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Which blue mountains town to live in?

figs
15-Feb-2015
8:11:29 AM
Will be moving to the bluies at some point soon but don't know which town to aim for. blackheath would be my first guess for being close to good sport climbing and I hear there's a good climbing community there. But it does seem pretty small town with not much going on. katoomba is not far away and I presume would have more going on and still have a strong climbing community. Any lived at both? preferences?
climberman
Online Now
15-Feb-2015
9:26:42 AM
I'd live in bleakheath again. Tombtown does not inspire. Leura is..... Leura. Good for whisky only. Wenty is under the radar but makes bleakheath look like kings cross for excitement. Mt vic is lovely. Especially if you like fog.

Seriously if you like climbing blackheath or mt vic.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
15-Feb-2015
11:49:40 AM
On 15/02/2015 climberman wrote:
>Tombtown does not inspire.

On the two random samplings of Katoomba night-life while attending Climbing Festivals spaced seven years apart, I chuckled at that name corruption as it fits well.

I am not a capitalist, but would have thought that small-ish towns would take advantage of tourism numbers inflated by large events due greater numbers of people wanting meals etc.,
... but not so for Ktombtown.

E. Wells
15-Feb-2015
4:03:18 PM
Woodford is the Shizballs. I shouldnt really let the cat out of the bag but Woodfords where its at.
martym
15-Feb-2015
5:37:37 PM
I had a flatmate who told us she was from "the lower blue mountains"


Penrith

figs
18-Feb-2015
9:21:53 AM
Avoid Katoomba is the take home message then :)
patto
18-Feb-2015
10:17:31 AM
On 18/02/2015 figs wrote:
>Avoid Katoomba is the take home message then :)

Absolutely. The place is a hole. Given how pretty the town is it really is surprising the amount of ratbags there are there. Blackheath seems nice and big enough. The other towns are a bit smaller but most have local pubs and you can still easily go to blackheath or Katoomba for shopping and other services. (Wentworth Falls also seems nice.)

(I don't live up there but those are my observations as a non local.)

Byron
18-Feb-2015
10:38:38 AM
I'm curious too, we are considering a move up there in a while. One of our criteria was also to consider the relative commute to Sydney, as we'd likely need to get there a couple times a week for work. At the moment we reckon maybe the distance is arbitrary once you're up there, so go for what we like best (most likely Blackheath)... keen to hear more.

Jayford4321
18-Feb-2015
10:47:17 AM
On 18/02/2015 patto wrote:
>On 18/02/2015 figs wrote:
>>Avoid Katoomba is the take home message then :)
>
>Absolutely. The place is a hole. Given how pretty the town is it really
>is surprising the amount of ratbags there are there.

It still way better than nowra and with way less bogans.
The Backpackers Hostel is the hot place for pick ups.
Much more climbing nearby to.
climberman
Online Now
18-Feb-2015
11:18:51 AM
On 18/02/2015 Byron wrote:
>I'm curious too, we are considering a move up there in a while. One of
>our criteria was also to consider the relative commute to Sydney, as we'd
>likely need to get there a couple times a week for work. At the moment
>we reckon maybe the distance is arbitrary once you're up there, so go for
>what we like best (most likely Blackheath)... keen to hear more.

I can confirm that Blackheath to Sydney is a loooooong way for work.

sbm
18-Feb-2015
11:55:38 AM
I enjoy trying to determine the most accurate line between the "West Penrith" of the Lower mountains and the hippy retiree tendencies of the Upper mountains every time I drive up.

deadbudgy
18-Feb-2015
11:58:00 AM
On 15/02/2015 martym wrote:
>I had a flatmate who told us she was from "the lower blue mountains"
>
>
>Penrith

I think you mean 'West Penrith'

Byron
18-Feb-2015
1:03:58 PM
>I can confirm that Blackheath to Sydney is a loooooong way for work.

Indeeeed.

White Trash
18-Feb-2015
5:22:42 PM
woodford has a good bookstore. you might not rate this thing , until yuo get a month of not climbing weathre.
martym
18-Feb-2015
8:47:41 PM
On 18/02/2015 Byron wrote:
>>I can confirm that Blackheath to Sydney is a loooooong way for work.
>
>Indeeeed.

A lot of my colleagues commute from the blueys, the key is to find somewhere that all trains stop at (not Blackheath or Medlow)
Glenbrook has a pretty good reputation... Halfway..

wallwombat
19-Feb-2015
10:53:36 AM
I used to live in Hazelbrook, which was OK. Yes, my mates who lived further up used to refer to it as West Penrith but it didn't worry me. It didn't take very long to drive up to good climbing spots and there were lots of beautiful walks and waterfalls around Hazo. Driving home after climbing on a Sunday could be a chore as the traffic used to really limp back down the hill.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
19-Feb-2015
11:04:33 AM
On 19/02/2015 wallwombat wrote:
>Driving home after climbing on a Sunday could be a chore as the traffic used to really limp back down the hill.

The fun police making all the unrealistically low (and varied), speed limits for the hill (both sides), didn't really help that either...
martym
19-Feb-2015
1:43:23 PM
On 19/02/2015 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>On 19/02/2015 wallwombat wrote:
>>Driving home after climbing on a Sunday could be a chore as the traffic
>used to really limp back down the hill.
>
>The fun police making all the unrealistically low (and varied), speed
>limits for the hill (both sides), didn't really help that either...

On the contrary - we counted 25 speed changes from Mt Vic to the M4 one trip - that was "fun"

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