The longest surviving original guest house in Katoomba
Kurrara is a comfortable and peaceful retreat in Katoomba, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Mountains World Heritage Listed National Park. It is the perfect venue for adults for a mid-week or weekend getaway. Guests can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of rest and relaxation, and the clean mountain fresh air!
Kurrara was built and opened as a guest house in 1902, making it among the first accommodation venues in the Blue Mountains! It was originally part of the Coomonderry Estate, with tennis courts and a croquet lawn. The estate was subdivided in the 1920s and Kurrara maintained the large corner block on Coomonderry & Ada streets. In those days, Kurrara sported 'modern conveniences', advertising both hot and cold baths and fine cuisine! At six shillings a night, Kurrara was very much a high class establishment run by Mrs. Wilkins, Proprietress, and then Miss Bridges in the years that followed. Bookings were made by calling ' Kat 12' - if you had a telephone of course! 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 are well on their way to preserving 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.