The Annual Blackheath Rhododendron Festival is fast approaching……

The annual Blackheath Rhododendron Festival (the “Rhodo” festival to the locals J) is held on the first weekend in November and is the longest running festival in the Southern hemisphere. The whole town of Blackheath is awash with the glory of crimson, pink and red rhododendrons but nowhere are they more beautiful than in the spectacular Campbell gardens at the Northern end of Wentworth St.

The festival commences with the Grand Opening and Crowning of the Princess on Friday 23 October at the New Ivanhoe Hotel and builds to a crescendo on Saturday 7 November with the Grand Parade through the town where decorated horses will lead a string of bands and locals all dressed up.


Blackheath Gardens is the place to be on Saturday 7thNovember where you will find stalls selling everything from local produce to arts & crafts, plants and of course the ubiquitous sausage sizzle and fairy floss.

Stand by and watch the Blue Mountains and Australia’s finest use their rippling muscles in the national roof bolting and coal shovelling competitions.

If you are looking for a more relaxed experience, then head to Phillips Hall for the Art exhibition where local amateur and professional artists will be exhibiting and selling their works. This year there is even a photographic exhibition. The art show actually opens on Friday 30 October and closes on Sunday 8 November.

There is so much to see and do in Blackheath in November – a beautiful time of year in the Blue Mountains.

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