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71kms · 63 mins by car · 81 mins by train
8,210 population · 371m elevation
Springwood is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains. Springwood was named by Governor Macquarie in 1815 when the Governor and his wife stopped by a spring for water down a deep glen.
The first Blue Mountains building in the town was a military post erected on Macquarie Road between Short Street and Homedale Street. A plaque has been erected at this point.
Springwood offers some exciting bush walks...
On the shopping centre side of the Great Western Highway, Sassafras Gully is accessible from several roads including Davies Avenue, Sassafras Gully Road, Bee Farm Road, Picnic Glen, Burns Road and Farm Road. You can choose from short walks through to long walks, however, be warned there are plenty of steps and as with most bush walks in the Mountains, you always start at the top, walk to the bottom and then make your way back up to the top again.
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. (Farm road is off Burns 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.
Other parks in Springwood include a few small parks in the centre of town. There is also a nice picnic area at Picnic Glen not far from the centre of town.
Close to Hawkesbury Road is Else Mitchell Park and close by is Lomatia Park with an oval and cricket nets.
Further down Hawkesbury Road is Springwood’s 18 hole Golf Course opposite Ellison Public School. Springwood swimming pool 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 World of Tennis can be found at Spring Street (off Burns Road), other tennis courts are located at Springwood Bowling Club on Macquarie Road.
In 1999 the Springwood Station and the main street of Springwood was attractively upgraded providing even safer pedestrian access.
Springwood centre features a diverse range of shops, several cafes, 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. Exhibitions generally consist of contemporary works by local and Sydney artists.
In the centre of Springwood is the beautiful Presbyterian Church ideal for the picturesque wedding.
The Springwood Civic Centre is one of the largest public venues in the Blue Mountains. The Civic Centre is used once a month for the Community Markets. It is also the venue for productions by the Blue Mountains Musical Society. Springwood really comes alive in Autumn for Springwood Foundation Day.
Springwood features two supermarkets, a butcher, several take away shops and cafes, as well as the historic Royal and Oriental Hotels, ideal for lunch or dinner. The Springwood Bowling Club, now know as Springwood Sports Club is situated on Macquarie Road with its brand new contemporary architectural design, the club features lounge areas for members and guests, indoor and alfresco dining areas, an outdoor terrace, sports lounge, bowlers lounge, gaming lounge and multiple function rooms, perfect for corporate functions, weddings and many other functions.
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