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Published June 18th 2012
Miserable weather, a hectic work schedule and the need to get away from it all? Try taking in one of the most spectacular views in NSW this winter.
The June public holiday beckoned, and my partner and I looked at somewhere to stay for the long weekend that wasn't too far from Sydney, with some fun activities and also great food options. We settled on the Blue Mountains.
We spent a day at Jenolan Caves (more on that in an upcoming review), an afternoon in the Megalong Valley, and sampled a lot of hot chocolate and scones in various little towns in the mountains, but one of the highlights was Scenic World in Katoomba.
Upon entering Scenic World, you choose your ticket package – we chose the Scenic Pass but there are a couple of options if you wish to see more/less. This combined a one-way Railway Pass, a short walk through the rainforest on a raised wooden platform, a ride back up the mountain on the Cableway, and then a return trip on the Skyway. There were also several walks of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, however on this visit we were only there for the afternoon and didn't quite have enough time.
For someone quite scared of heights (me), it was a somewhat challenging afternoon. First of all I took a deep breath and went on the Railway. This isn't just any old railway – it's a railway set at 52 degrees gradient, so you are essentially looking at your feet for the entire 7 minutes that the railway ride goes for. It is pretty spectacular as you descend through a tunnel into the rainforest.
Next up was a short but fascinating walk to the Cableway. The walk takes you into the heart of the rainforest that covers the mountains almost in its entirety. If the walk was relaxing that is about as far from the way I felt when reaching the Cableway. You see the Cableway is 216 metres above ground, and it rocks a little at the top of the hill as you're ascending. However I held on tight to the railing, made my partner stand next to the window, and made it to the top.
We then headed to the Skyway, which for me was when my anxiety hit its peak. Why? There is a glass-bottomed floor on the Skyway. Where you can actually see all 270 metres to the rainforest floor. I can't say I particularly thrilled at the idea of jumping on this, but I am very glad I did it – the views of the waterfall and the Three Sisters as well as the whole of the Jamison Valley were amazing. After a quick walk around the top of the mountain and some photographs (evidence that I did it), we descended back down to the main building at Scenic World and headed off to the nearest pub for a stiff drink (actually, another hot chocolate).
You could easily spend a whole day at Scenic World, and the ticket prices are very reasonable. And a tip for the romantics – there's a free walk that's illuminated come night fall, with a great view of the Three Sisters.
The Scenic World experience is a great way to start your visit to the Blue Mountains, But this weekend (23rd) is the day of Winter Magic!www.wintermagic.com.au its a grand day out, a fnatastic community celebration.and you can take in the views as well as meet the locals!!
glad you enjoyed the Blue Mountains!