Does it snow in the Blue Mountains? This is a question we are often asked when guests book Glen Isla over the popular Winter season. The answer in short is YES! Sometimes. If you are very very lucky!
Last year in mid-July (2015) some of our guests arrived to be greeted by lots of snow all through our gardens.
What are the chances seeing snow in the Blue Mountains for our visit?
If you stay in the Winter with us – it’s definitely a possibility! In the 3 years that we’ve owned Glen Isla, we have had snow in 2 of those years. Once at the end of June (2016) and once in mid-July (2017).
If snow is what you’re looking for though, Wentworth Falls (where Glen Isla is located) isn’t the best place to go looking for it. This is mostly due to the elevation of Wentworth Falls where we are located. It does snow quite often higher up the Mountains – Mt Victoria and Blackheath see snow much more often due to their higher elevation. If snow is what you’re after, your best bet is to venture further during your stay with us and visit the township of Oberon – about one and half hours drive from Glen Isla.
Get booking for the remainder of 2016!
With our Winter dates almost completely filled (all our weekends are booked until mid-September, we have a few midweek dates available), our Christmas and New Years season is starting to book out. Be sure to get in touch to reserve your preferred dates! >> Check our availability here <<
All the very best!
It’s hard to believe that Christmas has almost arrived. This year, as well as every year, the Blue Mountains will be a wonderful place to spend the Christmas holidays. Here are just a few of the fantastic events planned for the Blue Mountains for Christmas 2015:
- Christmas Twilight Markets – Penrith
Enjoy some Christmas shopping at the Christmas Twilight Markets in Penrith. There will be a wide variety of stalls. The markets will run every Friday and Saturday night from Fri 13th November up until Christmas Eve.
When: Fri/Sat nights (13 Nov – 24 Dec 2015)
Where: Pop up park, High Street Penrith
- Springwood Late Night Shopping
Springwood Village will come alive for some late night shopping. Meet up with friends and soak up some festive Christmas spirit! There will be Christmas stalls, activities for the kids, carol singing and lots of entertainment.
When: Thurs 10 Dec 2015. 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Macquarie Rd, Springwood
- Santa Arrives by Steam Train
Say hi to Santa and his elf as they arrive aboard the historic Sydney Steam Train. Catch the action at 11am or 2pm on the special open day. The admission fees include unlimited steam train rides and a free gift for the kids.
When: Saturday 12th December 2015
Where: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
17B Tusculum Road
Cost: Adult $14, Conc. $12, School Student $10 (Children 4 and under are FREE), Family: $45 (2 Adults, 2 Children or 1 Adult, 4 Children).
- Wentworth Falls Christmas in the Park
Join in the Christmas celebrations with carols, a puppet show, supper and a sausage sizzle.
When: Sunday 13 December 2015, 5 – 7pm.
Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church Wentworth Falls
Merry Christmas from All of Us at Glen Isla
For me personally, Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. Despite the stress that comes with gift-buying and getting organised for the holidays, it’s also an important time to reflect on the year that has come and gone, and the importance of family. 2015 has been an absolutely fantastic year for us at Glen Isla. We have hosted many wonderful groups who we look forward to seeing again soon. One of my favourite things about the house is how many people contact me afterwards and tell me how Glen Isla helped bring families together from all over Australia (and sometimes from overseas too!). Whether it’s for a milestone birthday celebration, a wedding, or just because it’s been a long time, the house is a wonderful location to make memories. Lets face it – life is short – we need to do all those things we want to do while we can, and make sure that those we love know it!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support again this year. Every year the popularity of the house seems to grow which is such a welcome surprise. When we bought the house in early 2013 and set about turning it into an accommodation venue, we never dreamed that we could achieve the amount of success we have. The icing on the cake for us this year was winning our award at the Blue Mountains Business Awards. Thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this. We look forward to what 2016 has in store!
Very best wishes from our family to yours.
Snow in the Blue Mountains does happen occasionally, but not very often. Although the weather gets quite cold in the Winter, in the 3 years since we’ve owned Glen Isla we had yet to see snow there – until this year! In July, we woke to the news that Wentworth Falls and the Upper Blue Mountains had been blanketed in snow. The roads were closed temporarily but reopened by the afternoon so none of our guests’ plans were interrupted.
Our wonderful cleaner managed to get to the house in her 4×4 and was able to get these photographs for us. The house sure does look beautiful with snow in the garden!
