There is no denying that Australia has a rich and iconic history. A lot has been left out of the history books or forgotten but we, at Camptoo want to highlight different aspects of the tourism industry in Australia and locations that need your attention. On this week’s Camptoo Bucket List adventure we bring you to Katoomba, located in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. This area is famous for the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and Jamison Valley.
The Blue Mountains region is just a short 90 minute drive from Sydney, located on the Great Western Highway. An easy destination for day trips out of Sydney, or as we recommend, Katoomba and The Blue Mountains is perfect for a weekend getaway. There is so much to see and do in this area that we cannot list it all. But we’ve picked out some highlighted points for you.
The Blue Mountains is home to the Australian Aboriginal Gundungurra and Darug tribes. The Aboriginal term for the area ‘Kedumba’ translates to shining, falling water or water tumbling over a hill and was named after one of the waterfalls that drops into the Jamison Valley.
In 1878-1879 is when this area became known amongst colonisers after John Britty’s instalment of the Katoomba Coal Mine. The coal was obtained from the mountain side near Orphan Rock and carried up the mountain using the cable car. This is the steepest cable car in the world and now a popular tourist attraction for the Scenic Railway. This region is known for some of the most spectacular views in Australia and called Scenic World – which offers free parking.
Here in Scenic World adjacent to the Scenic Railway, is the Scenic Cableway which stretches over a 545 metre lined across the Jamison Valley at a height of 270 metres. This Scenic Cableway can hold 84 passengers and has a glass bottom floor to make sure you don’t miss a beat and will keep your heart racing. The Scenic Walkway will take you into the depths of the Jurassic like rainforest. Other activities we recommend are:
- Echo Point Lookout – which overlooks the Jamison Valley and the iconic Three Sisters. It is the gateway to many great bush walks. The most common being the Giant Stairway – almost 1000 steps which descends into Jamison Valley.
- Street Art Walk – put together by Street Art Murals Australia it is a community driven cultural treasure. SAMA worked for 18 months meeting legal, heritage, planning and stakeholder requirements. The space was launched in June 2015 after being initially resourced through a highly successful crowd funding campaign, to which 135 individuals contributed.
- Red Hands Walk – discover the Aboriginal Cave with traditional paintings created by chewing coloured ochres mixed with water. These paintings withstanding anywhere between 500-1600 years inside the caves.
- Jenolan Caves – guided tours through the underground river systems and jaw dropping formations. It is one of the oldest cave systems in the world.
The Blue Mountains is famous for its hospitality and food options with numerous pubs and restaurants that can cater for everyone. We’ve included a link to the Visit NSW page which features the must see, dos and eats to help book your next trip! There are external links to the adventure sports and eco tours which can easily be booked through the private companies.
Author: Rhiannon Bryant
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