Natural attractions at Katoomba
Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park.You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.
The spectacular scenery of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area surrounds the historic town of Katoomba. Visit the Echo Point Lookout and the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point, and you'll appreciate the beauty of this area - with its famous blue haze that emits from the vast eucalypt forests. For an introduction to the rare plants and animals found only here, don't miss The Edge, a six-storey cinema screen that showcases the grandeur of the Blue Mountains.
Plenty of easy walking trails depart from Katoomba, or you can join a bushwalk with a local guide. Try a new adventure, such as abseiling, rock climbing or caving. And don't miss out on the thrill of a skyway, cableway, or railway ride at Scenic World Blue Mountains for 360-degree views of the magnificent Jamison Valley.
Katoomba has been welcoming visitors for years, with its comfortable hotels and guesthouses, cafes and pubs. Today, stylish contemporary food is on the menu at cafes and restaurants, and you can buy artisan breads, cheese and chocolates from specialty shops. A range of accommodation includes heritage-listed guesthouses, B&Bs, eco-lodges and five-star hotels.
Scenic and secluded, Katoomba offers a change of pace to life in the city - giving you an opportunity to relax, unwind and recharge. It also provides a base from which you can explore the rest of the Blue Mountains region.
Families will get a lot out of Katoomba, as there are plenty of things to see and do. Plus, many of the accommodation options in Katoomba are pet friendly, which means you can take your dog with you on holiday.
Katoomba is also one of Australia's favourite wedding destinations, with plenty of excellent reception venues to choose from. Your photographs will look fantastic with the Three Sisters rock formation looming majestically in the background. And as far as honeymoon destinations go, you can't get much better. Katoomba is renowned for its world class hotels and guesthouses, offering spa facilities, fireplaces, delicious hot breakfasts, fine dining and king size beds.
Meanwhile, lovers of the outdoors will be in paradise, as there are plenty of camping sites and caravan parks dotted around the Blue Mountains region. There are also a number of lovely eco-lodges which make it possible to enjoy a relaxing holiday safe in the knowledge that you're making an environmentally responsible choice.
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A family watches the Scenic World cableway go by, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Image Hugh Hartshorne, Destination NSW
Indulge in luxury at the secluded Spa Sublime, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. Image Darren Edwards, Destination NSW
Marvel at the majestic Katoomba Cascades in Blue Mountains National Park. Image Peter Lik, Destination NSW
Couple having coffee at the Conservation Hut caf. Image Tony Yeates
Friends having high tea at The Carrington, Katoomba
Scenic Skyway passing the Three Sisters, Image Chris Jones
Sunset on the Three Sisters, Echo Point, Katoomba. Image Sally Mayman