Katoomba has some of the most iconic and scenic towns across Australia.
Katoomba is the place to go for a day trip or a few days to see the best of the Blue Mountains. The town has the main attractions like the Three Sisters, incredible scenic rides, and breathtaking views.
How can I get to Katoomba?
Starting from Sydney, it can take about an hour and a half to drive to Katoomba via M4 and the Great Western Highway/A32.
If you are going by public transport, you’re in luck! From Central Station, you can get a direct train on the Blue Mountains Line to Katoomba Station.
As Katoomba is the main town in the Blue Mountains, there are plenty of guided tours that will go to Katoomba to see the main attractions.
Best time to visit Katoomba
All year round can be a great time to visit Katoomba to explore the Blue Mountains. Though the warmer months of the year are hard to beat. Great months to visit are between September to May. If you visit during the colder months, there will be fewer people around which may be something you’re after during your travels!
What can I do in Katoomba?
Katoomba is a large town in the Blue Mountains with amazing scenic views across the Blue Mountains and Jamison Valley.
One of the main attractions in the Blue Mountains is the Three Sisters which sits above Jamison Valley. The best spot to see the iconic rock formation is at Echo Point.
The Three Sisters are three large rock formations that represent three sisters in an Aboriginal Dreaming story.
Scenic World offers three scenic rides to see the Blue Mountains. The three rides will allow you to see the Blue Mountains, Jamison Valley, the Three Sisters, and many more. One of the rides is also the steepest railway in the southern hemisphere and is also the steepest passenger railway in the world!
Katoomba Falls gets an honourable mention as it’s one of the most popular attractions in the area. The falls is about 250 metres high and the best place to see it is up and close. You can see the falls between Echo Point and Scenic World and there is a quick walking track from Scenic World to see the falls.
Where to stay in Katoomba
Katoomba has accommodations to suit everyone’s budget. From backpackers to luxury hotels, you’ll find something that suits your needs.
YHA Blue Mountains
A budget friendly and award winning option is the YHA Blue Mountains. Staying here will allow you to meet other travellers alike if you’re alone, or travel as a couple.
There are private rooms available that sleep a single traveller, a couple, or up to a family of three to four. The family rooms have private ensuites and all rooms have free Wi-Fi. Guests will also have access to the communal kitchen, bathroom, BBQ, and a open fireplace. For activities, there is a games room, a TV, and a reading room.
Katoomba Mountain Backpackers Lodge
Katoomba Mountain Backpackers Lodge is perfect if you’re travelling on a budget. Whether you’re travelling alone, in a couple, or a family, the lodge has a room for everyone.
There are private and shared rooms available, and all guests will have access to the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, lounge room, and BBQ patio.
The Carrington Hotel
The Carrington Hotel has a range of different rooms that suit everyone’s budget. There are suites, premier rooms, colonial rooms, and traditional rooms. All rooms have Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, and a mini fridge. You will also have a continental breakfast to start your day.
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa
One of the luxury resorts in Katoomba is Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa. The perfect place to go for honeymoons, family getaways, or just a nice trip. The resort has spacious deluxe rooms, suites, and studios that can suit people on different budgets.
One of the best parts of the resort is the day spa! Fall into a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy one of the packages from the spa, facial therapy, or a massage.