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. Loyalty to the Cockroach - Mathilda Robba

    Thursday 07 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    The cockroach can survive being submerged under water for half an hour.  It can live for a week without its head. It can survive a nuclear explosion because of its simple body structure and slow cell cycles. It has never been known to be…

    07 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. In Passing - Jean-Luc Batchelor

    Thursday 07 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    Pieces that people normally only get a fleeting moment to interact with presented in a manner to encourage further viewing. Stickers attached to street signs, posters on bus shelters, images on shirts – these pieces of art are barely…

    07 Feb - 24 Feb
  3. Hydro Express High Tea

    Sunday 24 February 2019 , Katoomba Area

    The Hydro Express will revisit the original Blue Mountains party palace for a 1920s-themed afternoon high tea as a Roaring 20s Festival event. Upon arrival, passengers bedecked in elegant 1920s attire will nibble on a selection of petite…

    24 Feb
  4. Drawing, Painting Classes for Adults

    Monday 25 February 2019 to Monday 01 April 2019 , Katoomba Area

    Do you want to learn how to draw and paint as a hobby or even take your skill to a professional level? This is a less intensive and relaxed class suitable for hobbyists and those who would like to enjoy the experience of painting in a…

    25 Feb - 01 Apr
  5. Sensory Concert

    Monday 25 February 2019 to Monday 04 March 2019 , Katoomba Area

    People with sensory issues that prevent them from attending public events such as concerts can immerse themselves in a specially designed live music performance. To be held on a weekday during school holidays to cater for aged care…

    25 Feb - 04 Mar