Ballast Pit

Katoomba started out in the 1860's as the site of a quarry and rock-crushing plant, used to produce railway ballast, & hence became known as The Crushers. At around the same time, the Glen Shale Mine commenced below Narrow Neck. The opening of additional shale & coal mines led to the development of a network of mining tramlines, a small portion of which remains as the Katoomba Scenic Railway.

Local Business Links 
Fantastic Aussie Tours
Coach & 4wd tours 
Cecil Guesthouse, The -
Traditional guesthouse 
Cloudlands -
Cottage accommodation.
Scenic Railway - 
Plunge into the rainforest.
The Blue Mountains' trademark landmark, the Three Sisters, seen from Echo Point. Just back from the cliff are a tourist information & map centre, restaurant & souvenir shops.  

Rock Climbing 
National Park 


Tourist Capital

The Katoomba - Leura region has since developed into the tourist capital of the Blue Mountains, offering spectacular views over the rugged wilderness of the southern Blue Mountains National Park, and a variety of galleries, specialty shops, restaurants and accommodation ranging from backpackers hostels to luxury resorts.

Circuit buses connect the railway station with many attractions; including the tourist information centre at Echo Point from where you can view the Three Sisters and access the Giant Stairway.

Getting off the road, the area has much to offer bushwalkers, rock climbers & mountain bike riders, including the opportunity to end some walks at the base of the Scenic Railway, a welcome relief for tired legs!

Federal Pass -
Valley walk. 
Furber Steps -
Descent at Katoomba Falls.
Giant Stairway -
Descent at Echo Point.  
Prince Henry Cliff Walk -
Cliff-top walk. 
Scenic Railway -
Easy way out of the valley.
Station Street. On the left, with 4 chimneys, The Bank Building, c1885, now houses  shops. The Victoria & Albert  is straight ahead.  
Katoomba's Development
Chronological table. 
Echo Point Panorama
360 panorama. 
Katoomba Scenic Railway
with virtual reality ride. 
Mining Tramlines
- Trestles, tunnels, & cables.  
1894 Bushwalking Map -
Katoomba Falls area. 
Railway Station - Historic photo.

Monthly Sunday market in Imperial Park. The park is lit by gaslamps.
Photos 2002 D. Martin



Ride Across the Mountains!
Valley Hts - Springwood 
Wentworth Falls 
Mt Victoria - Hartley Vale
Bell - Clarence - Zig Zag 
Lithgow - Bowenfels 

Check the Brakes!

Downhill (up) steam trains had 15 minutes at Katoomba for handbrake attention and general brake examination before the 32km (20 ml) of 1 in 33 ruling gradient down to Springwood. All goods trains were required to have 85p.s.i. in their brake pipes before departure, with 100p.s.i. being maintained for the run. Handbrakes were set on all cars.



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