I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published November 12th 2015
People come from far and wide to see the views at Katoomba (just think of the Three Sisters) but if that's all you bother with, then you're really going to miss out. Katoomba has so much more to offer, including (as even a short stop here will tell you) a very strong art scene, which has lately resulted in an exciting new attraction being added to the streetscape.
The Street Art Walk is an initiative from SAMA (Street Art Murals Australia), a social enterprise that tries to legitimise street art. During the Winter Magic Festival this year, it added more than twenty artworks to the brick buildings of Beverley Place (off Waratah Street) using funds raised through crowdsourcing.
Straight away you can tell that this part of Katoomba would have previously been a very unattractive, dead space. Just the backs of shops lining Katoomba Street. Even now, the dank setting and street-clogging cars remain underneath to juxtapose with the vibrant art.
The Street Art Art walk has turned a dead space into a must-see in Katoomba
Completely transforming the space, the works cover a lot of the available walls and include lots of different styles, from characters to stencils to 3D words. They're world class works too, with artists literally come from across the world to do add theirs to the walk, as well as a number of emerging local artists.
One of the great things about this walk is that the works change too. Even if you saw the walk a few months ago, it's worth checking in on it to see what new art has been added. Street art is impermanent by nature after all.