The problem with the definition of a "city" is that there isn't really one which fits at law. Traditionally a city in Common Law is one which was established by Royal Charter; the problem with this is that in Australia, no such settlement exists.
In NSW the definition of a "city" accoding to the Local Government Act is one of at least 10,000 people and has applied to be called a city. Thus the City of Blue Mountains is properly a city and since both Georgie Ford and Tim Hiatt have already taken photographs within it, then it is perfectly reasonable that I should too.
These photographs are taken in and around the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, the City of Blue Mountain's seat of power.
Opened in 1882 as The Great Western Hotel, it was renamed the Carrington in 1886 and traded until 1985 when it was closed and fell derelict until 1991 when it was purchased and then restored and reopened in 1998.
"Whoa. You smell bad"
Inside the building shows itself off as an example of late-Victorian architecture with a cupola in Champagne Charlie's bar which I think equally rivals that of the Queen Victoria Building (also built in the 1880s).
Inside, the tones of the decor reflect something a little later; perhaps evoking the decadence of the 1920s. I wonder just what sort of wild parties would have been held in the ballrooms before the stock market crash in 1929.
I can very much imagine someone like Poirot, Miss Marple or Miss Fisher roaming the hallways; searching for clues which might lead to solving who the murderer was, before all meeting in the lounge and pointing fingers; in fact I'm very much surprised that no-one has decided to use the
Carrington Hotel as a setting for a murder mystery.