Katoomba is the main town of the mountains, it is built on several hills which on one side plummet 600m into the Jamieson Valley. The town has been a favorite resort for the people of Sydney since the 19th century when a steam train service brought people into the area. Today the town can still be accessed by trains which leave from central station in Sydney or by a number of coach companies which offer day trips departing from Circular Quay.
Katoomba is the perfect place from which to explore the Blue Mountains, Echo Point being the most popular lookout with its view across the Three Sisters, a railway which drops 250m down the cliff wall is claimed to be the worlds steepest and the Skyway, a cable car which hangs over the abyss is a great way to view the surrounds. To the east are the famous Wentworth Falls which are the highest in the area with a drop of 270m.
The Carrington Hotel built in 1880 is the oldest in the mountains, it has a grandeur interior with high ceilings and guests through the years have included royalty and the rich and famous.
The pretty resort town of Blackheath is the highest in the mountains.Well known for its comfortable guesthouses, it is the perfect base from which to enjoy some of the best views in the mountains.
Nearby Govetts Leap and Evans lookout offer breathtaking views over the Grose Valley and Bridal Veil Falls - which plunges in a milk white column 190 metres to the valley floor making it the longest single drop falls in the mountains.