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. Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox - Inferius

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Katoomba

    Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius is Freedom Wilson’s new body of work which raises awareness of the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid (Diuris aequalis). Orchids have evolved highly complex ecological partnerships over millennia.…

    20 Sep - 07 Oct
  2. Blue Mountains Botanica

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Katoomba

    For more than two centuries the unique vegetation of the Blue Mountains region has provided a rich treasure trove for some of Australia’s most notable botanists and botanical illustrators. By naming and documenting a myriad of plant species…

    20 Sep - 14 Oct
  3. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 21 September 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…

    21 Sep - 29 Mar
  4. Varuna Open House

    Sunday 23 September 2018 , Katoomba

    Varuna, the National Writers House is one of Katoomba’s most special places. This is a rare opportunity for the public to come and visit this very unique place, get a sense of what it’s like to work at Varuna as a writer, and find out more …

    23 Sep
  5. Risque Revue

    Friday 28 September 2018 , Katoomba

    Indulge yourself at the Risqué Revue, a magnificent production show set in the heart of Paris. Risqué Revue is a multi-act theatrical production that pays homage to famous French cabaret shows like Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse, and while r…

    28 Sep