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  Historic Carrington Hotel
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  • Historic Carrington Hotel - Blue Mountains National Park
      Historic Carrington Hotel
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  • Katoomba Falls, just past the end of main street - Blue Mountains National Park
      Katoomba Falls, just past the end of main street
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  • Weirder Stuff, a great shop - Blue Mountains National Park
      Weirder Stuff, a great shop
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  • The eastern side - Blue Mountains National Park
      The eastern side
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  • Across from the railway station - Blue Mountains National Park
      Across from the railway station
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Katoomba is the main town of the mountains, built on several hills which on one side plummet nearly 600m into the Jamison 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 a key place from which to explore the Blue Mountains, with several of the good viewpoints at the end of its main street, Echo Point being the most popular.
Katoomba is the biggest town in the Blue Mountains and the area's commercial heart, though for all its surrounding charms, café culture and secondhand clothes and bookshops, it can still seem a little raw and characterless. It hasn't modernized like Leura. When the town was discovered by fashionable city dwellers in the late nineteenth century, the grandiose Carrington Hotel, prominently located near the train station on Katoomba Street, was the height of elegance, with its leadlighting and wood panelling. The Carrington, built in 1880 is the oldest in the mountains. It has a grand interior with high ceilings and guests through the years have included royalty and the rich and famous.
Now beautifully renovated it stands out dramatically against the sometimes drab surroundings in the main street. It has accommodation, a restaurant and two cocktail bars. Also worth checking out on the main street is the Paragon Café further downhill at 65 Katoomba St (Tues?Sun 10am4pm), with its listed Art Deco interior and fabulous window and counter display of handmade chocs.

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  • Written Jun 15, 2005
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