The Gardner’s Inn is the oldest continuously licenced hotel still trading in the Blue Mountains and proudly display’s it heritage at the same time as providing for every conceivable modern convenience and creature comfort.
The Inn is situated in the heart of Blackheath, just opposite from the train station. The village was named by the “Father of the Australian Nation” Lachlan Macquarie in 1815 on his way through to Bathurst and it nestles at one of the highest points of the Blue Mountains of 1065 metres.
Blackheath itself is family friendly village and is the gateway to some of the most spectacular bushwalks in the world, while at the same time as providing a range of wonderful restaurants, popular cafes; antique shops other specialty retailers that reflect a truly modern up-market community but still retains its unique mountain village atmosphere.
In recent years The Gardner’s Inn has undergone a major refit and upgrade to all its guests’ facilities, a process that is still on-going and includes the dining room.
The spacious outdoor entertainment and BBQ area.
There are several bars and outdoor areas that serve a range of drinks and a separate gaming facility to ensure privacy.
Why not plan your next trip to this exciting upbeat village and stay at the historic Gardner’s Inn, the perfect location to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Blue Mountains heritage listed National Park and a myriad of local attractions and places of interest for both the young, the not so young and those still young at heart.
A hundred and fifty years ago the celebrated artist Johann Joseph Eugene von Guérard visited Govett’s Leap and painted a memorable landscape of the scene which now resides in the Art Gallery of NSW.
On the 13th of January 1836 a young English gentleman by the name of Charles Darwin, the legendary naturalist and geologist stayed at the Gardners Inn and after breakfast one morning walked the 3KM distance from the hotel to the afore mentioned Govett’s leap but unfortunately we have no record of how long it took young Charlie to make the trip however these days, thanks to state of the art pathways it now requires only a brisk 35 minute walk.
Blackheath is the unofficial Rhododendron Capitol of Australia and the Gardners Inn is the perfect location to stay during the weekend of the Rhodo Festival which is traditionally held in the first week of November.
Blackheath is a great location to enjoy a winter wonderland as Blackheath is often transformed into snow covered landscape in the colder months and the Gardners Inn has log fires burning and offers a traditional northern hemisphere winter menu to warm the cockles of your heart.
As part of the many generous benefits offered by the publican of the Gardners Inn there is a courtesy bus provided for the use of guests that has all the rustic charm you would expect of such an iconic establishment!
There are dozens of interesting places to see and explore in the Upper Mountains that are just a hop step and a jump from the Gardner’s Inn. Let’s start with horse riding in the Megalong Valley, very popular sporting activity.
For the nascent troglodyte in all of us there is all the Jenolan Caves to explore.
And if you are both a fit and enthusiastic bush walker who likes a challenge then try the Blue Gum Forest.
Or for the braver souls amongst us then venture down to the Grand Canyon an absolute must do attraction. The Blue Mountains has a sister city relationship with Flagstaff Arizona, the home of the original Grand Canyon in the US.
For the romantic there is always the breath taking Scenic World in Katoomba.
If you are a Cricket tragic then it is mandatory that you visit the Blackheath Cricket Ground where Don Bradman scored 100 runs off just three eight ball overs in 1931, which recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest century ever recorded.