Katoomba is the main residential centre of Blue Mountains
; it was developed as coal mine site last century. Cutting of the railway line through the mountains transformed a mining site to a holiday resort for wealthy Sydneysiders.
Attractions in the town
Maxvision Cinema located on the Great Western Highway has daily screening of The Edge. Access to Maxvision Cinema is through Civic Place. Markets are present at the Civic Centre, Katoomba Street. Markets are held on every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. In the month of February Blue Mountains festival of folk, roots and blues is conducted.
Attractions in the Area
Excellent Bushwalking, cycling, abseiling and 4wd tracks are present. Towards the West there is Explorers tree on which initials are carved.
Towards the South of town one can find three sisters rock formation. Orphan rock and katoomba falls are also present near to Katoomba. Blue Mountains scenic world is present at the corner of Violet Street and Cliff drive, Katoomba. Skyway which travels 350 m across the girge is the first horizontal passenger carrying ropeway in Australia. Scenic railway built in the year 1876 is thought to be the world`s steepest railway.
The Three Sisters
- Viewing the Three Sisters is a must when you tour this part of the country. Located at Katoomba the Echo Point lookout gives you an amazing view as during the day the character of the Three Sisters changes according to the light. At night there is flood lighting which give a very different view altogether. Whilst there you can learn more about the natural rock formations and the Dreamtime Stories which are well worth a read. Paula Duggan
- The Blue Mountains attract many visitors each year and Katoomba is well known as the most visited town in the area. First a coal mining town today the many attractions here are a far cry from those days. The famous Carrington Hotel is worth seeing and it is like stepping back in time. For a bit of adventure the Scenic Railway boasts the steepest railway incline in the world and as the name suggests the scenery is amazing. There are many other attractions here and a day would not be long enough to enjoy all that is on offer. Paula Duggan