Katoomba - Top Ten Things to See
The first 3 places are stop offs on the TROLLEY BUS TOUR, which starts at the top of Katoomba Street opposite The Carrington Hotel – tickets ($25) available at the Trolley Shoppe 76 Main Street, opposite Katoomba station. The Hop on Hop off tour takes in 29 attractions around Katoomba and Leura - you can get off at stops of your choice, or stay on the bus - Trolley buses come by every 30 minutes...see this short 5 min video for an overview.
ECHO POINT: One of three top international tourist destinations in Australia, the viewing platform of Echo Point gives a spectacular view of the Three Sisters and deep into the Jamison valley. See what three million visitors see each year, plus there is a short local bushwalk to see newly developed disabled accessible walking tracks. Located at 23-31 Echo Point Road, Katoomba.
SCENIC WORLD: This amazing local business is now in the hands of the third generation of the Hammon family, who have continued its development as a world class attraction of national significance. Situated on the escarpment at Katoomba it includes the famous 'Skyway' cable car with a disappearing floor, and the Scenic Railway which will take you to the bottom of the valley floor where there is a boardwalk through the rainforest. This business supports local products through their extensive shop and hosts a major sculpture exhibition annually. Located at corner of Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba. See this short video clip.
EVERGLADES GARDEN: Paul Sorensen was a Danish trained gardener and landscaper who arrived in Australia in 1914 and subsequently transformed many Mountains gardens. Everglades is commonly regarded as his finest creation. Let’s hope the weather’s good, because this is pure garden magic on a clear day. Located at 37 Everglades Avenue in Leura which is Katoomba's neighbouring village. See this short video clip.
The following 7 places can be seen by walking around Katoomba CBD. Notice the heritage architecture of many of the buildings.
THE CARRINGTON HOTEL: This beautiful and grand old lady of Katoomba continues to provide an anchor for both the community and visitors, playing a front and centre role in local events and festivals. Her library, sitting room, bar and restaurant are both evocative and convivial. And her restaurant is grand and reasonably affordable. Two course dinner $55, drinks extra. Located at 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. See this short video - A Brief Tour & History of The Carrington Hotel.
BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE: Including a regional art gallery, café, library and excellent World Heritage interpretive centre. The centre occupies the top floor over a supermarket with panoramic views over Katoomba & setting. The World Heritage Interpretation is a must-see! Located at 32 Parke Street, Katoomba.
PARAGON CAFÉ: This establishment of national heritage significance retains a century of décor and fittings, making it well worth a visit and more. The Paragon is probably best known for its range of hand made chocolates. Located at 65 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.
HOMINY BAKERY: The home of fantastic bread cakes and pastries – and what could be the best potato sourdough in the whole world. The shop can be found at the low end of Katoomba Street just past Ha'penny Lane. Located at 185 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.
BLUE MOUNTAINS FOOD COOP: One of Australia’s most successful community operated bulk and fresh food outlets - it is a thriving community hub. If you are looking for organic, biodynamic or ethically grown food, you won’t be disappointed. Located at Ha'Penny Lane, Katoomba
KATOOMBA STREET ART WALK: This was a dingy back lane that no-one wanted to enter – until SAMA livened it up with street murals. Attracting local, national and international talent, and curated by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, the main work was done on a frenzied long-weekend during Winter Magic Festival in 2015. Now the murals make it a tourist attraction. Some of the local participating artists have subsequently been able to make a full time living from their street art. Located in Beverly Place (off Waratah Street), Katoomba. See short video.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE: This conversion of a church into café and meeting place (nicely set up for children). Located at 56 Waratah Street, Katoomba.
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