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. Out of Bounds

    Tuesday 22 May 2018 to Sunday 01 July 2018 , Katoomba

    Out of Bounds, featuring Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, Hannah Bath, Chris Carmody and Nick McKinlay uses play and field studies as creative research tools to look at how the built environment effects the way …

    22 May - 01 Jul
  2. Exhibition: Liminal by Heidi Axelsen

    Tuesday 22 May 2018 to Monday 28 May 2018 , Katoomba

    Heidi Axelsen is well known for her work with partner Hugo Moline, where they make large-scale, site-specific artworks. With Liminal, Axelsen is exhibiting a lesser seen side of her practice – a quiet, beautiful, delicate, reflective series…

    22 May - 28 May
  3. Mary Alice Evatt: Art for the People

    Tuesday 22 May 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018 , Katoomba

    The exhibition features work by Mary Alice Evatt, artist and cultural advocate, who was married to Dr. Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt, Justice of the High Court of Australia and prominent Labor party politician. Evatt was an influential and co…

    22 May - 24 Jun
  4. Colour Run

    Thursday 24 May 2018 to Sunday 17 June 2018 , Springwood

    Louise Blyton, Sarah Breen-Lovett, Fiona Davies, Anne Graham, Beata Geyer, Naomi Oliver, Tom Loveday and Margaret Roberts. Curated by Beata Geyer. Examining the relationship between colour, form and space, the site-responsive exhibition …

    24 May - 17 Jun
  5. Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Leura, Blue Mountains

    Friday 25 May 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018 , Leura

    Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of h…

    25 May - 24 Jun