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Towns and regions impacted by the summer bushfires have plenty to entice families, writes ANGELA SAURINE

The Scenic Skyway cabin passes over the Jamison Valley, Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Image: Destination NSW

While much of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was burnt in the bushfires, most of the tourist areas look as fantastic as ever, including the famous Three Sisters rock formation at Katoomba. The Bells Line of Road side of the Blue Mountains, between Lithgow and Kurrajong, was damaged in the fires, with several homes and tourism structures lost, but the populated strip along the Great Western Highway side was undamaged.

Kids on the back of a truck at Megalong Creek Estate in the NSW Blue Mountains

Hop on the double-decker Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to explore at your own pace. It covers 29 stops, from major attractions to hidden gems the day tours miss. The family-owned and operated Megalong Creek Estate vineyard and cellar door in the Megalong Valley is popular with families because of its open spaces for children to run around. The owners’ kids are usually there too and enjoy the company of other youngsters. Experience the thrill of the world’s steepest railway at Scenic World, where you will be suspended 270m above the valley looking through the partially-glassed floor in the Scenic Skyway; wander the 2.4km easy grade Scenic Walkway through pristine rainforest; and glide between the clifftop and the forest floor in the Scenic Cableway. Sweet tooths will love Gingerbread House Katoomba, which is housed in a restored 100-year-old church and sells house-baked gingerbread, cakes and drinks based on the Hansel and Gretel fairytale; and indulge in gelato, waffles and handmade chocolates at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, just a minute’s walk from Echo Point and the Three Sisters.

The Three Sisters at Katoomba. Image: Destination NSW

When it comes to accommodation, Blue Mountains Hygge Stays especially welcomes families to their two self-contained holiday lettings in the upper Blue Mountains – Hyggested in Leura and Hyggebo in Katoomba. Both are inspired by hygge, a Danish word meaning ‘to create a warm atmosphere and enjoy the good things in life with good people’, and the owners’ travels with their two sons. As well as a toasty fireplace, each has a cot and highchair and lots of games, toys and outdoor activities.

Angela Saurine
Angela Saurine
Angela Saurine is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer and proud mum who lives in Sydney. She started out in journalism in local newspapers before setting off to explore the world for two years, living at Whistler ski resort in Canada and in London. On her return home, her passion for adventure led to a role as national travel reporter at News Corp Australia – a position she held for four years before embarking on a freelance career. She loves skiing, islands, expedition cruising, eco-tourism and Indigenous tourism.