KATOOMBA At A Glance
Set amid the incredible Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba is where adventure and exploration begins. Steeped in history, Katoomba’s laid-back bohemian vibe and penchant for heart pumping activities makes it a great tourist destination and a captivating place to call home.
The laid-back lifestyle in the world heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
It’s worth becoming a member of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, they sell fresh, organic produce and The Carrington is a popular drinking spot.
The Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point attracts approximately four million visitors a year.
Where bohemia meets adventure, Katoomba is an intriguing mountain city that has an endearing charm – art deco streetscapes, family-owned stores, and a burgeoning arts and music scene. The rugged beauty of the Australian bush that surrounds Katoomba inspires many creative souls and outdoor adventurers.
A small-village vibe underpins Katoomba’s starring role as the tourism hub of the Blue Mountains region. There are plenty of brand-name stores and eateries and, if you venture away from the main strip, there is an impressive line-up of activities waiting for you. You can visit Scenic World, Echo Point or go hiking, canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing and mountain biking.
Katoomba has a lively arts scene – it’s home to poets, writers, artists and musicians. There is live music in bars and restaurants or you can listen to the buskers dotted along Katoomba Street. There are reminders of the Blue Mountains region’s indigenous, colonial and mining heritage in sculptures and architecture throughout the city.
A city that is surrounded by the incredible beauty of the world heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba is a place for nature lovers and adventurers. The locals prefer to take a back seat and enjoy the quiet, laid-back lifestyle.
Katoomba has been a long-time favourite with creatives, adventurers and environmentalists, but with increasing property prices in Sydney, more and more Sydneysiders are looking to the Blue Mountains to settle permanently. Young families and professionals who don’t mind the commute are moving in next to those who have opted out of city life.
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BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Bordering the world heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, locals have access to an abundance of hiking trails and adventure activities. Visitors come by the busload to view Echo Point, the Three Sisters and the incredible vistas of the Jamieson Valley.
Katoomba is the gateway to many adventure activities especially hiking, canyoning, abseiling, rock climbing and mountain biking. For those looking for something a little more low-key, Scenic World operates the steepest passenger railway in the world or there are short bushwalks that lead you to jaw-dropping views.
With charming art deco facades, adventure companies and backpacker hostels sit alongside cafés, restaurants and bars. With three large supermarkets and an abundance of mechanic shops, this is where many Blue Mountains adventures start.
Beautifully restored colonial cottages, Art Deco and estate homes sit alongside Federation and classic double-brick abodes. Backing onto bushland or boasting views over the valley, many of the homes in Katoomba are heritage listed, while others have been retained for their aesthetic appeal. Tourism has led many people to convert their homes into bed and breakfasts, but most are used as permanent homes or weekend getaways.