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. The Collection: New Acquisitions

    Wednesday 25 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 …

    25 Apr - 06 May
  2. Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

    Wednesday 25 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…

    25 Apr - 06 May
  3. Sculpture Otherwise

    Wednesday 25 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…

    25 Apr - 13 May
  4. Sculpture at Scenic World

    Wednesday 25 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…

    25 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