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Katoomba

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World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains. Spectacular mountain views and paths through the surrounding natural habitats draw visitor here. The name of the town means "shining falling water" in the Aboriginal language, a reference to the sparkling waterfalls that fall over the cliffs in the subtropical rainforest area. The Blue Mountains are home to the famous Three Sisters rock formation, which you can be seen from Echo Point. The town itself is notable for an active alternative subculture that gives sections of it a bohemian atmosphere. It is also home to a large population of Aboriginal peoples, as the Gundungarra and Darug tribes have long populated the area. Use our Australia online day trip planner to arrange the details of your trip to Katoomba and other destinations.
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Blue Mountains ©
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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The Three Sisters ©
World heritage site
The Three Sisters
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Duration: 30 minutes
Echo Point Lookout ©
Lookout
Echo Point Lookout
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

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Wentworth Falls Lookout ©
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Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park Blacktown
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Hidden gems in Katoomba

Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd
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Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd
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Prince Henry Cliff Walk ©
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Prince Henry Cliff Walk
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Queen Elizabeth Lookout ©
Lookout
Queen Elizabeth Lookout
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Shopping in Katoomba

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Katoomba Vintage Emporium ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Katoomba Vintage Emporium
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company ©
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Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
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Katoomba Antique Centre ©
Antique Store
Katoomba Antique Centre
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Odd Mountain ©
Antique Store
Odd Mountain
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Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Katoomba

Bridal Veil Falls
Waterfall
Bridal Veil Falls
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Duration: 30 minutes
Minnehaha Falls
Waterfall
Minnehaha Falls
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Katoomba Falls ©
Waterfall
Katoomba Falls
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Duration: 30 minutes
Katoomba Cascades ©
Waterfall
Katoomba Cascades
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Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Katoomba

The Giant Stairway ©
Hiking Trail
The Giant Stairway
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Duration: 2 hours
Narrow Neck Trail
Biking Trail
Narrow Neck Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Ruined Castle Walking Track ©
Hiking Trail
Ruined Castle Walking Track
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Apsara Day Spa Katoomba ©
Spa
Apsara Day Spa Katoomba
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
The National Pass ©
Historic Walking Area
The National Pass Blue Mountains National Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Leura Cascades ©
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Leura Cascades Leura
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©
Garden
Everglades Historic House and Gardens Leura
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Duration: 30 minutes

Where to stay in Katoomba

Ideal for backpackers and other travelers exploring the Blue Mountains on a budget, Katoomba offers a great selection of economical lodgings. Many visitors choose to base their trip at one of the town's motels or hostels, which offer small but clean rooms minutes from Katoomba's central area and main train station. The town also features a number of mid-range hotels, providing rooms and suites with views of the picturesque mountain range. To get the most from the great outdoors, stay at one of Katoomba's campgrounds, featuring powered sites and cozy log cabins.
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