What could be better than digging through the shelves to find retro treasures? Adding in a walk and bite to eat too?
We have heard the Blue Mountains is the place to go for retro shopping so if you're serious we suggest packing a bag for a weekend trip. We suggest exploring the region’s walks as well as finding things you didn’t know you needed or wanted. Before you go, why not rummage around in your own cupboards to give stuff away, and make room for new recycled goodies?
Here’s where to go for vintage finds and great bargains in the Blue Mountains.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Blue Mountains quick facts
It’s just a 90-minute drive from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and it’s easy to navigate between towns once there. If you’re not driving, trains depart daily from Sydney’s Central Station. Once there, public buses and the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus stop at the major towns and attractions.
Stop by for your iconic snap of the Three Sisters and board the Scenic Skyway for a bird’s eye view, before you hit the shops. Take a gentle stroll on the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and get your exercise for the week on the Ruined Castle Walking Track. You won’t go hungry while you’re op-shopping in Katoomba. Have an Asian feast among colourful oriental decor atMiss Lilian Tea House.
If you’re looking for your next rare treasure, head toKatoomba Vintage Emporium. Explore a unique collection of clocks, crockery, furniture and jewellery in the former heritage-listed Katoomba Post Office. Vinnie’s Katoomba always has something new and the Children’s Cancer Foundation Boutique Op Shop is a great place for quirky gifts.
Explore two levels of shopping heaven at Macarthur’s Arcade. The store was first opened in the 1950s and you’ll see original tiling and wrought iron work in the building. Independent dealers sell everything from fine art to antiques and collectibles. The ground floor hosts Pickwick’s Fine Old Bookshop for rare reads.
Can’t get enough of antiques? Discover incredible pieces from around the globe at the Katoomba Antique Centre. For keen photographers, there’s also a Camera Museum with old school equipment and a collection of historic photos. Black Antiques is a haven for vintage comic books, unique furniture, record players, vases and retro lamps.