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Just 100 km west of Sydney lie the Blue Mountains, a staggeringly beautiful landscape even by Australian standards. And complementing the countryside is an unusual, historic hotel.

Are the Blue Mountains actually coloured blue? It’s a good question, to which the answer is definitely maybe. They certainly appear blue, thanks to the natural eucalyptus oil produced by the area’s dense gum trees. The oil hangs in the air giving the mountains a blue effect. Put the area on the itinerary of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Australia – it’s only 100 kilometres from Sydney – and you’ll discover soaring cliffs and blue-tinged ridges broken by crashing waterfalls, plus ravines cloaked in the famous gum trees.

Not to mention the Old Dairy. As its name suggests, this wonderfully idiosyncratic hotel has been recreated from a dairy and today offers visitors a choice of accommodation from a two-sleeper studio to Straw Bale House, sleeping up to 11 adults.

Old Leura Dairy, at a glance

  • Unique, four star boutique resort created from the working buildings of a historic dairy
  • Set amidst the stunningly beautiful Blue Mountains
  • Choice of individual accommodations, each with their own character
  • The Studio sleeps two and has French doors opening onto the garden
  • Buttercup Barn, with a characteristic curved ceiling, sleeps three
  • The Milking Shed and Moo Manor each accommodate four adults
  • The restyled Worker’s Cottage sleeps six
  • Straw Bale House has bedrooms for up to 11
  • Rustic chic restaurant specialising in the superb Blue Mountain ‘slow food’ cuisine

For leisure and pleasure

  • Brilliant base for exploring the Blue Mountains National Park
  • Close to the Blue Mountain Heritage Centre for touring maps and advice on weather and Aboriginal heritage
  • 4x4 tours
  • Visits to the Jenolan Caves and Scenic World to ride the world’s steepest railway
  • Half or full day canyoning trips and bushwalking with expert guides
  • Trout fishing
  • Abseiling and rappelling expeditions
  • Walking through the Everglades Gardens
  • Golf courses at Leura, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba and Blackheath

  • Gemma took on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic itinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

    TS, August 2020