Katoomba is one of the most visited towns in the Blue Mountains. Home to Echo Point, where visitors can see the Three Sisters rock formation and Scenic World, Katoomba offers ample attractions and activities to delight all kinds of travelers. While it maintains a small-town feel, it’s home to a large selection of accommodations, dining options, and shopping in the center of town.
Katoomba is most famous for its proximity to the Three Sisters Rock formation, which can be accessed from Echo Point in the Blue Mountains National Park. Many visitors also come for Scenic World, an eco-amusement park with railways, cable cars, and treetop walks. But the historic town has a thriving cultural and dining scene as well with a long list of annual events and festivals, plus unusual landmarks like the Explorers Marked Tree, which has been carved with the initials of explorers dating back to 1813
Things to Know Before You Go
- Katoomba is easily reached by train from Sydney.
- You’ll find a range of accommodation and ample dining options in Katoomba.
- Katoomba’s Edge Cinema has one of the largest movie screens in the southern Hemisphere.
- The Blue Mountains is occasionally affected by bushfires in the summer months.
How to Get There
Katoomba is located in the Blue Mountains about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of central Sydney. The village can be reached by car in about 90 minutes or by a 2-hour train ride on the Blue Mountains Line from Sydney’s Central Station.
When to Get There
Local festivals happen throughout the year in Katoomba. The Blue Mountains region is sometimes affected by bushfires in the summer and can be wet in winter months.
Wentworth Falls, just a short drive or train journey from Katoomba, is a charming town located in the Blue Mountains Heritage Site. Known for its eponymous waterfalls, the town has a number of walking and hiking trails, picnic and BBQ areas, preserved Aboriginal sites, and a charming downtown with historic buildings and gourmet coffee shops.