Almost 150 years ago, the Blue Mountains attracted masses of Australians to the area due to the rich natural resources of shale and coal and the promise of wealth for all. Having to work in a dark, damp and dangerous environment underground; miners would rely upon and look out for one another, and strong bonds were formed between the miners. Often the experiences shared between miners lasted longer than the riches of their labour, and true friendships were born.
Gradually the Katoomba Blue Mountain township grew along with its increasing population and train stations, post offices and hotels were built. The train line enabled day trips and long weekends two hours away from Sydney, and Katoomba evolved from a mining town to a rich cultural and geographically unique area. The friendships and relationships between miners extended to hospitality and warmth for new residents and tourists.
Travellers to Katoomba, Blue Mountains marvel at the grand Echo Point, Three Sisters and various trails, waterfalls, valleys and the mountains themselves, the area became known for the incredible natural beauty and rugged landscape and remains so today, leading to it’s listing on the World Heritage site in 2000.