- Catch The Strides on 15 February and enter our competition to win a double pass!
- Hike down to see magnificent waterfalls in the Valley of the Waters
- Stuff yo' face with Katoomba-made goodies
- Witness reslience in action at Govett's Leap
Get ready to dance until your feet hurt when The Strides play an explosive show on 15 February with jazz and funk legend James Greening. The nine-man band, formed in Sydney, brings all the power of hip-hop and reggae with catchy dance hall and dub beats for a uniquely soulful sound best experienced live! Playing at Le Salon Grand, quite literally across the road from Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA, lock in the best deal on tickets and a bed with our Bed and Band Special.. brekkie's an added bonus, on us!
Keen to take a gamble? We’re offering 2 tickets to a lucky winner, all you need to do is book a stay at the Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA and enter your details below for your chance to win!
Once you've danced the night away, there's plenty more to discover in the misty mountains this summer! Here's a few things you can't miss on your escape from the city...
Fill your face with a post-concert kebab
It's a great Aussie tradition, dancing the night away and ending up at the nearest kebab shop, staring at the skewered meats spinning slowly. If you've ever bitten into a wrap of questionable quality, let Katoomba local institution, Cedar Kebab Cafe, blow your mind.
With fresh ingredients, and falafel handmade fresh to order, you'll want to get in early before these delicious wraps sell out. There's vegetarian and vegan options galore, and enough healthy ingredients included to help justify picking up a box of fresh baklava on your way out. If you add Toum sauce to your kebab, do your hostel mates a favour and buy some breath mints, the garlic is strong in this one!
Hike away your worries... and get some good shots for the gram
Hiking tracks are open, waterfalls are flowing, mountain magic has truly arrived! If you're an early bird, catch the sunrise at Echo Point to see the Three Sisters stand proudly amongst the fog that fills the valley below.
For the adventure seekers and nature lovers, you can't pass up the stunning Empress Falls to get as close as you can to cascading waterfalls that flow all the way to the Valley of the Waters. Check with hostel staff for the best hikes of the day depending on how much time you have, and how much of a hike you're up for - or book in an adrenaline pumping canoyoning tour to learn from the best!
Shop local to do good and feel good!
The Blue Mountains are a home for creatives of all sorts; artists and bakers, ceramicists and designers. Whether you're seeking inspiration in a piece of pottery or in your morning coffee, there's plenty of local haunts to get your creative juices going while supporting the community.
Pick up locally grown fruit and veg from the Blue Mountains Co-Op, or head to Gallery One 88 for new and exciting art, as well as Yoga on Saturday mornings. If you're feeling brave, head over to the Family Hotel on a Wednesday night for the longest running Open Mic in the Mountains!
Reflect on resilience, and watch life return
With the threat of bushfires now passed, witness life come back to the Blue Mountains at its best when you visit Govett's Leap Lookout. A short 15 minute drive or two stops on the train line from Katoomba, look out onto the Grose Valley already bouncing back. It's a sobering walk along the track to the lookout but remains an important reminder to take care of our beautiful country. Make sure to stop into one of the many local stores in Blackheath to #lovelocal and help the #bushfirebounceback for affected communities.
Your stay at YHA is not only supporting the local economy, but helping raise funds for volunteer fire services across Australia. When you tick 'yes' to donate to the YHA Sustainable Hostels Fund between 20 December and 29 February, your donation will be forwarded to volunteer rural fire services to support long term recovery efforts and thank our firies for volunteering their time and energy. You can also donate to the Australian Tourism Industry Red Cross Appeal to create a more sustainable future for all our communities.
Additional images courtesy of Deb Kloeden, The Strides music, 2020.