Mount Victoria

Mount Victoria is a classic town, rich with historic reminders of the time when this was an important staging post for horse-drawn coaches crossing the Blue Mountains. Today it is a popular base for activities and accommodation.

The Mount Victoria and District Historical Society Museum is an amazing collection of Australiana, from the days of explorers and convicts to today. With agricultural implements, natural history exhibits, early photographic equipment, musical instruments and furniture, this museum tells a fascinating story of life in the Blue Mountains over the years.

Mount Victoria - aerial shot - Blue Mountains

The village has a number of historic buildings dating from as far back as the mid 19th century. They include the grand Imperial Hotel, St Peter's Church of England, The Manor House and Toll Keepers Cottage. It was here that a toll was originally charged to travellers crossing the Blue Mountains.

From Mount Victoria the Darling Causeway turns north to join Bells Line of Road, an alternative route to Sydney. Along this route you will find Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, sprawling over 28 hectares. Some 500-plus species are grouped according to geographical origin, from rhododendrons of the Himalayas to the giant lobelias of Mount Kenya and South African proteas.

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden - Mount Tomah

Just off Bells Line of Road, the gorgeous village of Mount Wilson was established over a century ago as a summer retreat for wealthy Sydney families. The village’s avenues planted with elms, beeches, and plane trees that give the town a distinct European flavour. Several gardens are open during spring and autumn garden festivals, some virtually all year round.

From Mount Victoria, Mount Piddington Road takes you to a summit lookout with incredible views over the Kanimbla Valley. From here several bushwalking tracks unspool to the cliffs of Hornes Point and the Fairy Bower reserve. Notable sites on the slopes of Mount Piddington include Coxs Leap and Bushranger Cave.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Contemporary Gallipoli

    Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Katoomba

    Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery will showcase the touring exhibition Contemporary Gallipoli, an exhibition originally created to mark the ANZAC Centenary in April 2015. The…

    21 Nov - 25 Nov
  2. Scenic World presents Dinosaur Valley

    Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Monday 28 January 2019 , Katoomba

    Millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth. Now they’re back! Dinosaur Valley is coming to Scenic World this summer, bringing the Jurassic rainforest to life with prehistoric dinosaurs from November 1 to January 28. Awaken your…

    21 Nov - 28 Jan
  3. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 23 November 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…

    23 Nov - 29 Mar
  4. Ghost Tour Katoomba

    Friday 23 November 2018 to Friday 01 February 2019 , Katoomba

    Shiver in ghoulish delight at deliciously dark tales of murder, mishap, convicts, hangings and more as you explore haunted buildings and abandoned cemeteries on a spine-tingling glimpse behind the rugged landscape to discover the rich and…

    23 Nov - 01 Feb
  5. Old City Bank Bar - Live Music

    Friday 23 November 2018 to Saturday 28 September 2019 , Katoomba

    Come to the Old City Bank Bar for relaxed entertainment in an old English style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Live Music every Friday and Saturday night. Visit their Facebook page for details.…

    23 Nov - 28 Sep
  6. Blue Mountains Radio Players

    Sunday 25 November 2018 , Katoomba

    Come along and enjoy Radio Plays with the Blue Mountains Radio Players. Performances are before a live audience, using mainly scripts transcribed from original performances of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The repertoire includes plays…

    25 Nov