Blaxland is a thriving community situated in the Blue Mountains of NSW. Blaxland is around 40 mins drive from Katoomba and also 10 mins from Penrith. Blaxland is a successful community with churches, a shopping centre, Many sports teams including Soccer, Football, Hockey and Cricket Clubs, Various Community Groups, a public library, children’s play centres, bush fire brigade, Blaxland chamber of commerce and also a small industrial park which is home to many local services including Builders, Electricians and Plumbers in Blaxland.
Blaxland has several Cafes, Restaurants, Bottleshops a Hardware Store and several petrol stations and is home to the Lapstone Hotel.
The main shopping centre provides incredibly well for the community, and a smaller sized mall at East Blaxland is great for the essential items.
There are 3 schools in the Blaxland area which include Blaxland High School, Blaxland Public School and Blaxland East Public School.
East Blaxland lies along the Old Bathurst Road. This section of the Old Bathurst Roadway joins the Great Western Freeway in between Blaxland and also Emu Plains. Still used today, the road features some extremely steep, sharp bends and is quite a fun drive.
Blaxland is the only town within the Blue Mountains with a McDonald’s Family members Dining establishment. Other McDonald’s Dining establishments are located in Emu Plains as well as Lithgow.
The remains behind McDonald’s Blaxland are a suggestion of the community’s beginnings. They tell the tale of Pilgrim Inn developed by Barnett Levey, a free immigrant Jew who obtained one of the very first land grants in 1825.
Blaxland was originally named Wascoe after the family of John Outrim Wascoe that held a permit for the Pilgrim Inn. This however was not the original Explorer Inn, yet a 2nd Explorer Inn which was constructed in Blaxland The initial Pilgrim Inn was located at the joint of the three early roads – Cox’s Road, Mitchell’s Pass as well as Old Bathurst Roadway. The community’s name was altered to Blaxland in 1914 after Gregory Blaxland – one of the popular explorers to initially cross the Blue Mountains.
Things To Do in Blaxland.
Being based in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park, Blaxland is privileged to have endless walking trails, lookouts and native wildlife.
Open 10.30 am the initial Sunday each month (excluding January) is the Wascoe Exterior Siding Miniature Train. The mini trains are driven by a variety of heavy steam, diesel or electric locomotives. This is a wonderful experience for the entire household. The railway lies in Grahame Street.
The Bicentennial Quilt is displayed at the Blaxland Public Library, located in Hope Street. The quilt includes numerous squares, each depicting a different facet of the Blue Mountains. The quilt was crafted by numerous local volunteers and took around 18 months to finish.
Simply off the Great Western Freeway in St John’s Road is Blaxland Oval, home of several local sports teams and also includes a skate park. Blaxland also features numerous little parks including Blaxland Park opposite Blaxland Primary School and Lennox Park off Matthew Parade. In East Blaxland there is also Thomas Park on Boorea Road, as well as Robertswood Park along Robertswood Roadway.