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. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 05 April 2018 to Friday 21 September 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…

    05 Apr - 21 Sep
  2. Xylouris White

    Friday 21 September 2018 , Springwood

    Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved …

    21 Sep
  3. Always... Patsy Cline

    Saturday 22 September 2018 , Springwood

    Always…Patsy Cline Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story. Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is bas…

    22 Sep
  4. Wild About Waratahs Festival

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Celebrate the waratah at the popular annual Wild About Waratahs Festival. This year’s festival includes the state-wide waratah bloom competition, local waratah farm open day, guided tours, spectacular wildflower arrangements and plant sales…

    22 Sep - 01 Oct
  5. Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research …

    22 Sep - 23 Sep