Katoomba

Beautiful as well as historic, Katoomba combines its five-star natural wonders with a long list of wonderful lifestyle components. With fresh mountain air, awesome views, a heritage guesthouse or a world-class walk, Katoomba has what you're looking for, just 90 minutes from the heart of Sydney

On the edge of the cliffs at Katoomba, Echo Point offers dramatic views over the Three Sisters, the iconic heart of the Blue Mountains. As well as its awesome scale, the valley at your feet is an open book of the earth’s history stretching back millions of years. 

Scenic World Skyway - Katoomba Area

At nearby Scenic World you'll find of the most sensational rides you’ll ever take, with the Scenic Railway taking you down a near-vertical incline to the depths of the Jamison Valley. Scenic World also includes a 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway through rainforest with plants from the Jurassic period.

Jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey over the Jamieson Valley for superb views of the Three Sisters and the canyons beyond. Discover more wonders at the end of Minni Ha Ha Road, where a popular hiking trail plunges downhill alongside Yosemite Creek into this Blue Mountains valley with spectacular views from lookouts along the way.

Sun setting over Katoomba and the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park

In the town of Katoomba you will find many restaurants and cafes. Katoomba’s Paragon Café is a traditional favourite, a legend for its afternoon teas as much as for its decor. This opulent, glittering café is an outstanding example of Katoomba's Art Deco style, with ornate panelling, chandeliers and Oriental carpets.

Along with cottages and boutique guest houses, the historic Lilianfels Resort and Spa is a slice of luxury overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in the Blue Mountains.

Lilianfels Resort and Spa - Katoomba

Held over three days in March, the Blue Mountains Music Festival draws some big names from the world of blues, folk and roots music. Stock up on wholesome, quality produce at the Blue Mountains Food Co-op. This emporium sells certified organic and foods for special dietary needs.

Close to Echo Point Visitors Centre, the fascinating Waradah Aboriginal Centre celebrates Australian Aboriginal life and culture.  Featuring performance and dance, this absorbing cultural centre is a must see. 

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  1. The Collection: New Acquisitions

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Katoomba

    The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection is continuously growing. Each artwork is selected based on its excellence, relevance, value and ability to celebrate the cultural identity of the Blue Mountains. The exhibition Blue Mountains …

    26 Apr - 06 May
  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. Sculpture Otherwise

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Katoomba

    Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World this year. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works b…

    26 Apr - 13 May
  4. 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
  5. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Friday 29 March 2019 , Katoomba

    Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon. Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to-di…

    27 Apr - 29 Mar
  6. Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Katoomba

    Varuna the National Writers’ House is hosting exciting Sydney Writers’ Festival events from 27-30 April in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, featuring bestselling national and international writers. The festival also gives the community a chanc…

    27 Apr - 30 Apr