The train ride to Katoomba is always a guaranteed fun day out. But you can add a bit more fun by first catching the ferry to Parramatta, then the train from Parramatta to Katoomba, and finally the local bus from Katoomba to Echo Point to view the famous Three Sisters. If you’re a Gold Opal cardholder, the whole trip will only cost you $2.50.
Circular Quay to Parramatta Wharf
Here’s the timetable for the Circular Quay to Parramatta ferry service. The service is an Opal service and runs every hour from the first service in the morning at 06:47 until the last service in the evening at 18:25.
The trip takes between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes, depending on the number of stops.
Parramatta Wharf to Parramatta Railway Station
On arrival at Parramatta Wharf, you’ll find a taxi stand out front and a bus stop across the street on the corner of Phillip and Charles Streets.
The distance from the wharf to Parramatta station is 1.3 km. It would take about 10 to 15 minutes to walk to Parramatta station. Or just a few minutes in a taxi.
The bus stop sees a regular supply of buses heading to Parramatta station, as it’s a stop on seven routes. There’s a timetable at the bus stop, which should give you a good idea of when the next bus will arrive.
Parramatta Railway Station to Katoomba
Trains leave Parramatta station for Katoomba every hour, sometimes half-hourly, seven days a week. So you shouldn’t have long to wait for the next train.
If you do have time up your sleeve, there are plenty of cafes around Parramatta station for a morning cuppa.
Here’s the Blue Mountains Line timetable.
Katoomba to Echo Point and the Three Sisters
The train from Parramatta to Katoomba takes a little over an hour and a half.
On arrival at Katoomba, you’ll find a taxi rank near the station, as well as a bus stop just up the main street, out front of the Carrington Hotel. You can’t miss it as you can see it from the station. From there, Opal service buses run to Echo Point. The route number is 686. Here’s the timetable for Katoomba to Scenic World via Echo Point (Loop Service)
During the week, the service runs every half hour, but on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, it runs every ten minutes.
Featured image of the Three Sisters, Katoomba by Norma Whitfield