Katoomba is a beautiful town within the Blue Mountains National Park and it is certainly worth staying a few days and No 14 offers an affordable break from Sydney, with the train costing only $12 for the two hour scenic ride, leaving Central station every hour.
Katoomba is large enough to cater for all your needs with supermarkets, chemists, banks, photographic and outdoor equipment stores, yet small enough to be a friendly and safe place to explore.
Katoomba also has a thriving dining, cafe, music and art culture which you can enjoy after a days’ hiking. For a rainy day you can take a walk in the Grand Canyon in Blackheath, a tour to Jenolan Caves or watch The Edge movie. Katoomba is also the gateway to the wineries of Orange and Mudgee and has a weekly train service to Broken Hill.
While staying with us take the opportunity to enjoy one of the many outstanding walks in the area. Entry to the National park is free and you can walk from the hostel, or catch a trolley bus to the Three Sisters. From here there is access to a variety of walks to suit all abilities, from a ten minute stroll to a two day overnight walk to Mt Solitary. Tracks are clearly marked and free maps and information are available at the hostel.
The surrounding towns of Blackheath and Wentworth Falls also provide beautiful opportunities for bushwalking. These walks are all accessible by local public transport or a few minutes drive by car.
Katoomba and its environs also offer you the opportunity for adventure with rock climbing, bouldering, abseiling and canyoning.
Horse riding in the Megalong Valley is another option with a range of rides available.
Mountain biking is also popular with some very challenging rides.