Home to the iconic Three Sisters, the Katoomba area is at the heart of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Only 90 minutes by car or two hours by train from Sydney, you’ll find towns with breathtaking walks, rich heritage, great restaurants and pubs with wrap-around views.
From secluded cottages to luxury resorts, the Katoomba area offers accommodation for relaxing or exploring the surrounding natural attractions. Approaching the town of Katoomba from Sydney, you’ll pass the historic villages of Faulconbridge, Springwood and Leura, with Blackheath and Mount Victoria towards the western edge.
Breathtaking bushwalks unfurl from every town. From the panoramic Echo Point, walks include the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Leura Cascades. Blackheath’s Govetts Leap offers sensational views and hikes. Lyrebird Dell walking track near Leura leads to a cave site of Aboriginal significance before arriving at Pool of Siloam.
Adventure tours will show you a side of the Blue Mountains that few get to see. Blue Mountains Adventure Company and High N Wild Australian Adventures will have you abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning and bushwalking in stunning wilderness. At Scenic World in Katoomba you can catch the glass-floored Scenic Skyway high above the valley.
The Katoomba area is rich with both natural and cultural history. Discover Aboriginal Cave art on the Red Hands Walk near Springwood. The Waradah Australian Centre in Katoomba is home to captivating indigenous performances. There is also a gallery where you can purchase authentic Aboriginal artworks.
Visit the home of legendary artist Norman Lindsay, who lived in Faulconbridge for nearly 60 years. His home is now a gallery full of his paintings and sculptures. Take a tour and visit the museum at Mount Victoria, a former staging post for horse-drawn coaches. Admire vibrant murals on Katoomba’s Street Art Walk.
You’ll find many intimate restaurants and bars nestled in historic venues through the Katoomba area. Enjoy fine dining at Darley's Restaurant, in the century-old Lilianfels House. The iconic 1904 Hydro Majestic serves meals with a spectacular view of Megalong Valley. For modern flavours, visit the one-hat Fumo in Blackheath.
With a viewing platform over the spectacular Jamison Valley, you’ll find the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, home to the Blue Mountains Art Gallery and Into the Blue – an interactive journey through the incredible history of this magnificent area.