Katoomba Travel Guide

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Katoomba Things to Do

  • The tourist "bus"

    This is a good way to get familiar with the area.It begins at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Street, Katoomba each hour travelling to 29 Great Local Attractions around the Katoomba and Leura World Heritage area. The tour runs daily and includes full commentary on the history of the Blue Mountains and will stop anywhere on route for photo...

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  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk - part one

    This cliff top walk, if done in its entirety, is probably all you'd want to do in a day. You'd certainly want to allocate 4 hours for the chore.Having said that, most people opt to do just a part of it, as we did, and loop back on another trail.It stretches from Scenic World all the way around to beyond Leura, en route taking in some of the best...

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  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk

    This is the most scenic of all the walks in the Blue Mountains and goes from Katoomba to Leura, covering the top of the cliff line and many of the major lookouts. With photogenic vistas and waterfalls all along the way, the views of the Jamison Valley are unsurpassed. Time should be set aside to dawdle along the cliffs and soak up the serenity of...

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  • ENJOY THE BIRD AND WILDLIFE IN THESE...

    Apart from being such a wonderful huge area of Wilderness, these combined National Parks here including the Blue Mountains National park are a great place for "birdwatchers". Also spotting the many animal wildlife and also a lot of reptiles that are located within the National Parks lizards, wallabies, wombats, snakes, There are so many birds to...

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  • Abseil off a Blue Mountain!

    A fantastic experience. Join a group of fun fellow adventurers to enjoy a site that not only offers a variety of abseiling, but spectacular Mountains views as well. Both jumps start with safety lessons and all guides are fully trained and certified.

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  • Scenic World

    In 1884, Katoomba was a small little mining village, and its main mine was deep in the heart of the Blue Mountains. This mine was responsible for 20,000 tons of coal that year, and it came with some significant challenges. How to haul the coal up to the top of the valley was the key concern, so they added a "skip" to carry the coal up. As the mine...

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Katoomba Restaurants

  • French restaurant in Katoomba

    Again, as a Francophile I was just curious when I noticed this place... we didn't have the chance to have a meal here, but the prices seemed more reasonable than at Leura - for example, 2 courses for $35, 3 courses for $40. The restaurant is located a former church, with some leadlight windows still remaining, and a nice cathedral ceiling inside....

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  • Don't forget the chocolate

    This is an old style cafe/restaurant whose list of celebrities that have visited is substantial. Many of their pictures adorn the picture skirting board above the Greek bas reliefs that adorn the wall.This is a place with atmosphere in the old style. Bench seats of polished wood and solid cutlery point to an era of fine dining that is hanging on...

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  • Delious, Fresh, Organic Food

    Common Ground Cafe is a local restuarnat run by a religious sect in the area. They believe in fresh organic food and only serve food that is made and grown by the group. At first I was thinking "Oh boy a bunch of religious wackos growing food on a commune" but we decided to try it anyway.Walking into the place made me think of Lord of the Rings...

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Katoomba Nightlife

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    by chinapossum Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Ok, so this is not what you were expecting but apart from the Clarendon Hotel with its old world charm and pricey drinks there's not much to do of a nighttime except go for a walk around town and feed the possums.

    Possums will eat bananas, avocardo, oat slices, dates, cherries, and so on. Don't feed them cheese or bread as it's apparently not good for them.

    Dress Code: Keep warm in winter with a good coat and a scarf

    Local possum eats banana
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Katoomba Transportation

  • TAKE A TRAIN RIDE FROM THE CITY TO...

    KATOOMBA You know it's not such a long ride from the City to Katoomba.This depends on the amount of stops usually about 90 minutes or more..There is nothing like the coolness of the mountains on a really hot sydney summers day. Trains leave Central Railways station every hour (just check timetables) especially on weekends as some times there is...

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  • Trolley Tours Again

    As one of the organizers of the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba, I can happily recommend the Blue Mountains Trolley Service. They play a very strong and positive role in the local community and this service is the perfect way to get around once you get to Katoomba

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  • Rail / Bus Ticket

    There is no advantage in buying a combined bus and rail ticket for Katoomba. In fact, it is less expensive to buy the rail ticket and join up with Blue Mountains Trolley Tours when you arrive (see image Giant Chess is played each weekend on Carrington Hotel forecourt at top of town),

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Katoomba Shopping

  • PICTURE PERFECT

    If you have ever dreamed of dressing up as a bushranger or gangster, or as a show girl or crinnolined lady then this is the place for youindulge your fantasy from the selection of costumes, and the photographer will set the scene and take several shots for you to choose from, the photographs are then transformed by computer into sepia tinted...

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  • HATS OFF

    Akubra hats are one of the symbols of Australia, and the Hattery has a great selection of them. The poor lady who served us was really patient, my husband must have tried every style of hat at least once, and she was very honest about what did and didnt suit himthere was no pressure for him to buy the more expensive ones, in fact the one we all...

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  • Yes there are two supermarkets

    A lot of people arrive in Katoomba wanting to post letters or buy some cornflakes, but cannot find either the postoffice or the supermarket. These are tucked away behind the facade of shops on Katoomba Street.

