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I’ve made no secret of my love for the Blue Mountains region in Australia.  We will often visit on a day trip as a family but sometimes it is nice to visit minus the kids.  Although Lilianfels cater well to children, I rather like enjoying the hotel’s grandeur as a grown-up experience.

Lilianfels beautiful entry to the lounge.

Last year high tea in the lounge proved the perfect treat for my Mum on a mother daughter weekend in the mountains.

High tea in the lounge

Given that Mum is a garden lover, this seat by the window was the perfect spot for her to enjoy her high tea.  See bottom photo for more on the beautiful gardens at Lilianfels.

Don’t look for too long or the calories might get you!

The traditional high tea is served on a three tiered stand and is totally decadent.  Everything looks so petite it is hard to imagine that it can be so filling, but it is and I failed the challenge (probably just as well) and had to ask for a container to take the remaining delicacies home.  It was my duty to trial every piece of the high tea so I could report back to our readers accurately.  Quite frankly, it would have been neglectful to leave anything on the stand.   Are you convinced yet?

The high tea is served with a choice of tea, coffee or for a little bit extra, champagne.   I can recommend the champagne for a totally indulgent experience.


If you simply suffer from too much parent guilt leaving the children at home, then take a look at the equally decadent children’s high tea AJ enjoyed with her BFF on her birthday weekend get away back in 2013

Children’s high tea at Lilianfels Blue Mountains

The high teas are changed regularly but this child friendly high tea had pikelets with jam and cream, fairy bread, chocolate crackles and jelly.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having their own high tea stand.

Children’s high tea Lilianfels Blue Mountains

Please note the girl’s pinky fingers pointed delicately to the side like proper little ladies.


And just to ensure everyone behaves Fred Bear keeps an eye on children in the lounge.  He is irresistibly cuddly and is the hotel’s mascot.


If, after all that indulging you feel ready for a siesta or simply can’t stand the thought of squeezing behind the wheel to drive home, never fear, there are accessible guest rooms available.

Lilianfels accessible guest room.

The accessible guest rooms have all the features necessary for a comfortable stay.  We found the hotel rooms spacious for two people and we had no trouble getting around with BJ’s wheelchair.  Beds were at a good height for transferring.  All the rooms light switches are at lowered heights.

Lilianfels accessible guest room.

BJ likes the job of checking all the hotel’s features.

Lilianfels accessible guest room’s bathroom with shower chair.

The bathroom in the guest room is fully wheelchair accessible with grab rails, hand held shower and shower chair.  The accessible guest rooms are conveniently located close to the lounge and entry to the hotel.  Don’t worry, the rooms are not noisy even though they are so conveniently located, they are off to the side down a corridor.


The lounge at Lilianfels is wheelchair accessible with a lift to the lower level seating (lift is to the right of the stairs).  I would ask for a window seat if possible.

There is parking on site, though not designated disabled parking.  There is some dastardly gravel in the car park which most wheelchair users find a pain.  If the wheelchair user in your party is not the driver there is the ability to drop off at the entrance to the hotel.  There is not too much gravel to navigate so don’t let this put you off, just think of the sweet treats waiting inside.

Lilianfels high teas are very popular so I highly recommend booking in advance by phoning here.

For accommodation bookings contact Lilianfels on 02 4780 1200 

Gardens at Lilianfels, Blue Moutains

We would like to thank Lilianfels for hosting our afternoon tea experience and allowing us to have a sticky beak (inspect) their accessible guest rooms.  Although sweet treats and champagne were involved in this blog post, my enthusiasm is, as always, from a great experience.

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