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Katoomba & the Blue Mountains
Katoomba is the heart of the Blue Mountains
A derivative of the Aboriginal word ‘Kedumba’ meaning ‘shiny, falling waters’ after the natural beauty of the area.
Katoomba is the heart of the Blue Mountains, is a derivative of the Aboriginal word ‘Kedumba’ meaning ‘shiny, falling waters’ after the natural beauty of the area.
The most visited town in the Mountains area, Katoomba is also a place where history, the arts, breath-taking natural scenery and cafe culture merge.
Katoomba Heritage Walk is one of the best ways to explore the area, where you can visit historic Federation style buildings, galleries, cafes, antique shops and even the cinema, The Edge Cinema. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants open at night in the main street and Katoomba murals are a must see, produced tell tales of past events or to celebrate of life Katoomba.
Major FESTIVALS IN KATOOMBA include the Blue Mountains Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues , Katoomba’s Wines of the West Festival, Chestnuts in the Mist, Six Foot Track Marathon, Artstreet, Songlines Festival, and the Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba’s Big Winter Party! in June.
The famous SCENIC RAILWAY operates in the original cutting of the old Coal Mine in the mountain side.
The first hotel in Katoomba was erected in 1882, known as the ‘The Carrington’ and underwent a major renovation and re-opened to the public in 1998.
You will also find the Katoomba Bowling Club, the Showground and plenty of picnic locations at Melrose Park, Harold Hodgson Park and Burea Park in Katoomba’s North.
West of Katoomba is the famous Explorers Marked Tree on the Great Western Highway. The tree has the initials of the famous explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson dated 1813.
Behind the tree at the top of Pulpit Hill you will see around 20 heaps of stones. It is believed that these mark the graves of convicts who died while working on the building of Cox’s Road.
A short drive takes you to THE THREE SISTERS at Echo Point and YOSEMITE PARK.
About the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains can be whatever you want it to be whatever you’re looking for, you can find it here.
You might find yourself eating a la carte in art deco cafes and watching the world go by… Perhaps you want to watch the sun set over the plateau. Maybe you want to find a place that feels like no one has ever discovered it before.
Set amongst one of the most beautiful heritage areas in the world, the Blue Mountains consists of 27 towns and villages among 10, 000 square feet of national parks and conservation areas. Any experience, from cosmopolitan living to canyoning, is offered.
The major town is Katoomba. At 1000 feet above sea level, and home to the Three Sisters, it’s the most popular destination for tourists. Gaze over the valley at Echo Point, ride down to the boardwalk on the valley floor at Scenic World, or sip cocktails on the Carrington Hotel verandah, the most popular honeymoon spot of the 1920s. Take a walk up to the Explorers’ Tree, where Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson marked their names when they first came over the mountains in 1813.
Next to Katoomba is the town of Leura. Long the destination of sophisticated weekenders, Leura is known for its classy shops and cherry blossom mall. The Prince Henry Cliff Walk is a beautiful way to get from Katoomba to Leura.
Wentworth Fallshas some of the best walks in the mountains, starting at the Conservation Hut. Discover the beauty of Lillian’s Glen or the unique Australian bush at Edinburgh Castle Rock.
Further west is the township of Blackheath, doyen of a great football team and Sunday markets. The Grand Canyon walk starts from here, and the views from Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout are not to be missed.
If you have a car, you can discover some of the smaller towns of the Blue Mountains. Further west is picture perfect Hartley, with colonial buildings and rolling hills. Or head out to the stunning Jenolan Caves and discover what it looks like underground. On your way back to Sydney, you can stop off for a cup of coffee at Glenbrook before leaving the misty mountains for a while.
Local areas around Katomba that you should visit:
- Blackheath is one of the highest towns above sea level in the Blue Mountains.
- Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains is home to the Norman Lindsay Gallery.
- Leura in the Blue Mountains is the ideal location for bushwalks.
- Megalong Valley located in the Blue Mountains is perfect for Horse Riding.
- Mount Victoria is located in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
- Springwood is a small town located in the Blue Mountains.
- Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains is the perfect base to explore the area.
VisitNSW.com has more information on things to do in the Blue Mountains