Katoomba and the Blue Mountains

I haven’t visited the Blue Mountains since I was 12 and the beautiful sunset behind the Three Sisters took my breath away.

The Three Sisters at sunsetBut before we could appreciate this view we had to get up the mountain from the Hunter Valley. Deciding to take a change from the coast highway driving, we took the scenic route over the range, soon realising why it was flagged as the longer journey after an hour of hairpin bends and constantly slowing down to 40kms.

Pulling up to what we thought was a fuel station so we could use the facilities, we came across this instead:


Burned down fuel station

Old fuel pumpThings to do in Katoomba and the Blue Mountains

Scenic World: of course, some of the best things to see in the Blue Mountains is the landscape itself. Take a look around Scenic World and ride the cable car, skyrail or railway to check the view from a different perspective. All three also take you to some of the most scenic forest walks in the state.

The heart of Katoomba also has some great shops and cafes where you can sit and people watch.

There’s also a bunch of little surrounding towns a short drive away where you can go and explore, one of our favourites was Leura, it was a bit less touristy than Katoomba itself.

Places to eat

  • Blue Hour – a great little cafe where we had breakfast, excellent food and they make their own bread! Also, affordable food.Blue Hour cafe
  • The Old Bank Brasserie – though a little dated and, essentially, a pub, I was pleasantly surprised by their food.
  • Blue Mountains Chocolate – this place has a unique way of serving it’s hot chocolate! You get a tall mug with a tea candle in the bottom to keep the milk warm and a little bowl of chocolate and jug of milk and make to your liking! Sit by the fire, warm up and drink hot chocolate. Delicious.Blue Mountains Chocolate
  • Leura Garage – definitely head over to Leura for this place! Great food and they have their own wine also – I tried to buy a bottle to bring home, but they’re not licensed to sell bottles of liquor for people to take home so I had to pass. This was my favourite place in the Blue Mountains. It’s super popular, so prepare for a wait on seating on a Friday or Saturday night.Leura GarageMacaroon at Leura GarageLeura Garage
  • Megalong Valley Team Rooms – head out to Megalong Valley (that name is worth it alone) to an old fashioned tea room. Their famous apple pie and scones have been made on the premises for four generations.Scones at Megalong Valley tea roomsApple pie at Megalong Valley tea rooms

View more of my photos from the Blue Mountains on my Flickr page.

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