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Katoomba Local Customs

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    by DennyP Written Nov 14, 2011

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    When hiking in these wonderful National parks BEWARE of the dangers that are here...Hikers that choose to spend a long time in these national parks should be very experieced and well equipped with all the neccesary equipment that is needed. Have good communication, good clothing, good camping equipment,
    Besides the normal dangers that are in these parks The biggest Danger to be aware of is FIRE Whenever building camp fires make sure that the area surrounding the campfire is clear of litter and when finished with the fire make sure that it is completely extinguished. The summertime here in australia sees the bushland tinder dry and very combustible...Cigarettes are another worry...PLease make sure that they are completely OUT. These are a constant problems for residents living by National Parks.
    Please take advice of bush fire warnings and fire alerts..

    YOU DONT WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE OF THESE. TURNS NIGHT TO DAY VERY QUICKLY..BE CAREFUL HAPPENS SO QUICKLY
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Katoomba Warnings and Dangers

  • Things to take

    When you are going walking in the Blue Mountains may I urge you to take a few things - (a) Some liquid (not alcohol); (b) a map of your route; (c) if you're doing some serious walking, an Epirb.Even if you only plan to walk the cliff top routes, you might think they're relatively flat - they're not! Every walk in the Blue Mountains is undulating to...

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  • WHEN HIKING BE PREPARED DON'T GET...

    BE AWARE These many National Parks here are a very popular place for bushwalkers and hikers but are not without their dangersThese are huge areas of bushland. When doing some serious hiking or even just out bushwalking make sure that you are well prepared . Many people come to these National Parks from foreign countries and aren't prepared for the...

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  • Falling off cliffs

    People get blown off the cliffs regularly (you can read back issues of the local paper in the library) and DO NOT SURVIVE the 900+ metre plummet!!! Strong gusts of wind can arrive at any moment, and all you need is to lose your balance... There are railings provided to hang onto in most places. Or else bring a paracute...

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Katoomba Tourist Traps

  • Scenic World Discovery 'Options' no...

    We turned up at 11am on a weekday, to take 4 of our 'children' and two visiting families on the new Scenic Railway; as locals, we have visited and ridden the previous railway at least once a year, taking tourist friends. After waiting in the line for over an hour, at the counter we are informed that you can't just ride on one attraction, you must...

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  • Scenic Railway Family Passes

    A family pass for the scenic railway would be for two adults and 2 children under 13 years of age. We got on at the bottom and had to pay at the top. I'm pretty sure there was no mention of ticket pricing or ages on the signage at the bottom. Our two children are over 13, so a one way fare on the railway (ride lasts around 2 minutes) was $40.00 -...

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  • Avoid Scenic Skyway, take the train

    Do not take the Scenic Skyway cable car (http://www.scenicworld.com.au/). It's not worth the money. If you have the time, you can take the Skyway, do a walk, and come back with the Scenic Railway train. The Scenic Railway train is much more exciting.

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Katoomba What to Pack

  • CARRY A GOOD INSECT REPELLANT

    EVEN IF JUST OUT FOR THE DAY WALKING HERE IN THESE NATIONAL PARKS: CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK WITH SOME ESENTIAL ITEMS:ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH DRINKING WATERA GOOD INSECT AND MOSQUITOREPELLANT GOOD HIKING/WALKING BOOTS: HIGH BOOTS TO AVOID SNAKE STRIKESOME WETWEATHER GEAR:PREFERABLY A PONCHO THAT WILL COVER YOU AND YOUR PACK.A WARM JACKET AS...

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  • DONT FORGET...........

    .......a daypack, you must carry water when you are walking, and youll need somewhere to carry your maps, packed lunch, waterproof etc........... ........good walking boots and waterproof gear, you may need gloves [ it can get cold here ]............ .......a small first aid kit is always useful........ .........so many photo opportunities ! a...

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Katoomba Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunset Rock - Mount Victoria

    At the western end of Mount Victoria, is a turnoff on the left into Grand View Rd. Near its end you'll come to Beaufort Ave, but leave your vehicle at the intersection because there's no parking and it's a dead end, which leads to this fine lookout over Wilsons Gully.As suggested, if the clouds are right it's a good place to view sunsets looking...

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  • Anvil Rock

    This is yet another scenic lookout. It's located beyond Pulpit Rock right at the end of a dirt road. There's not a lot of parking here but, then again, there's not a lot of tourists either; though there is a steady trickle.The views are worthy of the effort and the walk is only about 100 metres so anyone can do it. The rock itself isn't that...

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  • Reinitz continued

    Having done the walk I can let you know a couple of things. I didn't include the fact that the walk is labelled "easy". Take it from me, it's definitely not! The zig-zag is steep and rocky and then the trail through the pass is almost indiscernable in places, sometimes overgrown with ferns. Then it gets hard as you slog up towards Ross Cave. It's...

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Katoomba Favorites

  • Pulpit Rock - near Govetts Leap

    If you want to get the best experience with cliffs up close and personal (other than abseiling) then this is the spot. The drama of the vertical drop is right before your eyes and somehow has a power that is reproduced nowhere else I’ve been. Of course, it’s all so much better if your camera is working properly. My main lens had died so I was...

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  • A different viewpoint

    I remember a noted writer and T.V. presenter suggesting that you should always look back so as not to miss a photo opportunity. She cited an example in her book and had produced a wonderful shot of the Napalese foothills.I mention this because I deliberately did the Grand Canyon loop in a different direction this time to my previous few trips and,...

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  • Birds of the Blue Mountains

    There's a lot of bird life in the Blue Mountains. In different parts you'll find different species. For instance, you're likely to see yellow tailed black cockatoos along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk but not over at Govetts Leap.The yellow tufted honeyeater can be spied on the western slopes but you're more likely to see New Holland honeyeaters...

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