Blaxland is around 40 minutes drive from Katoomba and 10 minutes from Penrith. Blaxland is a thriving community with churches, shopping centre, community groups, a library, children's play centres, bush fire brigade, chamber of commerce and a small industrial area.
Blaxland also offers several restaurants.The main shopping centre caters extremely well for the community, and a smaller shopping centre at East Blaxland is great for the essential items.
East Blaxland is located along the Old Bathurst Road. This section of the Old Bathurst Road joins the Great Western Highway between Blaxland and Emu Plains. Still used today, the road features some extremely steep, sharp bends.
Blaxland is the only town within the Blue Mountains with a McDonald's Family Restaurant. Other McDonald's Restaurants are located in Emu Plains and Lithgow.
The ruins behind McDonald's Blaxland are a reminder of the town's beginnings. They tell the story of Pilgrim Inn built by Barnett Levey, a free immigrant Jew who received one of the first land grants in 1825.