Working together to create a landmark boulevard of trees, seasonal colour, heritage, art & story along Lurline Street linking Katoomba town centre to the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.

Why Treeline Lurline?

Lurline Street is the main route from Katoomba town centre to the iconic Three Sisters at Echo Point, a premier tourist attraction in the Blue Mountains National Park. 

It is the gateway for millions of visitors every year to the most visited Aboriginal sacred site in Australia.

It is also an important thoroughfare for thousands of locals on our way to town or to enjoy the early morning clouds in the valley before the tourists arrive. It takes us to our homes, schools, parks, cafes, galleries, local services and speciality shops on and around Lurline Street.

Today this historic gateway and thoroughfare is run-down with broken kerbs, blocked drains and cracked and patched footpaths. There are no seats, drinking fountains, bins or summer shade. There is a battalion of poles and wires. The grand avenue of trees planted in 1905 was removed around 1960.

Lurline Street is in urgent need of renewal and revitalisation, of less asphalt and more beauty, comfort, art and story.

Local residents and businesses have banded together to work with governments to make this happen. It started with the trees, but there is much more …

 Lurline Street between Katoomba Town Centre and Echo Point, Katoomba Master Plan, Blue Mountains City Council.

Council updates

Project Overview

Project Outline

Treeline Lurline is an infrastructure renewal project of major tree planting with underground power lines and whole-of-precinct refurbishment along Lurline Street. It is a community-powered collaboration of residents, business and government. See more >

Autumn Equinox March 2022 Bert Hinkler Memorial Park
Project Benefits

Katoomba will fulfill its potential as the uber-cool vintage town above the clouds – liveable, walkable, arty and spectacular. Beneficiaries include local people and businesses, visitors, wildlife, the national park, water catchment, climate and local council. See more >

Scope drawings of street refurbishment – Ron Powell & Associates
Plans, Costs & Funding

The 1.6 km project has been scoped in six stages/street blocks with a total cost estimate of $32.2m. Stage One will be completed with $4m from the Federal Government and $25k from Bendigo Community Bank Katoomba. We are in the process of seeking… See more >

Members of the Treeline Lurline working group - Credit Blue Mountains Gazette
About Us

Treeline Lurline is an alliance of local people with a love of Katoomba and commitment to transforming Lurline Street into a place of trees, beauty, art and story. It began in 2018 and was formally organised in January 2019 under the auspice of the Katoomba Chamber See more >

Miners'cottages, late 19th century
Art & Heritage Walk

There are many stories hidden in the landscape, buildings, gardens and living memories of Lurline Street. Located on Gundungurra and Darug Country with a history of at least 22,000 years, it leads to the most visited Aboriginal sacred site of our day. The street itself … See more >

SHORT HISTORY Sydney Mail 6 May 1936
A Short History

1905 Katoomba Council plants London Plane trees along Lurline Street at 10m intervals from the town to Echo Point. The budget is £23 ($46). There is controversy.

1936 The Sydney Mail feature the avenue of Plane Trees along “well-known Lurline Street” in Katoomba to promote … See more >

Mic Conway at the Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba Street
Artists for Treeline Lurline

Local arts and artists are at the heart of Treeline Lurline, helping us to see what is there and what is not and to imagine what could be. We cannot create change without first imagining it. Treeline Lurline began in 2018 when … See more >

Questions and Answers
Questions & Answers

1. What types of trees will they be?
2. Why were these chosen?
3. What are the expected heights of the trees?
4. Will they be in the road or footpath?
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Project Progress

  • 1995

    Significant Gateway

    Lurline Street is 'the most significant gateway'
  • 2009

    Feasibility Study

    Council undertakes Feasibility Study for Lurline street trees
  • 2015

    Landscape Report

    Consultants back underground power and full upgrade
  • 2019

    Treeline Lurline

    Katoomba residents and groups band together for street trees
  • 2020

    Council Priority

    Treeline Lurline members work with Blue Mountains Council
  • 2021

    Business Case

    Business case is completed by the Treeline Lurline Team
  • 2022

    $4million Grant

    The Katoomba Chamber is awarded $4,004,275


5 June 2024   Two high voltage poles taken down on west side of junction with Waratah Street. Power commissioned for undergrounded high voltage cables. Date to be confirmed.

22 May 2024  Low voltage poles and wires taken down in Block One, Waratah to Merriwa Street. Power commissioned for new undergrounded low voltage cables.

9 – 30 April 2024 Tenders open for the Stage One civil works including new kerbs and alignment, cycleway, footpath, crossing, feature paving, tree planting, street furniture, drainage.

4 March 2024 Construction commences for undergrounding power and new lighting from Waratah to Merriwa Streets. Work is schedule to take 3 months.

31 January 2024 Contract awarded to Dancore Solutions for Stage One underground power and new lighting.

November 2023 Public exhibition for submissions on Draft Designs.

June-July 2023 Public exhibition for submissions on the Treeline Lurline project.

28 Mar 2023 Contract for Lead Designer for Stage 1 awarded to Civille strategic design consultancy.

Treeline Lurline Gallery

Contact us to share information or a photo of Lurline Street for our Gallery. We are always looking for our next ‘Photo of the Week’.

Photo of the Week

22 May 2024  Cutting the wires to then remove the poles on corner of Lurline and Waratah Streets.

Artists for Treeline Lurline

Mic Conway

‘Katoomba’ was written and performed as a gift from Mic Conway for the Treeline Lurline project. Recording and editing supported by Bendigo Community Bank Katoomba. See more >

Lyn Harrison

Says Lyn Harrison, ‘Lurline Street is part of my habitat, my haunt, my beat, where I walk most days. I’m fond of the houses and people and the weird gnarly trees, and the dogs and the bears and horses and Geoff at the gallery on the way. It’s an interesting street in an interesting town.’ See more >

Leonie Bingham

Leonie Bingham wanders all around Katoomba collecting ideas and finding interesting things to photograph. When she heard about the Treeline Lurline project she decided to explore Lurline Street. Here is her poem about that. See more >

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