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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 …

The Three Sisters - Credit MICHAEL SMALL

© Michael Small, Kumbayah Studios

Project Overview

PROJECT OUTLINE -1
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. Will the trees be native or deciduous exotics?
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

    1995
    Lurline Street is 'the most significant gateway'
  • 2009

    Feasibility Study

    2009
    Council undertakes Feasibility Study for Lurline street trees
  • 2015

    Landscape Report

    2015
    Consultants back underground power and full upgrade
  • 2019

    Treeline Lurline

    2019
    Katoomba residents and groups band together for street trees
  • 2020

    Council Priority

    2020
    Treeline Lurline members work with Blue Mountains Council
  • 2021

    Business Case

    2021
    Business case is completed by the Treeline Lurline Team
  • 2022

    $4million Grant

    2022
    The Katoomba Chamber is awarded $4,004,275

Updates

30 Oct 2022: Artists for Treeline Lurline is officially launched at the Carrington Hotel with two new songs written for the project, Mic Conway’s “Katoomba” and Guy Dickerson’s “Katoomba Cats”, a video performance by Katoomba North Ensemble and poems and visual works by other local artists dedicated to the project.

17 Oct—11 Dec: Blue Mountains City Council’s Draft Katoomba Master Plan is on public exhibition. Lurline Street is highlighted in all maps for the ‘Place Vitality Criteria’ and is central to the strategic direction. It also has its own section which reflects the Treeline Lurline vision. We encourage everyone to make a submission.

13 Oct : Monthly meeting of Treeline Lurline Steering Committee. The Council project team report that surveys and related investigations are underway. These will inform the Design Brief for contracting a lead Landscape Designer. They are also necessary for the statutory approvals of public domain works.

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

Artists for Treeline Lurline launch 20 Oct 2022, some of the crowd. Photo by Michael Small

Artists for Treeline Lurline launch 30 Oct 2022, some of the crowd.
Photo by Michael Small

Artists for Treeline Lurline

Mic Conway
Music

‘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
Art

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
Poetry

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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