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Katoomba

Getting Here and Around

The 110-km (68-mi) journey to Katoomba takes between 90 minutes and two hours from Sydney via Parramatta Road and the M4 Motorway, which leads to Lapstone at the base of the Blue Mountains. From there, continue on the Great Western Highway and follow the signs to Katoomba. The town has its own train station, and is also connected to the rest of the Blue Mountains by the Blue Mountains Bus Company. A good deal is the Blue Mountains Explorer Link ticket, which can be purchased at Sydney railway stations. The A$48.80 pass combines a same-day return train ticket from Sydney to Katoomba and a day's access to the red double-decker Explorer buses that travel around Katoomba and Leura stopping at 26 stops (www.explorerbus.com.au). The same travel pass but for three days (instead of one) is available for A$64.80.

Another economical sightseeing option is the Blue Mountains Trolley bus, which provides a similar hop-on, hop-off tour, visiting 29 stops, in a vehicle that resembles a San Francisco streetcar. The cost is A$25, and tickets are available at the Trolley Shoppe near Katoomba railway station. There is a Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Echo Point in Katoomba. Sydney Visitor Centre has information on Blue Mountains hotels, tours, and sights.

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