The Blue Mountains town of Springwood, 105km west of Sydney and the second-biggest town in the Blue Mountains after Katoomba, was the home for 50 years of the late painter Norman Lindsay.
Lindsay’s lovely home and magnificent garden is open to visitors who might wonder what all the fuss was about when they gaze upon the vivid paintings that adorn the walls. In his time, of course (Lindsay died aged 90 in 1969), the artist was a real thorn in the side of conservatives who were shocked by his explicit drawings, paintings and engravings - principally of well-rounded women.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum was the artist's bequest to the people of Australia, and it is now run by the National Trust. It is well worth a visit - for its atmosphere as much as for the eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures and bric-a-brac on display.
One of the hidden treasures of Springwood is Martin’s Lookout, at the end of Farm Road. The lookout is accessible by car in dry weather and is a short walk from the end of the dirt road. There are also bushwalks to Upper Glenbrook Creek, Blue Pool and Sassafras Gully. Waterfalls in the area include Clarinda, Magdala and Martina Falls at Sassfras Gully.
The classic walk through Fairy Dell starts from Springwood Avenue behind the car park on the south side of the railway line. The shorter route takes you to Picnic Point in about 40 minutes, while the slightly longer route to Lawson's Lookout takes an hour.
Just before Springwood at Valley Heights is the Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. This interesting museum, which opens on the first and third Sunday of each month, is the oldest remaining roundhouse in NSW and is well worth a visit.
Things to do:
Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
Lookout - Martin’s Lookout
Bushwalks - Upper Glenbrook Creek, Blue Pool, Sassafras Gully, Fairy Dell
Waterfalls - Clarinda, Magdala, Martina Falls
In the area:
Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum - Valley Heights