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Published April 7th 2021
Ride the steepest railway in the world, glide between cliffs

Located less than two hours from Sydney CBD, Scenic World calls home. Situated in the stunning World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Scenic World is renowned for providing the ultimate and unique Blue Mountains adventure.

Scenic World features Scenic Railway, the world's steepest incline railway, Scenic Skyway, which is suspended 270 metres in the air, and the Scenic Cableway, which descends into the ancient Jamison Valley.

Scenic World is not just packed with adventure, it is home to endless breathtaking views too

Attractions include:

* The Scenic Railway:

This thrilling ride features a 52-degree incline, making it the steepest passenger railway in the world! The experience also features glass-roofed red carriages that offer expansive breathtaking views of the lush rainforest setting and stunning Jamison Valley.

Check out that steepness!

The railway experience descends 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel and emerges into the Jamison Valley floor's ancient rainforest.

All aboard! It was time for the thrilling Railway experience

* The Scenic Walkway:

This awe-aspiring experience allows you to discover the tranquillity of the ancient rainforest with an elevated boardwalk. Along the way, explore the region's coal mining history elements, including the mine entrance, a replica miners' hut, and a scale bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony.

Mining displays on the Scenic Walkway

This open-air experience also features rest benches along the route and various walks taking ten minutes or a full hour. The walk is signposted and is wheelchair accessible between the bottom of the Cableway and Railway stations.

Some of the breathtaking & tranquil views on the Scenic Walkway boardwalk

* The Scenic Cableway:

Offers breathtaking panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. It is also the Southern Hemisphere's largest and steepest aerial cable car! The experience features a 545-metre journey gently descending into the Jamison Valley and top of the escarpment.

This fully enclosed stand-up only cabin offers a unique vantage point for viewing the mighty Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary, and Katoomba Falls Whether you are staying or passing the spectacular Blue Mountains region, be sure to add this must-see adventure attraction to your itinerary.

Awe-inspiring views can be seen from the Cableway ride

* Scenic Skyway:

The Skyway showcases a unique, thrilling and awe-inspiring experience as you glide between the cliff tops and gaze at the ancient rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway. The Skyway suspends 270 metres above ancient ravines and showcases a thrilling experience with lashings of breathtaking views that are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor.

If you are feeling less adventurous, seating and solid flooring are available.

Spectacular views from the Skyway ride.

For the History Buffs:

In 1945, the Hammon Family purchased land that at the time was an operating mine. They began taking tourists on the passenger car 'Mountain Devil' early on, and over time, they decided that the passenger railways were to be the business's primary operation.

As time went by, they opened a souvenir shop, and in 1958, construction began on the Scenic Skyway.

Scenic World used to have a roller coaster known as the Orphan Rocker, named after the nearby Orphan Rock. This was the first roller coaster to be wholly designed and manufactured in Australia. The ride's highlight was meant to be a swooping banked turn that took riders within metres of the edge of a 200-metre cliff. It was originally planned as a scenic monorail ride but soon evolved into a roller-coaster ride.

Portions of the roller coasters track have been removed as of 2017.

Today, Scenic World is managed by the same family and is in the 3rd generation. Whether you are super adventurous or just want to experience a different perspective of the stunning Blue Mountains region, Scenic World is a must!

Please note due to COVID-19 all tickets must be pre-purchased online. Experiences are done in "timed" groups.
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Why? Adventure activity in the Blue Mountains
When: Daily: 9am-5pm - check website for all updates due to COVID-19
Phone: (02) 4780 0200
Where: Violet St &, Cliff Dr, Katoomba
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing
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