Katoomba Area

Katoomba, two hours from Sydney by train, is home to some of the Blue Mountain's most stunning natural attractions. Enjoy stunning panoramas and the Three Sisters at Echo Point Lookout. Nearby is Scenic World, where the world’s steepest passenger railway, the Scenic Railway turns the thrill factor up by descending more than 300 metres through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest on the floor of the Jamison Valley.

At Katoomba’s Echo Point, the towering rock stacks of The Three Sisters have defied the elements, standing tall and strong while the cliffs eroded around them. According to Aboriginal dreamtime legend, three beautiful sisters were turned to stone by powerful magic to save them from marriage to three brothers, a transgression of tribal law.

Scenic Skyway, Scenic World in Katoomba, Blue Mountains

With its wide choice of places to stay and dining options the Katoomba area makes a great base for exploring the surrounding towns, including Faulconbridge, Springwood, Leura, Blackheath, Mount Victoria and the Megalong Valley. Boutique guesthouses are a local specialty.

Hiking, mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing, caving and horse riding are just some of the selections from the region’s wide repertoire of adventure activities. Local adventure operators have the equipment and expertise to take you of the beaten track and show you a side of the Blue Mountains that few are ever privileged to see.

Cliff Drive is a looping, swooping, roller-coaster road that hugs the edge of the cliffs high above the Jamison and Megalong Valley, with never a dull moment in all its 22 kilometres. The drive links several famous attractions including the Three Sisters at Echo Point and the Scenic Railway.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Moments of Magic

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond. The exhibition showcases…

    26 Apr - 30 Apr
  2. Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Katoomba

    In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a six week artist residen…

    26 Apr - 06 May
  3. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the da…

    26 Apr - 29 Apr
  4. Rebecca Waterstone: Near and Far

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Springwood

    This exhibition explores place, distance and the powerful presence of mountains, both in Australia (Blue Mountains), and Scotland (Highlands / Isle of Skye). These themes are investigated through distilled imagery and colour fields, sensory…

    26 Apr - 20 May
  5. Sculpture at Scenic World

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Katoomba

    Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 35 artworks from local, national and international artists. Perfect for art l…

    26 Apr - 13 May