Ride the Blue Mountains
Scenic World is a third-generation family-run business, and Australia’s most visited privately owned attraction. The modest 12-seater wooden coal skip that first attracted tourists in the 1940s has made way for a modern 84-passenger train accompanied by Scenic World’s glass-bottomed Skyway and enormous Cableway. Views of the 10,000 square kilometre Blue Mountains World Heritage Area are spectacular, including the iconic Three Sisters. A 2.4 kilometre wooden boardwalk loop lets you stroll alongside sassafras and lilli pilli trees, ancient ferns and apple gums. Select your position for the fun ascent/descent on the world’s steepest passenger railway.
Length of Trip : Scenic World makes a great day trip out of Sydney.
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Best time to go : Open every day of the year, from 9am to 5pm.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
There are a couple dining options at Scenic World. EATS270 has lunch menus featuring seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers where possible. Try their signature Angus beef burger and steakhouse chips, fresh wraps or seasonal specials. With outdoor seating and panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, the Terrace Café offers coffee, specialty teas, snacks and bakery treats. In Katoomba, we had great sushi at the local favourite, Sushi n Co.
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Where to Stay :
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in the Blue Mountains.
When in Sydney, we recommend staying in the spacious, serviced apartments of our partner, the historic Oaks Goldsbrough. Located in Darling Harbour, it has easy access to restaurants and the famous Darling Harbour walkway.
Getting There :
Scenic World is located at on the corner of Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba. It's about a two hour drive from Sydney. You can also take the train to Katoomba, and catch the Blue Mountains Explorer or 686 bus which drops you off at Scenic World's main building. There is free undercover parking on site.
Note from Robin :
The steep railway car was originally powered by coal, and when I stand at the bottom of the 310-metre-track, I realize they must have needed a lot of it. Today everything is electric, with swishy automatic doors, smiling operators, and a button that automatically adjusts the incline of your forward facing chair for comfort and thrills. It doesn’t take very long to get to the top (or reversely to the bottom) but it is plenty long enough to make you hold tight, brace your knees against the cushioned support bar, and wonder – as I have many times on this journey – how is this a thing?