Glen Isla is the perfect place for self contained family accommdoation in the Blue Mountains. With 6 large bedrooms, 5 of which having Queen sized beds and one with 4 single beds, historic Glen Isla is well equipped to accommodate large family groups or gatherings.
Glen Isla is one of the few homes in the Blue Mountains which is able to accommodate up to 14 guests comfortably which is why we have been so popular for family get-togethers, girls weekends away, and birthday celebrations.
We love being able to share beautiful Glen Isla and one of Australia’s most beautiful locations – the Blue Mountains – with our guests. We have received some really lovely reviews from our recent guests which we really appreciate.
Winter has been extremely busy in the Blue Mountains again this year, with many of our guests celebrating Christmas in July in style with roast ham, turkey and of course wine! Our toasty fire has been keeping our guests warm and cozy through the winter months.
To find out more about our beautiful Blue Mountains Family Accommodation feel free to contact us to make a booking!
Blue Mountains Accommodation – Historic ‘Glen Isla’
Glen Isla was built in around 1885 by Captain James Somerfield Murray – a key figure in Wentworth Falls over 100 years ago. Murray was a captain of ships which sailed between Britain and Australia. He was also the leader of a small team known as the ‘Irish Brigade’ who worked for two years to construct the National Pass – a spectacular bushwalking track completed in 1908 that descends down a 90 metre cliff face to the middle tier of Wentworth Falls. Captain Murray lowered himself over the ledge in a bosun’s chair to survey and assess the cliff. The Brigade completed the work using dynamite, picks and shovels.
Captain Murray married Elizabeth Lilla Murray (pictured) in 1884. Elizabeth came to Australia in 1882 on a P&O ship commanded by Captain Murray. In that same year she was appointed the first matron of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She continued as matron until 1886. Captain & Mrs Murray acquired property in Wentworth Falls during the 1880s and built several houses both for themselves and for letting. ‘Glen Isla’ was one of these letting houses and was built in circa. 1886. It shared an original timber laundry building with another Murray letting cottage next door – ‘St Cyrus’. This laundry building still exists on the property (the locked timber shed in the northern corner of the property).
Over the years, the original house fell into a state of disrepair. In the late 1980s, a previous owner bought and painstakingly restored Glen Isla and the grounds over a number of years. The original cottage was extended to include the additional main bedroom, en-suite, loft and garage in the early 1990s. The house has been beautifully restored and furnished to offer couples and families visiting the Mountains with beautiful accommodation in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains. We are sure that you’ll enjoy your stay with us and will want to return to Glen Isla again and again.
Wentworth Falls – A Local Guide
About Wentworth Falls
Named after the nearby Wentworth Falls (which was named for William Wentworth – one of the men which successfully first crossed the Mountains in 1813), Wentworth Falls is a quaint village in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Be sure not to miss the spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and of course the famous waterfall itself. Wentworth Falls has been a tourist destination for over 130 years and it’s not hard to see why!
Things to Do in Wentworth Falls
- Take the walking track from Wentworth Falls Reserve to the Princes Lookout for a stunning view of the Wentworth Falls themselves as well as the Jamison Valley. One of the most popular walks in the area, the National Pass, skirts the top edge of the Valley of the Waters, along a narrow clay stone ledge perched halfway down the cliff, and then ascends the ridge via a series of sandstone steps built by Peter Mulheran and a group known as “The Irish Brigade” in 1908. The Conservation Hut is an information centre and restaurant in Wentworth Falls leased from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and serves as a starting point for several bush walks in the area.
- Visit Wentworth Falls lake. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and also has a playground area for the kids.
- See the stars with a visit to the Kings Tableland Observatory (55 Hordern St). The Observatory is equipped with a flat screen planetarium and two modern telescopes, housed in a 4 1/2 metre dome. Opening times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 7 pm (8pm during daylight savings).
- Interested in Art? The Kedumba Art Gallery has acquired almost two hundred Australian drawings. Housed in wonderful purpose created space in a circa 1880 building on the grounds of Blue Mountains Grammar School, the gallery has been specifically designed to hold the Kedumba Collection. The Gallery exhibits part of the Kedumba Collection Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm and at weekends by appointment.
- The golf enthusiast can play a round on the 18-hole course at the Wentworth Falls Country Club
- Explore Wentworth Falls village including antique shops, local cafes and bakery
April – Wentworth Falls Autumn Festival