Katoomba

One town I can't keep away from is Katoomba, it has to be one of my favourite villages in the Blue Mountains. 

 

Katoomba is famous for its panoramic views across the Jamieson Valley, Echo Point and the Three Sisters and it is also home to elegant nineteenth century hotels like the Carrington.

Katoomba is also the largest village in the mountains and the administrative centre for the City of the Blue Mountains.
 
Things to see and do.

The Skyway, Scenic World, Scenic Cable & Scenic Railway
- take a ride on the Skyway and the Scenic Railway

Bushwalking Around Katoomba
There many amazing walks to do in the Katoomba area and most are well covered in Bushwalking in the Katoomba Leura Area which is produced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and provides a detailed map of the Katoomba area and descriptions of the walks, so make sure you head to the information centre to pick up a map.

 
Information Center 
-  Visit the Information Centre for information and maps of the Blue Mountains. 
Echo Point 
-  Visit  Echo Point for breath taking views of Jamieson Valley , Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle . There is a short and easy 1 km wheelchair-friendly walk to the Three Sisters and the viewing platform

Walkway
When you reach the bottom of the Scenic Railway there is a 2.4 km elevated boardwalk  which is said to be the longest boardwalk in the southern hemisphere.  The track is in a beautiful rainforest and with sculptures of the history of the coal mines.

The Road Builders Memorial

- Visit The Road Builders Memorial. Which is a collection of five sculptures.  The sculptures represent two  road builders, an overseer and two Aborigines. The sculptures are located at Panorama Drive,  west of Echo Point Road.  The sculptures were founded by the Rotary Club of Katoomba in 2005 to "celebrate the lives of convicts and pioneer families upon whose labour the Australian nation was founded.  

- The sculptures also acknowledge the presence of Darug and Gundungurra people who belong to this land".

- It also is a reminder that "gangs of convicts'' in leg irons worked for over 30 years to create 'The Great Western Highway'  wiith only  basic primitive tools which they endured bitterly cold winters and hot summers. 

Historical Cafe 

- The Paragon Cafe
If the Paragon Cafe is open it is worth your while to visit and enjoyed the beautiful 1930s Art Deco interior, you will feel like you have stepped back in time.

This cafe was one of my daughters favourite place to visit as they made the best milk shakes and it become very well know for its handmade chocolates, Devonshire tea, waffles and my favourite  Belgian hot chocolates.

 

Sadly it closed on 1st of  June, 2018 because the building needed a substantial amount of  work to be done. 

Take a walk around the town. 

- Katoomba is one interesting town, it is full of interesting shops and amazing cafes but it is also home to amazing art. You can make your way down to Beverley Place which is off Waratah Street and discover the most beautiful street art.  

 

 Tourist Park 

Blue Mountains Tourist Park - Katoomba Falls is beautifully located within walking access to the famous Three Sisters, Scenic World Skyway and Katoomba township.

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The Paragon Cafe - Closed 2018
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Art Gallery
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