The Giant Stairway, Echo Point, Katoomba

First StepsAt 540 metres in length, with 911 steps hewn from the cliff face and 32 steel staircases, the aptly named Giant Stairway drops almost 300 metres to the floor of the Jamieson Valley below the Three Sisters. At the official opening in 1932, the Newcastle Morning Herald saw it as a “triumph of nerve and skill”, while the Sydney Morning Herald concluded that “patience and courage have had their reward”. Such comments, made in relation to the official opening of both the Giant Stairway and the Projecting Platform at Echo Point on Saturday October 1, 1932, were among many … Continue reading The Giant Stairway, Echo Point, Katoomba

Stratford Girls’ School, Lawson

Stratford Girls School, San Jose Ave. Lawson The original building with its three floor levels and tower was constructed in 1879 and named “San Jose”, by Joseph (Jose) Guillermo Hay, an official in the Lands Department, who had received a grant of 300 acres at Lawson the previous year. In the 1880s Hay took advantage of the Mountains’ new and growing reputation as a health and recreation retreat, and by 1882 the name “San Jose” had the words “The Blue Mountains Sanatorium” added to it and described in a local guidebook as “the best for private families” and “with grounds … Continue reading Stratford Girls’ School, Lawson