Katoomba

A vibrant and historic town at the heart of the Blue Mountains, Katoomba spoils its guests with spectacular walks and lookouts, rich cultural heritage and great restaurants and bars. Just 90 minutes by car from Sydney, this scenic getaway is famous for its dramatic views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.

On the edge of the cliffs at Echo Point, the iconic Three Sisters defy the elements, standing proudly over the awesome scale of ancient wonder below. Enjoy world-class views at Scenic World, where the Scenic Skyway takes a glass-floored journey over the valley and the Scenic Railway descends to ancient Jurassic rainforest.

The Scenic Skyway cabin at Scenic World Katoomba passing over the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains

There are many ways to explore the sensational views around the town:

  • Cliff Drive route to Narrow Neck in Katoomba
  • Katoomba Falls Round Walk in Katoomba
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk, a gentle track that connects Echo Point to Leura Cascades 
  • Ruined Castle Walking Track, a more challenging walk from the Golden Staircase into the Jamison Valley

You’ll find many restaurants and cafes in Katoomba. Enjoy meals with a view of Echo Point at the The Lookout. Try fine dining at Darley's Restaurant in the century-old Lilianfels House or contemporary cuisine at Pins on Lurlene, set inside a grand 19th century home. Miss Lilian Teahouse serves Asian comfort food and Palette focuses on local produce.

The Blue Mountains Explorer bus passing through Katoomba

Close to Echo Point Visitors Centre, the fascinating Waradah Australian Centre celebrates Aboriginal life and culture. Featuring performance and dance, this absorbing cultural centre is a must see. There is also an art gallery where you can purchase Aboriginal artworks.

With outstanding views of the valley, The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is home to an interactive exhibit of local history and the Blue Mountains Art Gallery. The Street Art Walk in Katoomba displays street art from local and international artists on a tour of Katoomba’s historic streets.

Exterior view of the heritage-listed Carrington Hotel - Katoomba - Blue Mountains

Sample handcrafted Blue Mountains treats at the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. Katoomba is a shopper’s delight, with local handicrafts and fashion, fresh produce, collectibles and antiques. Be sure to check the calendar for events, including the Blue Mountains Music Festival and the Winter Magic Festival.

There are plenty of places to stay in Katoomba. The historic Carrington Hotel is in the centre of town and has been a popular mountain retreat since 1883. Lilianfels Resort and Spa is housed in a historic mansion and looks out over the Three Sisters. There are also many smaller guesthouses and cottages to rent.

Things to do and places to stay

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