In the late 1890's as the train and highway slowly engineered its way through the Blue Mountains out into the far western regions, Katoomba and it's surrounds became a popular health destination. In 1897 a land grant was given to Dr Hall from Randwick, Sydney, who built Kurrara Guest House in 1901, as a health and restorative retreat, for his patients and for those wishing to escape the noxious odours, smoke and grime of an industrialised Sydney.
Kurrara (meaning – high campsite) opened in 1902 under the guidance of Mrs A.F Wilkins, the proprietress, who was noted for her ‘bustling manner’ and excellent cuisine. She ran Kurrara with command and efficiency and it soon became a popular venue. For a mere 6 shillings per night, guests could enjoy accommodation, a meal and a hot or cold bath. The original ‘House” of the Coomonderry Estate, Kurrara was surrounded by beautiful gardens, orchards, a croquet lawn and tennis court. The large estate almost bordering Lurline & Ada Streets was subsequently subdivided around 1936. Since May 2012, Kurrara’s current owners Iain & Evelyn have been restoring this beautiful, warm and welcoming heritage house, and preserving its history.
KURRARA GUEST HOUSE OPENED FOR BUSINESS IN 1902 AND HAS BEEN HOME TO MANY THOUSANDS OF TRAVELLERS.
At the turn of the century, Sydney-siders boarded the train for the Blue Mountains, and alighted at Katoomba in their hundreds to escape the summer humidity, enjoy the therapeutic benefits of rest and relaxation, and breathe the clean, mountain fresh air.In this respect not much has changed... For a few dollars you can still board a train to Katoomba, and be part of this century-old tradition, and it only takes a couple of hours to get here. Current owners Iain & Evelyn purchased Kurrara in May 2012, and have preserved a small part of Katoomba's history for the benefit of our guests and the local community.
We live in a world heritage listed area and care about our environment. Kurrara is now a gold member of Low Carbon Living. and is involved in the Sunshine Project - We are carbon neutral! Please look after our environment when you come to stay and leave a light footprint.