Blue Mountains Accommodation

Trains

If you're a trainspotter, or just like trains, then there are several things you should see and do in the Blue Mountains:

  • Scenic Railway - the world's steepest railway. This is the original coal-bucket funicular that brought the coal from the valley up 415m to Katoomba. Not a railway as such, but nevertheless a little train that operates every 10 minutes from Scenic World to the Jamison valley floor and up again.

  • Zig-Zag Railway - historic railway, reopened for tourism, uses steam trains and vintage diesel railmotors over 7½ kms of original Great Western Railway line. The train passes through two tunnels and over three historic sandstone viaducts. Open daily except Christmas Day www.zigzagrailway.com.au or phone (02) 6353 1795.

  • Friends of Thomas - Thomas the Tank Engine's characters gather at the ZigZag Railway for a weekend in January of fun and frolics for the kids and train enthusiasts. For bookings and further information call (02) 6355

  • Great Train Weekend - Mt Victoria becomes the venue for a weekend in May of trains, planes and automobiles. Activities include the famous 3801 from Central Station in Sydney travelling to Mt Victoria on both days of the weekend; model railway exhibition at the local school; train film festival at the Mt Vic Flicks; toy and train auction at the ParkWest Hotel; a vintage car display, and London double-decker bus tours. For information call (02) 4787 1590.

  • Springwood Model Railway Exhibition - annually in March at the St Thomas Aquinas school in Hawkesbury Road, Springwood. This event is geared towards children, with its Thomas and Hogwarts Express rides, but is a delight for all train collectors, showcasing all models from the tiny Z scale to the mighty Grade 1.

If you'd rather let your feet do the walking (or running) how about having a go at the Six Foot Track Marathon? The Six Foot Track is a 45km footpath across the Blue Mountains from The Explorers' Tree near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. It's Australia's fifth largest marathon and is wholly off-road. Proceeds from the event go to the Rural Fire Service and Six Foot Track Heritage Trust. For more information see www.coolrunning.com.au/sixfoot. The event is run in March annually.

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