Blue Mountains & Katoomba NSW – Train from Sydney, Australia

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Blue Mountains NSW

After a giant buffet breakfast at Shangri-La, I walked to the Central Railway Station to catch a train to the Blue Mountains. Normally you could catch a train right from Circular Quay, but this weekend there was track work happening downtown. I’d been advised that to save money I should purchased an Opal card from a 7-11 shop to prepay for the train. Since it was Sunday, the train fare was capped at AU $2.50, so this was much cheaper than the regular rate. The train ride was a bit slow, but very comfortable. About two hours later I arrived in Katoomba.

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Katoomba street art

It’s a crunchy town with lots of cafés, a fair number of ethnic restaurants, and lots of outdoor shops. After walking through town and stopping at a few spots to take photos of street art murals, I got to the trail head of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. I planned to see Leura Falls, but didn’t see it anywhere. Oops. Despite this, the trail had lots of greenery, pretty birds, some nice view points for pictures. There weren’t a lot of people on the first part of this trail, but the visitors I did see were mostly international.


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Three Sisters

Eventually, the trail looped around and I got to the Three Sisters rock pillars. After taking a few photos, like a good little sheep, I followed the crowd down a steep set of stairs. Fortunately, before descending too far, I learned there wasn’t much to see at the bottom, just a trail along the forest floor. I turned back and headed for Cascade Falls. It’s a nice small waterfall, but nothing spectacular. People really take their time with photos here, so be prepared to be patient! There is a nice park there with picnic areas that you can enjoy before walking back up the hill to town.

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Cascade Falls

Back on main street in Katoomba, I grabbed a to-go order at Yellow Deli. A few great healthy choices here, I enjoyed a tofu burger and a veggie sandwich. It’s always fun to enjoy a great boxed meal while riding the train!

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Dr Alex Allen Park in Katoomba

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Katoomba street art

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Prince Henry Cliff Walk

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Inside train from Sydney to Blue Mountains

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Sydney Central Station


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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