The most sustainable approach is not to build new buildings, thus avoiding the carbon footprint of demolition, redevelopment, and new construction. The merits of preservation and sustainability are well known with many social and environmental benefits to preserving historic properties such as The Carrington.

Abandoned and near derelict, a haphazard restoration of The Carrington began in the late 1900s.

In 2003, the current owners committed to heritage preservation, sensitively restoring the property to what it is today. Their commitment balances preserving heritage with improved energy efficiency, adopting sustainable practices wherever feasible within conservation constraints.

Salvage of appropriate historic material can be seen throughout The Carrington. Historic fixtures are retained, repaired, or upgraded, rather than replaced. The sustainable reuse of existing materials includes original timbers repurposed into doors, window frames, stair treads – even a coat rack from an old wardrobe.

Local, artisanal trades were contracted, providing specialist expertise and traditional techniques in stained glass, bricklaying and carpentry.

A significant project was the restoration of the Chimney. After numerous lightning strikes over the past 100 years,
a major crack developed in the top crown. Over a period of weeks, highly trained specialists methodically removed over 5 tonnes of brick by hand. The bricks were preserved and remain in storage on site ready for reconstruction once an appropriate engineering solution is

Preserving or conserving an existing building is the ultimate recycling.

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The Carrington is committed to diverting waste from landfill, striving to minimise climate impact and consumption costs. 

  • Each week, The Carrington recycles over 8,000 litres of waste reducing our landfill waste by 40%. Recycled materials include paper, cardboard, glass, textiles, steel, aluminium and plastics.
  • The Carrington also only offers biodegradable food serviceware and packaging at our major events and festivals.
  • Solar panels are discreetly installed to minimise visual interruption to the heritage facade.
  • Bathrooms sensitively updated from their original style, retrofitted with sustainable inclusions such as underfloor heating, dual flush toilets and water efficient fixtures.
  • Energy efficient light globes installed in all fixtures including chandeliers since 2010.
  • Water saving measures such as mulch, compost and water crystals for the onsite gardens.
  • Planned development of the Katoomba Brewing Co premises features a rooftop water catchment system, diverting rainwater directly to the microbrewry.

In the Kitchens

donate viable vegetable scraps to local poultry suppliers
cryovac produce to prolong freshness & quality to minimise waste
recycle kitchen oils via our local supplier
source local produce for seasonal menus


More than a landmark, The Carrington is proud of our contribution to the Blue Mountains’ community.

We are actively engaged in community and charitable initiatives providing expertise, time, sponsorship, and often a venue for gatherings in the absence of a town hall.

Organisations we support include:

Community events we host or participate in include

“The future of this hotel and of this town go hand in hand”

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Over 18?

Carrington Cellars & Deli sells liquor. If you are 18+ please click Enter. IF NOT, click Leave.

Upon ORDER delivery, you may be asked to produce verification of your identity & age.

Liquor Licence No. LIQH400118821.

The Carrington practices responsible service of alcohol. Alcohol is not sold or supplied to anyone under 18 years of age – it is against the law.