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Active across the range of Rotary functions, the Club provides a positive contribution to the local community and welcomes visiting Rotarian's from across the world. Katoomba is the main mountain village in the upper Blue Mountains, and is the only city in a designated World Heritage Area within 2 hours of a capital city in the world. Katoomba was the first tourism destination in Australia and remains today a peak tourism destination.


The Rotary Club of Katoomba is the oldest club in the Blue Mountains and has provided ‘Service Above Self’ to the local community since being charted in 1937.

It was the Charter Club for the two Blue Mountains Probus Clubs.

The original meeting place for the Club was the Paragon Restaurant and this continued for some years. In fact Katoomba was narrowly pipped at the post by USA Club for the longest time meeting at the one venue!

Katoomba Club has another unique feature – three generations of the Hammon family have been long standing members of the club, with Phil’s grandfather being a founding member of the club.


About Rotary

We are 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

What makes us different?

Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:

  • We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
  • We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues and find unique solutions.
  • We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
  • We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.

How do we work?

Our impact starts with our members, people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities’ toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members, responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organisation’s mission and values in their elected roles.

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How did we get here?

We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we’ve taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations from the UN to Easter Seals, get started.

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