Katoomba is the main population and tourist centre in the Blue Mountains region. It is easily accessible from Sydney (Central Station) by train (2hrs). Katoomba is surrounded by Blue Mountains National Park, which is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Tourists can head down to Echo Point for views of the world famous Three Sisters set against the magnificent backdrop of the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary. Easy and intermediate tourist walks exist in the vicinity of Echo Point, and also at nearby Scenic World, where tourists can ride the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world! Back in Katoomba there are plenty of cafes to eat at, book and antique shops to peruse, and ambience to soak up.
For bushwalkers visiting Katoomba who want to get away from the tourist crowds, purchase the 1:25,000 topographic maps Katoomba and Jenolan and head down the Narrowneck Peninsula for access to the rugged Wild Dog Mountains. This area is very very dry at present (mid-January 2007) so it is advised that lots of water be carried! For hardcore walkers with first class navigation and bush skills, attempt the Katoomba to Kanangra return walk overnight. It is about 110km in length with some incredibly long ridge climbs, (e.g. from 200m at the Coxs River to 1164m at Mount Cloudmaker).
For the less experienced who still want to experience the Australian bush, there are many professional guiding companies with offices in Katoomba who can organise relatively safe, guided outdoor activities such as canyoning, abseiling and rock climbing.
Before leaving Katoomba, don’t forget to eat a meal at the iconic Paragon Cafe and look through the second hand books and the antiques at Mr Pickwicks, both on Katoomba Street.