyon. Convict remains from Australia’s first rice growing experiment can be seen on the way. A night time adventure to the creek will reveal a spectacular glow worm colony.
18 Discovery Trails make up the Greater Blue Mountains Drive – and two of these begin right at Wollemi Wilderness Retreat. ‘The Mounts’ Discovery Trail begins and ends at Berambing, winding its way along Bells Line of Road, Mt. Wilson and Mt. Irvine and finally crossing Bowen’s Creek downstream – a stunning drive that takes you through the heart of the region.
10am – 12pm each Saturday at the Bilpin Hall. Come along for local produce, plants, art and craft…
Pick your own Fruit
Bilpin is famous for delicious apples and there are numerous roadside stalls and shops selling orchard produce. For the real experience why not pick your own…
There are countless unlisted fire-trails around the Bilpin – Mt. Tomah region that are excellent for two wheeled pedal adventures (or walks). Below are a list of the better known tracks.
Mt. Banks Walls
Probably the most spectacular ride you will ever do! Featuring 11km of cliff top riding along a service trail that begins at Mt. Banks Picnic area. The trail heads east along the Grose Valley with numerous lookouts and spots to stop for lunch. An all round great ride!
Pattersons Ridge to Burralow Swamp
This fire-trail heads out along Patterson’s Ridge towards Burralow Swamp at a fairly straight forward ride. Finally it drops steeply down into the lush swamp area where there are options to continue to either Kurrajong Heights (good option if you can do a car shuffle) or Bowen Mountain. Both are extensive uphills. Exploring the swamp and nearby Bulcammatta Falls is a must.
There is an extensive network of service roads on the Newnes Plateau that offer good riding options and most are 2WD accessible. The popular glow-worm tunnel is a good option, but take a map.