One of the fun parts of my job as a Sydney wedding photographer is location scouting. It’s a good (work) excuse to get out from behind the computer and spend some valuable time surrounded by nature and unwind from the daily grind.
I had a wedding coming up where I wasn’t familiar with the venue or specific area in the Blue Mountains, which is the usual reason for scouting a location ahead of a wedding day.
I drove west up to the Blue Mountains to scout the venue the couple was having their reception at along with the area the couple had mentioned they wanted to use for their wedding photos.
Drive past Katoomba and head towards Blackheath then turn left for Megalong Valley. Its a relatively short drive down the mountain into the valley but it is a windy road. And WOW what a picturesque location Megalong Valley is!
My first stop was Coachwood Glen Nature Trail which is on the left side of Megalong Valley Road before hitting the bottom of the valley. There are two parking spots that lead you into the looping trail. Pictured below is the sign for the first parking lot which can only accommodate 2 cars. You are best to stop at the second carpark noticeable by the arch made of rocks and timber which has room for 3-4 cars. There you will find a beautiful rainforest trail that leads down to the river.
Hopefully, these photos translate the sense of tranquility I felt as I wandered alone through the rainforest exploring the trail down to the riverbed.
My second stop was where the wedding reception was going to be held, the Megalong Valley Community Hall. The trees and the mountains in the backdrop make a stunning location for a Blue Mountains wedding!
This location scouting and wandering through a peaceful rainforest sure worked up an appetite. While you are limited to the one cafe, The Megalong Valley Tearooms, there are ample selections on the menu along with a choice of beverages. There is seating both inside and outside on the deck or at the picnic-style tables in the yard, all with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
I enjoyed the Rueben Sandwich which came with a side of baked potatoes, juice and coffee. I’ve never had a Rueben Sandwich before so have nothing to compare it too but it was totally delicious and the potatoes, if I dare say, were the best Id ever had and I enjoyed the coffee made on Byron Bay beans too.