Tuesday 04, September 2012
When you think of Australia, you think of the big cities,
the Sydney Opera House, downtown Melbourne, and you think of the Outback. Visit
Katoomba and you'll see a whole other
side of Australia.
With a population of around eight thousand people, Katoomba rests in the Blue
Mountains, one of the most breathtaking parts of the country. You may think of
the deserts and the cliffs and the beaches when you think of Australia, but the
Blue Mountains are more akin to the landscapes of Oregon and Washington. Lush,
green and gorgeous.
Something of a resort town, Katoomba is a great spot to visit on your trip to
Sydney. Stop by in town for lunch and then take the cable Skyway across Jamison
Valley, or hike the famous Six Foot Track, which takes you to the Jenolan Caves
and across the Megalong Valley.
While much of the town is home to workers in the tourism industry (alongside
retirees, artists and those living alternative lifestyles), Katoomba has
actually been pretty resistant to development, even with the increase in
visitors in the last year or so. This increase may be explained simply by the
fact that people who visit Australia are now looking for something more than
the typical visits to Sydney and the Outback.
The town has gotten a little busier in recent years, especially around the big
travel seasons, so if you want to check it out, you'll probably want to do so
soon, before it becomes the next big tourist spot. For now, Katoomba and the
Blue Mountains are still a well-kept secret, so if
you find yourself in or around Sydney, you may want to book a visit to
Katoomba at the very next opportunity.