Mount Victoria

Mt Victoria - “Explorer’s Gateway to the West”

Mt Victoria is a small, historical village located about 180kms west of Sydney, 1043m above sea level. It is the most westerly town on the escarpment of the Blue Mountains.

Mt Victoria can be reached via the Bells Line of Road, or via the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains.

The town was originally known as One Tree Hill but was re-named Mt Victoria.

In its heyday, in the late 1800s, Mt Victoria was a fashionable mountain resort. After the railway terminus was established in 1868-9, Sydney’s prominent citizens, and their international guests, would travel by train and stay in smart guesthouses or at the grand Imperial Hotel. Many built holiday homes in Mt Victoria.

Mt Victoria was also an important destination as the gateway to the Jenolan Caves. Coaches ran between the town and the Caves.

Today, many of the old buildings are still standing and are best seen by taking a walk through the town.

 


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Places of Interest

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel opened as a resort hotel in October 1878 and featured tennis courts, a croquet lawn and golf course. The Imperial is the oldest tourist hotel in Australia and was one of the three grand hotels in the Blue Mountains alongside The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba and the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath. Famous visitors to the Imperial Hotel included George V in 1901. Photographs recording this visit are on display inside the hotel foyer.

Today the Imperial Hotel is still a hotel providing accommodation and meals. Enjoy Sunday lunch while listening to live music.

The Manor House - built as a holiday home by John R. Fairfax in 1876. It later became a hotel and was host to many distinguished visitors from the UK. It is now known as Blue Mountains Manor House and is a guesthouse and restaurant in Montgomery St, Mount Victoria.

The Post Office - built in 1876 - on the Great Western Highway

Closeburn House - 1885 – Now beautifully refurbished as a B&B and restaurant at 2-18 Closeburn Dve, Mt Victoria.

St Peter’s Church of England - 1874 - on the Great Western Highway

Toll Keeper’s Cottage (Toll Bar) built in1849

The Library – 1875 – 30 Station Street

Bank Building – 1885 – 22 Station Street

Mount Victoria Police Station – 1887 – 32 Station Street

The Mount Victoria & District Historical Society Museum

See a collection of early Australian memorabilia, photographs and historical records dating back to the early settlers and convicts in the district. On show are everyday items used by the early settlers - farming tools, furniture, dairy utensils, laundry and kitchenware. Also on show is the tableware from the Railway Refreshment Room plus a schoolroom and clothing from the early 1900s. Souvenirs and local history publications can be purchased. The collection is housed in the old Refreshment Rooms (they closed in 1960) of the Mt Victoria Railway Station building.

Open 12-3pm Sat-Sun, school holidays and public holidays. Closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday. Telephone 02-4782-7866.

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

See antique toys and collectibles, including model trains, cars, boats and planes plus books and posters. Trains, Planes and Automobiles buys, sells and values tinplate and diecast mechanical toys and stock a range of model steam engines and hot air engines. One of the best toy shops in the world!
Open 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, plus every day during school holidays.
86 Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria 2786
Telephone 02-4787-1590. Website www.antiquetoys.com.au

Mt Vic Flicks

Mt Vic Flicks is a charming local cinema screening the latest movies as well as special event screenings. Visit their website for coming attractions.
Harley Ave, Mount Victoria. Telephone 02-4787-1577. Website: www.mountvicflicks.com.au

 

Events

Great Train Weekend

Held annually on the last weekend of May, the Great Train Weekend celebrates Mt Victoria’s railway history. Enjoy vintage engine displays, music, food, markets, pony rides, treasure hunts, film, theatre and more.

 

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