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Katoomba And Leura

Katoomba and Leura are two towns in the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. Katoomba, 110 km west of Sydney and with a population of a bit under 8,000 people, is probably the principal town in the Blue Mountains and is the council's administrative seat. It's primarily a tourist town with people attracted by extensive rainforest, deep sandstone valleys, and features like the Three Sisters rock formation. A lot of this can be experienced through the Scenic World attraction which offers rides into the neighbouring Jamieson Valley, and an extensive set of walkways showing off both the natural forest and the relics of the former mining operations. (In the olden days, Katoomba was an important source of coal and shale.) It's worth visiting but be warned that queues, even just to get admission tickets much less access to the rides, can be ridiculously long at times, especially in school holidays. And why on earth they don't have a system of Web bookings I have no idea.

Leura is a suburb of Katoomba around 10km to the east, closer to Sydney. With a population of just under 4,400 it's more of a village than a city and is home to a number of resorts, guest houses and other attractions.
13771 The Skyway
13771 The Skyway
13997 The Skyway In Days Of Yore
13997 The Skyway In Days Of Yore
13775 The Three Sisters In The Haze
13775 The Three Sisters In The Haze
13785 The Scenic Railway - Going Up
13785 The Scenic Railway - Going Up
13782 The Scenic Railway - Cautions
13782 The Scenic Railway - Cautions
13796 The Scenic Railway - The Plunge
13796 The Scenic Railway - The Plunge
13811 Framed Rainforest
13811 Framed Rainforest
13813 Three Sisters From Below
13813 Three Sisters From Below
13817 The Waterfall
13817 The Waterfall
13834 The Welsh Miner I
13834 The Welsh Miner I
13850 The Mine Entrance
13850 The Mine Entrance
13858 State Of The Art Coal Mining Tools
13858 State Of The Art Coal Mining Tools
13863 View Across The Valley
13863 View Across The Valley
13935 The Old Miner's Hut
13935 The Old Miner's Hut
13916 Refreshments
13916 Refreshments
13919 A Restful Night's Sleep
13919 A Restful Night's Sleep
13921 Heath Of Home
13921 Heath Of Home
13923 The Old Bread Tin
13923 The Old Bread Tin
13925 Ablutions
13925 Ablutions
13986 Deep In The Forest
13986 Deep In The Forest
14034 Ghostly Gums
14034 Ghostly Gums