West of Sydney, Springwood is a mainly suburban centre in the Blue Mountains. Home to the oldest railway station building in the Blue Mountains, Springwood is located between Valley Heights and Faulconbridge on the Blue Mountains railway line, south of Winmalee. It is a useful stopping point on the way to the major tourist centres further up the mountains.
Springwood is on the Great Western Highway. From Sydney, follow signs to Penrith or other locations in the outer Western Suburbs and follow the M4 motorway. The M4 changes into the Great Western Highway around Penrith. Exits to Springwood are clearly marked.
Springwood is on CityRail's Blue Mountains line. Trains from Central station depart from the intercity platforms. Trains to the Blue Mountains run about every 30 minutes at peak times and about hourly at all other times.
Everywhere in the central Springwood area, where the shops are located, can be reached on foot within ten to fifteen minutes. Areas further out, which are mainly residential, can also be walked to but this may take rather more time. A car is easiest, but some buses run in the area.
- Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road. This small art gallery showcases local contemporary artists. The exhibitions change regularly.
- 1 Norman Lindsay Gallery, 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. This gallery and garden features the work of Norman Lindsay, a significant early 20th-century artist who also penned much-loved Australian children's book The Magic Pudding. He worked in a number of mediums, including etching, oils and sculpture. The gallery is on his former property.
- Play golf at the Springwood Country Club, which has an 18-hole course with par 69 (men) or 71 (women). It is on Hawkesbury Road some way out from the main town.
- Take the Fairy Dell walk. This forty minutes to one hour bushwalk heads through ferns and native bushland to Picnic Point and Lawson's Lookout. It starts on Springwood Avenue, behind the carpark at the back of the town square.
- Take a swim at the Springwood Aquatic and Fitness Centre, which includes an 25 metre pool as well as a separate children's leisure pool with waterslide. (The waterslide is only available at certain times - check the website.) Gym facilities including a sauna are also available.
- The shopping is not fantastic in Springwood, but there are several clothing boutiques around, as well as jewellers, homeware stores and various other places. Local markets, where food, plants, crafts and other items are sold, are held at least monthly, mostly on Saturdays.
- Alternative Influence, just opposite the station, stocks lots of incense, candles, clothing, jewellery and so on.
You won't find haute cuisine in Springwood but there are a couple of OK restaurants, as well as many takeaway options and cafés.
- Jade Garden Restaurant, 135 Macquarie Rd, ☏ . Bland Chinese food.
- Springwood Thai Kitchen Restaurant, 100 Macquarie Rd (opposite the station), ☏ . Unremarkable but passable Thai fare.
- There are bistros at the Royal Hotel, Oriental Hotel and Springwood Sports Club.
- There is only one pizza store, Dominos.
- There are a couple of barbequed chicken shops and fish shops around town.
- If you want to cook for yourself there is a supermarket and a butchery (opposite the church). There are also several bakeries.
- There are an increasing number of cafes serving good coffee with a variety of food menus including Cassiopeia, The Bakers Wife and Dbl Ristretto, 212 Macquarie Rd. A great cafe with nice strong coffee.
The two main pubs in Springwood are the Royal Hotel and the Oriental Hotel (known locally as the 'Ori'). Both have a bar and some dining facilities. They are on opposite ends of the main street, Macquarie Road. The Royal is located opposite the train station. To get to the Oriental from the station, cross the road after coming out of the station underpass and turn left. Walk along the footpath and continue until you cross Raymond Road. The Oriental should be in front of you.
If you continue a little further the new bowling club is on the left, but the Oriental is probably the nicest of Springwood's pubs.
- Wentworth Falls
- Take a trip to some of the main attractions of the Blue Mountains in Katoomba, Glenbrook or Blackheath, among other places. Buses and trains (although infrequent) can take you to some of the most popular locations.
- Glenbrook – closer to Sydney