One of attractions in the Blue Mountains region is the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which was opened in 2012.
The public centre is located in Katoomba. The main features at the centre include the World Heritage Exhibition and the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Its location on the highest point Katoomba town center gives visitors a spectacular view of the World Heritage area.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre was established to display cultural diversities, innovation, and creativity to local and visitors to the Blue Mountains. Its strategic location in the Blue Mountains region increases the number of the visitors to the centre.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre consists of art galleries and exhibitions. The main art gallery is the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, which is one of the best art galleries in the country. The main features in this art gallery include regional, touring, regional and curate exhibitions. Blue Mountains City Art Gallery hosts several exhibition programs every year including the Expose Exhibition Program.
This program displays artistic works from locals in the Blue Mountains area. The artists compete for exhibition spaces at the gallery every year. Other programs at the gallery include gallery tours, education workshops, talks, and outreach programs. Some the programs focus on developing the surrounding communities.
Blue Mountains City Art Gallery occupies about 600 square feet of the centre and has three major sections. The gallery charges are $5 for adults and $3 for concession tickets. Entry for children under 16 years is free.
The cultural centre also features the World Heritage Interpretive Centre, which features some of the best interactive exhibitions in Australia. Visitors to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre can explore natural and social landscape exhibitions at the interpretive centre.
The exhibitions at this feature tell intriguing stories about the World Heritage area in the Blue Mountains.
Locals and visitors can utilize the resources in the Katoomba Library. The Library is a state of the art facility that merges literature, information, and art. The Katoomba Library has exhibition area and an Aboriginal Knowledge Centre.
Other important features at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre include Cultural Centre Shop that sells high quality mementos and craft made by local artists in the Blue Mountains region. Visitors can enjoy the best local cuisines at the centre’s Restaurant and Café.
The Cultural Centre hosts educational programs at the Multi-purpose Workshop room. Talks, seminars, and presentations take place in the seminar and theatre room. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre allows third parties to hire the venue for their own social and corporate events.
Another feature at the Cultural Centre is the foyer that provides visitor and cultural information.
Hours of Operation
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is open between 10am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and between 10am and 4pm on weekends. The Centre opens at 10am and closes at 2pm during public holidays. The opening hours for Katoomba Library are slightly different from those of culture centre. The Library is open from 10 am from Monday to Saturday and from 12pm on Sundays.