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Discover art in a rainforest valley floor at Katoomba
A day out in the Blue Mountains is now only an hour and a half's drive from Sydney's inner west due to the road upgrades and extra lanes and with so many attractions the region still captivates no matter how many times you've visited.

This year I finally made it to Sculpture at Scenic World, a unique rainforest exhibition in the Jamison Valley. Now in its 3rd year, exhibiting artists transform the area into an outdoor gallery with some colourful, interesting and unusual creations.

Sculpture at Scenic World
Vestiges of the Forgotten by Jacqueline Spedding

The best way we found to start is to take Scenic World's Cableway down to the Walkway, an elevated boardwalk where you can wander around on either a 10, 30 or 50 minute walk. We did the 30 minute walk which took us around all 30 sculptures.

Sculpture at Scenic World Blue Mountains
Terms of Trade by Simon Alexander Cook

Both local, national and international artists' work is on show and you can listen to an artist talk, take in a lecture or a workshop. There are various awards for the artists, including a People's Choice Award, that you can vote on.

Sculpture at Scenic World Katoomba
A Backwards Attitude by Louis Pratt

Along with the Cableway, we also took rides on the Scenic Railway and Skyway. The steepest passenger train in the world lets you ride into the valley with a choice of 3 inclines that you can choose from by adjusting your seat. Hold on to the bars for this one.

Scenic Railway Katoomba
Journey down the steep decline on the Scenic Railway

Taking the Skyway is easier with no declines and drops you near to Echo Point giving great views on the way of the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

Mt Solitary Blue Mountains
Mount Solitary from the Skyway

Wrap up warm for this time of year and enjoy a hot drink in the café or some lunch in the bistro. Scenic World also has an ATM and shop with lots of great souvenirs, clothes, hand-crafted jewellery and gifts.

A great day out where photo opportunities abound.

The Three Sisters
A glimpse of the iconic Three Sisters from the rainforest
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Why? For some art and a great day out
When: 9am-5pm daily
Phone: 02 47800200
Where: Cnr Violet St & Cliff Drv Katoomba
Cost: Adults $35, Children (4-13) $18. Includes sculptures and multiple rides on cableway, railway and skyway
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