Katoomba Tourism, Australia

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Katoomba (postcode: 2780) is the chief town of the City of Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia and the administrative headquarters of Blue Mountains City Council. Katoomba is situated on the Great Western Highway 110 km (68 mi) west of Sydney and 39 km (24 mi) south-east of Lithgow. Katoomba railway station is on the Main Western line. Katoomba is well known for spectacular mountain views and extensive bush and nature walks in the surrounding Blue Mountains. At the 2011 census, Katoomba had a population of 8,016 people.


Katoomba got its present name in 1877, also achieving a municipality status at the same time. Earlier it was known as Kedumba meaning Shining falling water.

Katoomba is surrounded by the magnificent Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. A visit to the Echo point will let you experience the beauty of this place in a different light – Blue, emanating from the far reaching eucalypt forests. A trip to Katoomba will provide you with an impressive range of activities, attractions, events, and restaurants to choose from. Katoomba is a base from which one can discover rest of the Blue Mountains range. Explore it as a solo traveller, or as a Couple, with family and even with pets, as many stay options in Katoomba are pet friendly. Katoomba tourist information center is located in the neighborhood of Echo point.

Get introduced to the plants and animals unique to this region, go on walking trails, a bushwalk, abseiling, rock climbing, caving, take a pick from the skyway, cableway or hop onto a railway ride at Scenic world for a 360 degree view of the glorious Jamison valley. If adventure is on your mind, then welcome to the paradise! There are numerous camping sites and parks around the Blue Mountains to satiate the adventurous side. And it doesn’t stop there. It is considered as one of the most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations by the locals and tourists alike. With so many offering, tourism in Katoomba has been on rise, and attracts tourists in large numbers.

Katoomba Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Katoomba tips for your visit

  • Make a point to carry a map of the route and an Epirb (a locating device issued by the National park, used to track and helps rescuers know your location in case you get lost) if you are planning to go on a hike.
  • Always carry plenty of fresh drinking water.
  • Carry a good insect and mosquito repellant, a torch, Sunscreen, Few Band-Aids, and Wet wipes.
  • Good hiking and walking boots, High boots to avoid Snake bites, a poncho if it rains and/ or a jacket if the temperature plummets, a Hat and a pair of sunglasses.
  • Charge the Camera’s battery as you will use the camera all day long.
  • Carry a packed lunch, drinks and/ or snacks to avoid exorbitant prices if you are traveling over the weekend.

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Facts and Stats for Katoomba*

  • Living in Katoomba - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 95.06 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Katoomba

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Katoomba

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.53 USD
    • International Movie per seat 18.8 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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