Saturday, 8 July 2017
Stevie goes exploring: Katoomba
Nestled up in the Blue Mountains, about two hours by train from Sydney, Katoomba's been on my radar for a while - mainly because it was the biggest dot on the map when I looked up "towns in the Blue Mountains". Now, I was of course, a little nervous to start with - I mean, isolated community up in the mountains, with relatively high separation from the rest of society? I've seen Twin Peaks, I know how this shit usually goes down.
Happily, there were no murders during my time there, but I did see a couple of ambulances - though given that Katoomba is home to the Blue Mountains medical centre, that's probably not something to be surprised about.
So what's there to do in such a tiny town? A fair bit, as it turns out.
Of course, if you're of a more pedestrian nature, there's plenty to check out - the main street is bristling with cafes and restaurants, and plenty of delightful shops - heck, even heading out more towards the suburbs you'll find something nice; I managed to track down a particularly nice chippie pretty far off the beaten track. There's a few supermarkets, a pretty good place for musical instruments, quite a few hippie shops, and a rather quirky little steampunk boardgame shop which I will most definitely try and visit again. The town also has a pretty nice cinema that seems to be straight out of 1996 - the arcade machines certainly were.
So far, Katoomba's been my favourite place to visit in Australia, and I can't wait to head back there once the summer comes. Hopefully then it won't be so bloody freezing . . .