|Most expensive month:||August|
|Average price in Katoomba:||$163/night|
|Cheapest price found:||$18/night|
|Most expensive day:||Friday|
The Carrington Hotel
15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, NSW, Australia
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Lilianfels Resort & Spa - Blue Mountains
5-19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba, NSW, Australia
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Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains
Apex & Lovel Streets, Katoomba, NSW, Australia
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The largest town in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba occupies the natural and cultural heart of this scenic New South Wales region. Outdoor adventures greet intrepid travellers, while the town’s pampering day spas, rugged rural landscapes, vintage-style boutiques and rich Indigenous culture offer a diverse range of attractions to explore.
Tick off some of Australia’s best natural sights while visiting Katoomba, especially the Three Sisters, a fascinating rock formation best seen from Echo Point. There are numerous lookouts, including Jamison, Wentworth Falls and Princess Rock, which offer one-of-a-kind vistas. If you want to get up close to Wentworth Falls, hike the various walking trails past multiple falls and down to the valley floor.
Capture incredible forest, mountain and valley views with Scenic World, which boasts glass-topped carriages that travel down a 52-degree incline into ancient forests. When you need a break from sightseeing, book a rejuvenating massage or signature treatment at SPA Sublime.
Interested in shopping at Katoomba? Head to Sylph Clothing Designs to purchase Australian-designed women’s clothing, from stylish dresses and glittering accessories to yoga and meditation wear. Follow your sweet tooth to Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, where you can watch chocolate-making demos and buy handmade chocolates, jams and jellies. The nearby Peachtree Antiques offers vintage furnishings and unique retro collectables.
When you need a break, visit the friendly staff at Paragon Cafe, considered one of Australia’s oldest cafes. It’s housed in a beautiful Art Deco building in the centre of Katoomba and serves freshly-baked scones, handmade cakes and signature locally-roasted coffee. Visit at night for a candlelit dinner in the grand banquet hall.
Katoomba is an easy 1.5-hour drive from Sydney along the M4 and Great Western Highway. Many of the town’s popular lookouts are within walking distance of each other, but you should hire a car to explore the rest of town and attractions further afield.
Lilianfels Resort & Spa - Blue Mountains, rated with a score of 8.4 from 785 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Katoomba. Other top stays include The Carrington Hotel, with an average rating of 8.5 from 2,005 reviewers, and Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains, with a score of 8.0 from 1,141 reviewers.
When booking Katoomba accommodation, you should try to find a hotel near the city centre if you consider yourself a fan of good food, drinks and entertainment. Most of the popular bars and restaurants are found in this area, such as The Bootlegger Bar and Grill, which specialises in slow-cooked smoked meats but also offers vegetarian dishes. Just a short walk away you will find Avalon Restaurant & Cocktail Bar; this is the place to be for a round of sundowner cocktails followed by a hearty dinner with a mountain view. You will find several acclaimed hotels surrounding this hub of food and nightlife, such as The Carrington Hotel and Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains.
Our favourite kid-friendly day trip is a tour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, where the whole family can hop on the sky-high cableway and see the entire region from a birds-eye view. Being outside and experiencing nature is what Katoomba is all about, so take the kids on an easy hike up to the Katoomba falls near the three sisters. End the walk with a refreshing swim, splashing around in the rock pools, or spend the day walking through the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, where you will find an art gallery and a library that host different educational and interactive programs, for kids to engage with nature. Katoomba hotels in the areas around these family attractions are 128 Birch View Trail Lodge and The Westin Trillium House.
When considering things to see in Katoomba or where you should think about booking your hotel in Katoomba, we recommend you situate yourself close to the area’s most popular tourist sights and activities. You can spend some time admiring the view at Echo Point Lookout, which is a clifftop viewing platform offering a panoramic prospect of one of the area's most-visited sights, a collection of mountain peaks called the Three Sisters. Another popular destination which is situated a few minutes away from Echo Point is Waradah Australian Centre. Here you will get to experience Aboriginal culture, through 30-minute live shows that discuss myths and facts about the culture. If you are planning on touring this mountainous region on a slightly smaller budget, we suggest you book a spot at The Flying Fox Backpackers.
If you are wondering about things to do in Katoomba, you must remember to pack your hiking boots, as Katoomba is located in the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area. Nature lovers will be enthralled by the mountain scenery, which includes unusual rock formations, mountain creatures, eucalyptus forests, water features like ravines and waterfalls and endless hiking trails. If you plan on spending as much time in the mountains as you can, then book 3 Sisters Motel, which is close to the legendary Three Sisters rock formation.