With opulent basalt soils and abundant foliage, Mt Irvine has quickly established itself as one of Blue Mountains’ most scenic destinations.
A smallish village close to Mt Wilson, with a population that does not exceed 300, this area is a mere two-hour car ride from Sydney. In spite of its proximity to the big city, however, Mt Irvine has plenty to offer in terms of relaxation and natural splendors. Visitors will be glad to learn that the village also provides excellent options as far as accommodation and dining are concerned.
So, whether you want to rent a cottage or a cheap albeit charming room in one of Mt Irvine’s inn, you can be sure that you’ll benefit from the typical village hospitality.
What to do at Mt Irvine
First built during the Depression, Bowens Creek walk now offers stunning green and blue scenery, enabling you to completely immerse yourself in the unique Mt Irvine wilderness.
Indeed, this particular bushwalk will take you all the way through scenic bridges, majestic cliffs and wonderfully cool creeks. If you’re spending a few days at Mt Irvine, it is highly recommended to visit Bowens Creek Walk at night, where the stars are gloriously luminous, set in a pitch black sky far away from the city lights. This area is also teeming with glow worms at night, making for incredible photo opportunities.
If you don’t want to go on a bushwalk, you can make the most out of Mt Irvine’s Bowens Creek picnic spot. This area is equipped with picnic tables, restrooms and wide expanses of land where your children can run freely.
Pheasants Cave: This magical wonder is concealed from the main village but it will undoubtedly provide you with an exhilarating experience where you will feel entirely disconnected from the stress of your everyday life.
Visitors might need to adopt a small and easy trail walk that debuts from Du Faurs Rocks to reach Mt Irvine’s most secluded cave. Throughout your walk, you will also pass by scenic streams where you can pause for a cool dip if you want to. Best of all, the trail that leads to Pheasants Cave also includes a small but charming rainforest that includes a gently cascading waterfall.
Once you reach the cave, you will undoubtedly be amazed by the extensive number of pheasants and lyrebirds that surround the area.
Because it is such an excellent place for bird watchers, you might want to bring along your camera and binoculars.
Mt Irvine Accommodation and Dining
If you want to experience authentic dishes that are local to the area, don’t hesitate to visit Blue Mountains national park where you will be spoiled by the extensive number of cafes and restaurants.
Found right at the flank of Mt Irvine, the national park also comes with different types of accommodation which you can choose according to your budget. From luxurious hotels to budget-friendly albeit comfortable motels, Mt Irvine and the surrounding Blue Mountains region certainly have you covered in terms of lodging.
Indeed, while Mt Irvine is on the small side, some people choose to extend their stay in order to make the most out of the village’s relaxing atmosphere.