Package Holidays in New South Wales
Katoomba Blue Mountains New South Wales Australia
Katoomba, population 17 700, is the largest town and main tourist destination in the Blue Mountains with at least three million visitors each year. Located 106 kilometres from Sydney and 1017 metres above sea level, Katoomba boasts restaurants, cafes, crafts and bushwalks not too mention astonishing vistas and superb mountain scenery.
Katoomba comes from a local Aboriginal word meaning water tumbling over a hill
Europeans first explored the area in 1813.
As early as 1841 George Clarke had discovered coal in the area and a coal mine opened at Katoomba in 1879.
The area became hugely popular with the establishment of a railway station in 1876. From this point it was a popular holiday resort providing excellent bushwalking, outstanding views and gracious hotels.
As Katoomba grew as a holiday destination its coal mining fortunes declined and the mine was closed in the 1920s. The spectacular railway to the mine has remained open and is now a popular tourist attraction.
Katoomba Scenic Railway
The Katoomba Scenic Railway was built in 1879 to service a coalmine in the Jamison Valley. The mine closed in 1945 and the worlds steepest incline railway became a popular tourist attraction. Descend through a tunnel in the side of a mountain before entering an ancient lush tropical rainforest area ending in the Jamison Valley. Walk a short or long walk trail through the temperate rainforest at the bottom of the descent.