Perched on the edge of the Blue Mountains, an hour’s drive from Sydney, Faulconbridge is an ideal escape with wonderful bushwalks and historic attractions. From Aboriginal rock art to the home of artist Norman Lindsay, you’ll find plenty of surprises in Faulconbridge and nearby Springwood. Legendary artist Norman Lindsay created a prolific amount of work at his Faulconbridge home, which is now the Norman Lindsay Gallery. Its gardens are brimming with his drawings, paintings and sculptures. From Faulconbridge you can explore many other historic villages. You’ll find plenty of cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. Springwood offers some exciting bushwalks. Some easier walks can be found in Birdwood Gully on the opposite side of the Great Western Highway. The main entry points are located on Boomerang Road or via Bednal Road. One of the hidden treasures of Springwood is Martin’s Lookout located at the end of Farm Road. The lookout is accessible by car in dry weather and is a short walk from the end of the dirt road. Martin’s Lookout is an ideal peaceful spot to visit to escape from the world. If you like picnics, then Springwood offers beautiful Buttenshaw Park along the Great Western Highway. The park has well maintained gardens and a play area for the children. There is also a nice picnic area at Picnic Glen not far from the centre of town. Further down Hawkesbury Road is Springwood’s 18 hole Golf Course opposite Ellison Public School. Springwood aquatic centre, adjacent to Buttenshaw Park, offers a 25m indoor pool, gym and fitness centre, and a fun pool complete with waterslide, fountains and a whirlpool for the young and young at heart.
Springwood centre features a diverse range of shops, two historic hotels and a local library with access to the Internet. Braemar Historic Gallery is also open at selected times of the year for exhibitions. The Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub is one of the largest public venues in the Blue Mountains. It is also the location for the monthly Springwood Growers Market and the venue for productions by the Blue Mountains Musical Society. Springwood really comes alive in Autumn for Springwood Foundation Day. Springwood features a supermarket, butcher, several take away shops and cafes,, ideal for brekky, lunch or dinner. The Springwood Sports Club is situated on Macquarie Road. Check out the local events calendar for a year-round line up of markets, music festivals and shows throughout the area. A short journey up the highway, will lead you to Katoomba, the World Famous Three Sisters, Scenic World, The Hydro Majestic, horse riding adventures and tea rooms at Megalong Valley, the Ancient Cave system at Jenolan.