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Fast Facts

Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Katoomba
1.45 hours 102km
Canberra to Katoomba
4.45 hours 342km
Closest Capital City:
Sydney 102kms
Closest Airport:
Sydney 109kms
Elev: 1070m
Activities: Golf, Tennis, Bush Walking, Abseiling, Dining Out, Canyoning, Special events and festivals
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About Katoomba Town Centre

Katoomba is the largest and best known village in the Blue Mountains. Katoomba is located on the edge of the Murchison Valley, about 100km west of Sydney. Katoomba's town centre is brimming with cafes tea rooms and guest houses. It has something for everyone including restaurants, trendy cafes, shopping, antiques and collectables whilst being surrounded by natural beauty.

The area became extremely popular with the opening of a railway station in 1876. In the first half of the 20th century Katoomba was a haven for Sydney society and international guests including royalty with grand hotels such as the Carrington and the famous Paragon Cafe. Katoomba became know as the honeymoon capital of Australia

Recently Katoomba has been undergoing extensive restoration rejuvenating its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

For most people Katoomba is considered the heart of the Blue Mountains offering breathtaking views of the famous 3 sisters and over the Megalong and Jamieson Valleys

The Three Sisters located at Echo Point are considered one of the icon of Australia's nature beauty. Many bush walks start here, including the Three Sisters Walk (1km), Giant Stairway, Prince Henry Cliff Walk (2 km one way), the Rainforest Walk/Furber Steps/Scenic Railway Circuit Walk (2 km, medium difficulty), and the mostly level Echo Point/Prince Henry Cliff Walk/Gordon Falls Walk (5 km, one way) and many others. Bush walking maps are available from the Tourism Information Centre which is also located at Echo Pint.

The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. At night they are floodlit providing a stunning view set against the black mountain night sky.

1879 J.B. North opened the Katoomba Coal Mine. The coal was removed from the side of the mountain near Orphan Rock using a cable car to bring the coal to the top. The famous Scenic Railway now operates in the original cutting in the mountain side providing an exhilarating ride as it plummets from the mountain plateau to the valley floor. The Scenic Railway is the steepest railway incline in the world.

Further along the Great Western Highway to the west of Katoomba is the famous Explorers Tree. The tree has the initials of the famous explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson who were the first to cross the Blue Mountain in 1813.

Places to visit

The 3 Sisters and Echo Point
A visit to Katoomba would be incomplete without visiting the Three Sister at Echo Point. The views of the Blue Mountains are superb from this location including the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle and the vast Jamison Valley. An easy 1km return walk to the Three Sisters provides outstanding views. The walk is suitable for wheelchairs. After dark the 3 sisters are floodlit. It is worth a special trip just to see this magnificent sight.

The Carrington Hotel
Formerly known as the Great Western Hotel it was renamed after Lord Carrington who was a frequent guest. The Carrington was extensively renovated and restored to its former glory, opening its doors to the public again in 1998

The Paragon Cafe
Located on Katoomba Street The Paragon Cafe, is listed by the National Trust. It has a superb 1930's Art Deco interior. Try the Paragon chocolates with a cup of fine coffee.

Scenic Skyway and Railway
The Scenic Skyway crosses the Jamison Valley. Not for the faint-hearted this aerial cable car floats some 275 metres above the valley floor and offers views of the Katoomba Falls and Orphan Rock. The Skyway, was completed in 1958 and was the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Said to be the steepest incline railway in the world the Scenic Railway descend 230 metres into the Jamison Valley via a cable car. At the bottom a 300 metre, wooden boardwalk which extends into the rainforest and is suitable to wheelchairs

Narrow Neck
Narrow Neck Lookout offers a different view of the mountains and is the start of the difficult 8 km return bush walk to the Ruined Castle via the Golden Stairs

Edge Cinema
The giant Edge Movie Cinema has one of the largest cinema screens in the southern hemisphere measuring six stories high. It features its own spectacular Blue Mountains Film ‘The Edge’ which takes you beyond the Three Sisters to explore the rainforests, valleys, rivers and gorges of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. In the evening, the cinema also screens the latest feature films in a much larger format than in regular cinemas.

Cliff Drive
The Cliff Drive winds around the edges of the cliffs to Katoomba, and the Three Sisters. The views across the Megalong and Jamison valleys, the Three Sisters, the Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary are breath taking.


The spring air is fresh and crisp with the average temperature around 15 degrees Celsius.

Summer brings warm days with the occasional cool night. The temperature in the mountains ranges from cool and damp on the forest floors to hot and dry on the plateaus. The summer temperature averages 22 degrees.

Autumn is a wonderful time in the Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of autumn leaves.

During winter the region receives the occasional snowfall turning it into a magical winter playground. The temperature at night can drop as low as -8 degrees Celsius and can rise to a maximum of 18 degrees during the day. The average temperature for winter is 10 degrees.

Mountain weather can be unpredictable and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared for all conditions as you can experience quite rapid changes in weather regardless of the season.

Getting there

By Car
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached either

  • Via Great Western Highway (M4). This is the most direct and it is only a 90 minute drive from Sydney to the centre of the Blue Mountains region.
  • Via the Bells Line of Road through Windsor and Richmond. This road was named after the explorer Archibald Bell, who navigated the route in 1823.

By Train
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Katoomba takes approximately 2 hours. Trains to Central station can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.

By Coach
Several coach companies offer services to the Blue Mountains. There are also shuttle services available from Sydney Airport and the Sydney Metropolitan Area to and from all Blue Mountains accommodation.


Katoomba offers a wide range of accommodation types including luxurious hotel and spa resorts, charming cosy guesthouses, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and houses.

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