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Getting ‘Out of the Nest’ is often easier said than done right?

My heart is to make it easier for you. So, I have created some Day trip guides for some of the suburbs in the Blue Mountains.

I have based these guides loosely on:

Places to PLAY, EAT, WALK, SHOP and any additional extra activities. Ill also give a brief of a day trip plan that I particularly like.

I will link to as much as I can and ass as many helpful insights as I know of.

If you have additional insight/ideas, please do let me know. I can add them in for the benefit of everyone.

Lets look at….



2773 Cafe- This is a family run business for families. Food is delicious, it is cafe food so might be on the pricier side, but we have often stopped in even just for coffee and milkshakes or ice cream from the cart. There is a play area for the kids with tables for parents to sit at while they watch the kids play or interact with the onsite chickens.

Panthers- Across the highway is Panthers RSL. If you like a pub meal, this is your place. There is lots of food options and a back room with a small kids area to entertain the little ones.

If you are looking to grab a coffee and head to the park there are lots of coffee shops and bakery options to choose from just across the road. My top 2 to consider would be Kickaboom Cafe – on the Main Street- they have the prettiest little cakes on offer too- might be too pretty for the kids, or Dolly’s Donuts, located just around the corner for a donut or Gelato.


Glenbrook has a newly renovated playground area which you can check out here.  Fully enclosed with a range of play equipment for different ages. Just across the road from the shops and cafes, with an oval to kick a ball around on too should that be your thing.

Some of the other parks in Glenbrook that you can look at are:

Douglas Smith Memorial Park

Whitton Park and Glenbrook Skate Park and Playground  are both near Panthers RSL if you want extra play before/after a meal.


If you are looking for a bushwalk, these are some of the bush walks that come most highly recommended as family friendly options. Some are easier on little feet than others, so take a look before you head out.

-Duck Hole track

Red Hands Cave

-Glenbrook Lagoon


This may or may not be on the cards, but if you are looking for shops with items for kids then Glenbrook has you covered.

-Little Knick Knacks… a really lovely toy store, full of exciting items for baby- tweens. My kids love to pop in here with birthday or pocket money. Items from a few dollars right through to big investment pieces.

Little Sparrow Baby… a boutique store for babies, infants and their mothers. I have purchased many a babu shower item here.

Foothills Eco… a store full of locally made items, supporting Blue Mountains local businesses is a very ‘Blue Mountains’ thing to do.

Glenbrook Markets… on 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month at Glenbrook public school 8-1pm


Aitkens Panorama is beautiful to behold, several panoramas showcasing Australian scenery and wildlife just a few minutes walk from the main shopping strip.

Glenbrook Cinema is a different experience to the big cinemas, this is a small cinema with such a great vibe, located right next to the playground and near to the shops.

Jellybean pool a favourite water hole for many locals in the warm weather. Swimming amoungst the bush… so beautiful.

Glenbrook swimming pool a few minutes drive from the main shopping strip.

My favourite plan:

It is hard to choose jus 1 plan, so I am going to give you 2:

1/ Maybe try to catch the train in to add some adventure- Click here for time tables. It is a few minutes to walk from the station up to the main mall. Grab a Coffee from Kickaboom and head to Glenbrook Park. Retreat to 2773 for lunch OR pick up some bakery items at Cons Patisserie and eat at the park. Do a tour of the Panoramas and maybe a cheeky donut on the way out at Dolly’s donuts. Then catch the train back home.

2/ If the weather is good- Head to Jellybean pool. You will have to do a little bushwalk in, which adds to the fun I think, but you do need to be ready for that. Located in a national park, you need to take out everything you bring in, and remember that toilets are not located by the waterhole. So…pack a picnic and your swimmers, a blanket to sit on/small tent to sit under (as it is pretty much bush to water with minimal beach). Pack as much as you can on your backs as there is the short bushwalk in, and remember to bring lots of water! You can bring inflatables- which is super fun, but just remember you are carrying them in and out. 🙂

Let me know how you go!!!

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Rachel xo


Author Rachel

I am Mum to 3 little ones, aged 6,3 and almost 1, Wife to my high school crush, Midwife at our local hospital and Creator of 'Out of the Nest'. I hope more than anything to do all these things well and maybe empower and encourage others along the way. Though its quite the juggling act, and balls do drop ALOT, so I am happy to talk about that too. xx

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