Drive for just over an hour north-west of Sydney and you’ll be greeted by green rolling hills, grazing cows and quintessential country charms in Kurrajong. Sitting at the lower slopes of the beautiful Blue Mountains just off Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong is a scenic country town that oozes historic charm.
Located in the Hawkesbury Highlands just 75 kilometres north-west of Sydney, Kurrajong comes from the Aboriginal word for shade tree and was established in 1790. Back then Kurrajong tree seeds were roasted in place of real coffee beans by white settlers. Nowadays genuine fragrant coffee beans are roasted for the thousands of tourists who frequent the many cafes in the quaint Kurrajong Village after a day of scenic driving or sightseeing at nearby Wollemi National Park or the Blue Mountains.
With plenty to discover in town, including antiques at the Village Emporium, homewares and treasures at one of the many boutiques, and a delicious feed at Sassafras Creek Cafe, you’ll need more than a couple of hours to enjoy Kurrajong Village. Venture further along Bells Line of Road and you can explore the apple-growing region of Bilpin – aka “Land of the Mountain Apple” – and sample the home-grown fruits yourself at one of the many roadside stalls.
Offering spectacular views of surrounding highlands as well as the Sydney basin from Penrith to the city, Kurrajong is a history and nature-lovers paradise.