Bells Line Of Road

Bells Line of Road is situated within the magnificent Blue Mountains, approximately one hour drive north of Sydney.

Bells Line of Road took its name from Archibald Bell Junior, the explorer who at the age of just nineteen years crossed what was to become one of the most scenic routes across the Blue Mountains.

The Bells Line of Road makes its way through beautiful fertile farmland and offers a blend of pretty bushland scenery and sandstone cliffs.

During your journey along the Bells Line of Road you will be treated to great views out towards the coast and across the fantastic bushland scenery.

The Bells Line of Road.There are also many walking tracks with various levels of difficulty. As you ascend the Kurrajong Heights you can enjoy spectacular views across the Sydney region. More fabulous views can be seen from Bellbird Hill Lookout.

If you travel off Bells Line of Road onto Heritage Road and Mountain View Close you should be able to hear Bellbirds singing.

Bells Line of Road has many roadside stalls offering locally grown produce.If you feel like some action, the Kurrajong Heights Grass Ski Park is located nearby and offers grass skiing and go-karting.

Further along the Bells Line of Road are the towns of Bilpin and Berambing, which are famous for apple and stone fruit orchards. You can buy the delicious, locally grown produce from the many roadside stalls.

There are also various gardens that you can enjoy when visiting Bells Line of Road, including Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens. The botanic gardens cover an area of 28 hectares featuring cool climate plants from across the globe, with plants being grouped according to their geographic origin.

Bells Line of Road.Just 8 km north of the Bells Line of Road are the outstanding private gardens of Mt Wilson, many open to the public. Situated over 1000 metres above sea level, Mt Wilson encapsulates nature with its colourful scenery and tree lined streets. Mt Wilson is home to the amazing Cathedral of Ferns.

This rainforest area integrates a number of walking tracks under a spectacular canopy of Sassafras, Coachwoods and Ferns. It is also home to a large picnic area and huge Eucalyptus trees, including one called 'Giant Tree', which ascend above the many vines and ferns.

Lithgow is located at the end of the Bells Line of Road. Just outside of Lithgow is the Zig Zag Railway, a preservation society run tourist railway. The railway operates a number of trains including steam trains that travel across three wonderful sandstone viaducts, during the 210m descent from Clarence Station to Bell. Journey times are roughly 1 1/2 hours for a round trip. As a general rule the Steam Trains operate on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays and NSW school holidays with alternative trains running on other days.

Bells Line of Road.Along your journey there are numerous opportunities to stop and absorb the surrounding beauty. There is something for the garden lover, the outdoor enthusiast, the photographer, the romantic and tourist alike. Accommodation includes quality Bed and Breakfasts, Health Resorts, Motels and Apartments.

Images on this page courtesy of Mark O'Carrigan of Hatters Hideout.

2 Comments

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Can anyone explain why "of" appears in the name Bells Line of Road? Why not Bells Line Road?

Posted By Jim Wilson on Sunday 20th October 2013 @ 15:07:56

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Hi, I was curious as well and haven't found much at all, except maybe the comment at this link..

http://www.thebotanistsway.com.au/page.asp?ID=7

"The original line of the road went north-west from Clarence across Newnes Plateau, and descended the western escarpment into the upper Coxs River valley near Lidsdale. The ancient Aboriginal route along the Bell Range did not become known to white settlers until 1823, when 19-year-old Archibald Bell was led over Mount Tomah and on to Hartley Vale by Darug guides. Bell’s Line’ was almost immediately surveyed by Robert Hoddle, and ten years later it had become a popular stock route."

So apparently there was "The original line of the road", and then there was "Bell's line of Road", named after 19 year old explorer Archibald Bell. So, that's the only explanation I can find online. Makes sense to me. :-)

Unusual wording, but then it was 1823.

Posted By minniemouse101 on Friday 25th October 2013 @ 18:41:17

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