8.9 out of 10

Katoomba

Ranked 126th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.7108124764079 150.309720007096
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Childcare
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 16, 2016

"Wonderful Katoomba - Grande Dame of the Blue Mountains"

My favourite - the heart and soul of the Blue Mountains. The South-side doesn't even have traffic lights. Quiet and secluded during weekdays and lively and bustling on weekends. Tourists come from far and wide. Katoomba has the best walks in the Blue Mountains and they are easily accessible. Why anyone would live in Sydney suburbia down the hill with gridlock traffic and pollution is beyond me.

So pretty in Spring and Autumn. And so European wintry in the colder seasons! Everyone is really friendly (and relaxed!).
Pros
  • Friendly place with helpful people who often stop and chat
  • Beautiful picturesque mountains village with the pick of the bushwalks
  • Great Coffee and Chai Teas! Mulled Wine in Winter!
Cons
  • very cold winters - need good heating and insulation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 05, 2016

"12 months in and haven't looked back"

We moved from a small unit in a beachside suburb of Sydney to Katoomba about a year ago. I spent so long researching areas to relocate our family to...including this website...and found the whole experience totally overwhelming. I just wanted to let anyone in our position know that we haven't regretted our decision for a minute. It's such a beautiful, friendly area and the local school is fantastic. Overall we'd totally recommend it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Katoomba - offbeat, leafy, cool and crisp Mountain town"

Katoomba is a unique and interesting place to live - I love it!! Art Deco buildings, frosty winters, delightful green and mild summers, great cafes, convenient shopping, and diverse but often artistic/Bohemian population. I live in a leafy street in one of Katoomba's stunning old homes, and cafes and a day out are 15 minute walk away. I've been here for a number of years, and I love the fact that you can do and be anything you want, and that the population leave you alone or befriend you, depending on what you want.
Pros
  • So many options of where to eat! Great coffee and food
  • Best cab service I've ever know - ethical, reliable, friendly, prompt!
  • Artistic community, with great music festival and Winter Magic festival
  • affordable
Cons
  • needs a little cheering up - maybe restoring old buildings and more jobs for the locals
  • very cold winters - need good heating and insulation
  • unemployment
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good place"

Just bought a house in Katomba, good mix of people, fresh air, no traffic, not hot and humid.
Pros
  • affordable
Cons
  • unemployment
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A truely wonderful place to live."

We moved to Katoomba three years ago moving up the mountains from Hazelbrook and Wentworth Falls. Katoomba is definitely the best place to live in the Blue Mountains. Not only does it have the best views and walks but the best facilities and services. There is a great hospital, leisure centre, library, excellent mobile phone reception and internet access and just the right number of shops. We have a Coles, Franklins and a new Aldi - what more do you want?! We are very happy here and plan to stay.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
BJT BJT
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Great Place To Live"

I moved to the Blue Mountains from the Sutherland Shire 10 years ago, to get away from the crowds and to be able to send my daughter to a smaller, more caring school.

I have lived in Blackheath & Leura, and now in Katoomba, and all are fantastic, friendly places with lots to do, wonderful unique shops and great places to eat.

To be able to walk to the local fruit shop (Toderello's - is there anything they don’t have? Awesome!) And to have a local butcher (Leura Butcher, best meat ever!) or walk down the hill to a place that tourist travel from all over the world to look at (that would be the Three Sisters) is the ultimate lifestyle.

There is something on every weekend at places like The Carrington Hotel or Everglades Gardens, and yearly events like Winter Magic, as well as bush walks and canyoning for the adventurous.

I think the whole upper Mountains is a wonderful place to live and I would recommend it to just about anyone, as everyone is accepted and will find friends & things to do to suit them.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Katoomba - Amazing Scenery"

Katoomba is just over 100 kms west of Sydney, situated in the Blue Mountains. Here the air is lean and fresh and the scenery is spectacular. A must see is “The Three Sisters” at Echo Point and read about the Aboriginal Legend of their being. Another must is a ride on the Scenic Railway with its steepest railway incline in the world, the Scenic Skyway which is a cable car which travels across the Jamison valley at suspended at 200m for the valley floor. There are many walks and trails with amazing sights and natural flora and fauna as well as historical buildings to see. Great accommodation with many B&B’s, and luxury Hotels. Restaurants, cafe etc to suit all tastes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"The heart of the Blue Mountains"

All visitors who intend to visit the Blue Mountains will have to either make a pit stop at Katoomba or travel through this suburb. This place is the heart of the Blue Mountains with shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation of all types. It is a well-maintained tourist town and people here are very friendly. Many artists live around this area to draw inspiration for their works. The streets are all lined with trees and the houses are well kept too.

My favourites places in Katoomba will be the RSL club and the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company on Lurline Road. The former is a favourite of mine because you can get fed a nice hearty meal without having to pay tourist prices. It is good local food and beer. The Chocolate Company is a good place to sip a cup of hot chocolate while you rest your legs after the long walks.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Blue Mountains Central"

Katoomba is the accommodation and retail heart of the Blue Mountains area west of Sydney. It has hotels, motels, trendy restaurants and cafes in converted old buildings. An icon worth a visit is the Paragon Cafe. Katoomba has a train station which is used by both tourists and residents who commute to work closer to the city. Homes in Katoomba vary in all styles from workmans cottages to mansions. Many have commanding views of the mountains and valleys.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Katoomba

Messiters Ln

4.5/5
"A tiny lane with breathtaking views sitting above Leura Cascades - no traffic!"
-33.7176055 150.31985

Selby St

4.5/5
"Peaceful & secluded."
-33.721911 150.309313

Belmore Rd

2.5/5
-33.7050779312 150.2995967617
-33.7202443663 150.3102655172
"Great views, gorgeous houses, quiet yet close to main street"
-33.720124838 150.3167541969

Ada St

3.5/5
-33.7178094038 150.3147871024

Dora St

4.5/5
"Really is perfect to raise a family. Neighbours are fantastic, artistic, caring and responsible."
-33.7088686862 150.3148007628

Lovel St

4.5/5
"Relax surrounded by nature and close to beautiful Leura and Katoomba"
-33.7129599695 150.3143226495

Cliff Dr

4.5/5
"A truly Beautiful place to live"
-33.7203229135 150.3175055177