Get away from the city

Swingin' The Blues will be held at the Palais Royale Hotel in Katoomba, just outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains.

Getting there

There are multiple options available for getting to Palais Royale


If you're lucky enough to live in Sydney and own a car, the hotel is a mere 2 hours away, less if you live in the west, just head straight down the M4 and turn left at Alberquerque.  Uh, we mean Katoomba.

If you're driving and you have room in your car, please consider offering a lift to out-of-town guests on our Facebook event.


The train from Central station takes about 2 hours and costs $5.81.

If you're coming from the Domestic Airport station you'll need to change at Central, which will take a total of around 3 hours and cost $19.61.
NB: A taxi / Uber from the airport to Central station costs ~$40 and takes half the time of the train, so if you're travelling in a group this might be a good option.

Prices are correct as of 19 June 2017.

It's nearly a kilometre from the station to the hotel, so we'll organise a few drivers to do pickups when the trains arrive.

Explore the town


Katoomba’s main street is packed with vintage stores, specialty shops including locally made jewellery and crafts.

Food and drink

There are dozens of restaurants and cafes in Katoomba, the team visited a few on our recon trips and haven’t had a bad experience yet.  The hotel does offer a dinner package (pre-purchase only), and there is a large supermarket where you can get all your grocery needs if you want to make your own lunches and/or dinners.  

A lovely little boutique wine store has a great range of local vintages, and there’s a Dan Murphy’s around the corner if that’s not your thing.

Indulge in comfort

Stay in one of the beautifully appointed rooms in a luxurious bed.  All rooms have an ensuite.

Dance until your feet ache in the main dancing space on the sprung wooden floor, or sit in front of the fire late at night if it's cold enough outside.

Eat and drink in the opulent ballroom, or play games, or run a practice session on the full size hired dance floor.

Relax on one of the gorgeous couches in the huge lounge area between dances.

Not enough? There's also:

  • Free wifi throughout the hotel
  • Heated sauna and spa
  • Free on-site parking

Do I have to share a room?

Yes you do! We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the camp and that means leaving no bed unfilled. There will be plenty of single beds for those who do not wish to share a bed of course.

You will be automatically paired with your buddy for room sharing. Anyone who doesn’t want to share with their buddy, or registered by themselves, will be added to a secret facebook group where you can find a room-mate.

Go outdoors

Our venue is less than half an hour's walk from the Three Sisters lookout, from which several hiking trails lead into the bush.

Need we say any more?