Katoomba is the heart of the Blue Mountains, is a derivative of the Aboriginal word 'Kedumba' meaning 'shiny, falling waters' after the natural beauty of the area.
The most visited town in the Mountains area, Katoomba is also a place where history, the arts, breath-taking natural scenery and cafe culture merge.
Katoomba Heritage Walk is one of the best ways to explore the area, where you can visit historic Federation style buildings, galleries, cafes, antique shops and even the cinema, The Edge Cinema. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants open at night in the main street and Katoomba murals are a must see, produced tell tales of past events or to celebrate of life Katoomba..
Major Festivals in Katoomba include the Blue Mountains Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues , Katoomba's Wines of the West Festival, Chestnuts in the Mist, Six Foot Track Marathon, Artstreet, Songlines Festival, and the Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba's Big Winter Party! in June.
The famous Scenic Railway operates in the original cutting of the old Coal Mine in the mountain side.
The first hotel in Katoomba was erected in 1882, known as the 'The Carrington' and underwent a major renovation and re-opened to the public in 1998.
On the north side of the Katoomba you will find the Renaissance Centre and The Edge Cinema. The Edge has one of the largest cinema screens in the southern hemisphere. Visitors to The Edge can enjoy a 40min documentary titled 'The Edge'. This film was exclusively produced for the cinema and offers the ultimate on screen Blue Mountains wilderness experience, places in the Blue Mountains which you may never be able to discover yourself.
You will also find the Katoomba Bowling Club, the Showground and plenty of picnic locations at Melrose Park, Harold Hodgson Park and Burea Park in Katoomba's North.
West of Katoomba is the famous Explorers Marked Tree on the Great Western Highway. The tree has the initials of the famous explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson dated 1813.
Behind the tree at the top of Pulpit Hill you will see around 20 heaps of stones. It is believed that these mark the graves of convicts who died while working on the building of Cox's Road.