The settlement of Mount Victoria is the highest point in the Blue Mountains, and there's a Rip Van Winkle air about it—drowsy and only just awake in an unfamiliar world. A walk around the village reveals many atmospheric houses, stores, a charming old post office, and a stately old hotel with the patina of time spelled out in the fading paint of these buildings. Mount Victoria is at the far side of the mountains at the
western limit of this region, and the village serves as a good jumping-off point for a couple of out-of-the-way attractions. Unfortunately, one of the big draws here, the Zig Zag Railway, was badly damaged in a fire in October 2013; the owners have announced plans to reopen sometime in 2014, but details haven’t been confirmed as of this writing.