How to get to Varuna the Writers' House
Most guests travel to Varuna via Sydney, either by train or car. When you arrive, you will be met by someone from the office (the small shed-like building opposite the house). If you are coming from elsewhere and need help in finding us, please contact Varuna directly.
Train: Sydney to Katoomba
Trains to Katoomba depart from Central Station, Sydney. Interstate, regional or international visitors who need information about the link train from Sydney Airport to Central Station, click here. If going directly to Katoomba, it's advisable to buy a single ticket* from the airport through to Katoomba - it is considerably more expensive if you buy a ticket to Central from the airport and then another one from Central to Katoomba.
*Paper tickets have been phased out and you will need to purchase an Opal Card, either single use or multiple use which can be topped up - click here for how to obtain via the Opal website or here for Airport Link and Opal card information.
Trains leave from Central Station about once every hour at off-peak times and week-ends, and more frequently during peak hours. The journey to Katoomba takes two hours, and departs from the Intercity Platforms area of Central Station. Trains with destinations of Mount Victoria, Lithgow or Katoomba all stop at Katoomba. The station that precedes Katoomba is Leura.
For more information and to plan your train trip from Sydney to Katoomba, click here or phone the Transport NSW Infoline on 131 500.
Driving: Sydney to Katoomba
Driving from Sydney is simple: find your way to the M4 motorway, or the Great Western Highway, and stay on it until you reach Katoomba.
Once you reach Katoomba, follow the signs to turn left into the town from the highway, crossing the railway line. Turn right at the roundabout, and then left into Cascade Street. Varuna is right at the bottom of this long street, at number 141 (on your right, just past Sherman Avenue). Enter the winding driveway until you reach the house. Feel free to unpack your car in front of the house and then later move your car to the car park past the house.
Katoomba Station to Varuna: Taxi
If you come by train, once you alight at Katoomba, exit the station on the town side and catch a taxi from here to Varuna. It's a short, cheap trip (about $10) and the taxi drivers usually know where Varuna is - 141 Cascade St, Katoomba. Tell the driver that it's fine to go up the driveway if they hesitate.
Katoomba Station to Varuna: Walking
Varuna is a 20-25 minute walk from Katoomba Station. The simplest and mostly flat route is to exit the station on the town side, and walk continuously down Katoomba Street (the main town street), crossing at Waratah, Edward and Little George Streets until you come to Abbotsford Road (aprox. 15 minutes). Turn right into Abbotsford Road, off Katoomba Street, and follow the road as it bends left and then right into Warialda Street. Turn left at Cascade Street. You will see Varuna's main driveway entrance (with large sign at the gate) about 200 metres down Cascade Street on your right, just past Sherman Avenue. On foot, however, Varuna is best entered via the exit driveway on Sherman Avenue, the street on the right. Two houses along, from the corner of Cascade Street and Sherman Avenue, you will see Varuna's exit driveway and the front of the yellow 2-storey house up ahead. Simply follow the driveway in.