Beautiful as well as historic, Katoomba combines its five-star natural wonders with a long list of wonderful lifestyle components. Whatever brings you to the Blue Mountains, fresh mountain air, awesome views, a heritage guesthouse or a world-class walk, Katoomba has what you're looking for, just 90 minutes from the heart of Sydney.
On the edge of the cliffs at Katoomba, Echo Point offers dramatic views over the Three Sisters, the iconic heart of the Blue Mountains. As well as its awesome scale, the valley at your feet is an open book of the earth’s history stretching back millions of years.
At nearby Scenic World you'll find of the most sensational rides you’ll ever take, with the Scenic Railway taking you down a near-vertical incline to the depths of the Jamison Valley. Scenic World also includes a 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway through rainforest with plants from the Jurassic period.
Jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey over the Jamieson Valley for superb views of the Three Sisters and the canyons beyond.
Discover more wonders at the end of Minni Ha Ha Road, where a popular hiking trail plunges downhill alongside Yosemite Creek into this Blue Mountains valley with spectacular views from lookouts along the way.
The trail ends at the base of the Minnehaha Falls, which sits within a horseshoe of sandstone cliffs. If it’s warm bring a towel, the swimming hole at the base of the falls is perfect for cooling off.
In the town of Katoomba you will find many restaurants and cafes. Katoomba’s Paragon Café is a traditional favourite, a legend for its afternoon teas as much as for its decor. This opulent, glittering café is an outstanding example of Katoomba's Art Deco style, with ornate panelling, chandeliers and Oriental carpets.
Along with cottages and boutique guest houses, the historic Lilianfels Resort and Spa is a slice of luxury overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in the Blue Mountains.
Held over three days in March, the Blue Mountains Music Festival draws some big names from the world of blues, folk and roots music. Stock up on wholesome, quality produce at the Blue Mountains Food Co-op. This emporium sells certified organic and foods for special dietary needs.
Close to Echo Point Visitors Centre, the fascinating Waradah Aboriginal Centre celebrates Australian Aboriginal life and culture. Featuring performance and dance, this absorbing cultural centre is a must see.