About 66km west of Sydney’s CBD, Glenbrook is the first of the major historic villages you’ll hit on your way up to the top of the Blue Mountains.
Surrounded by some of the most spectacular and famous scenery in Australia in the 100,000ha Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook is geared for holidaymakers, like all the villages up here.
Originally known as Watertank, Glenbrook developed alongside the tanks built to store water for the steam trains chugging up the range. The name was changed to Brookdale in 1878 after a rail passenger platform was built, and it wasn’t until a year later that Glenbrook was officially adopted.
Glenbrook is the base for the most popular bushwalks in the lower reaches of the national park. Details and maps of the walking network are availabled from the well-appointed, local Tourist Information Centre.
High points of the village and its surrounds are the waterfowl Glenbrook Lagoon - reputed to have been formed by a fallen meteorite - and the seemingly indestructible Lennox Bridge. Completed in 1833 by Scottish master mason, David Lennox, it is the second oldest stone arch bridge in Australia.