One of the most beautiful villages in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales is Wentworth Falls. It’s hard for a proud Blackheathen to admit this…but it’s true. My favourite destination is Conservation Hut, originally built as a resting place for bush walkers, and a meeting room for members of the local Conservation Society.
It has changed a great deal since those early days, expanding into a spacious cafe, with a terrace overlooking the Jamison Valley. My partner and I often take overseas visitors here for lunch.
Inside, bricks from the original hut have been incorporated into a huge fireplace, providing warmth and cheer in winter. Great food helps too. One of my favourites for a light meal is Salmon Hash, topped with a fried egg.
As many patrons are walkers it’s a challenge for Kerry Mulford, owner of the café at times like this, when bush fires can force the closing of lookouts and tracks.
Kerry has just completed a make-over of the menu, but promises me that old favourites such as the Salmon Hash remain. There is also live music on the first, second and third Sundays of the month.
If you are relatively young and fit, try the walk to Empress Falls.
LOVELY SURROUNDINGS ALL YEAR ROUND
It’s such a privilege to live in this peaceful, beautiful part of the world, despite the occasional challenges from Mother Nature. Do come and share it.
The Conservation Hut is open seven days a week, from 10am – 4pm weekdays and from 9.30am-4pm on weekends. Entry is via Fletcher Road.
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