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“Iconic steep railway”

Scenic World Blue Mountains
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US$30.45*
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Scenic World Blue Mountains: Unlimited 1-Day Ride...
Ranked #13 of 51 things to do in Katoomba
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Less than two hours from Sydney, Scenic World is renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure - from native birdlife and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and Jamison Valley. Journey on the world's steepest incline railway, glide between clifftops on the glass-floored Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air, descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway, explore Jurassic rainforest along the 2.4 kilometres walkway - the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere. Make a day of it! Scenic World offers free all day parking and a choice of onsite dining options.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Came her New Years Day, could not believe how busy it was, GET HERE EARLY!!!! The place runs really professionally, has had a great up date, make sure you do all, but the railway is the best. Will come back to do some of the walks. They also sell great souvenirs and local produce.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

If you are in Katoomba you have to visit Scenic World. For $35 you get unlimited rides on the Skyway, Cable Car and Scenic Railway, as well as having access to the Scenic Walkway.
We caught the Railway down to the bottom of the valley and then did the long walk along the boardwalks through the rainforest. There’s lots of pieces of old mining equipment around there which shows the history of the place, as well as lots of beautiful trees. It took about 45mins to do that walk, although there are shorter ones.
This took us to where the cable car sits in the bottom of the valley and we caught that back up to Scenic World and had lunch at Eats270. It’s a bit pricey for what you get, but there is a great view of the Jamison Valley while you eat. If it’s a nice day and you can get a table outside, definitely sit there.
After that we hopped on the Skyway and caught it across the valley.
There’s a great look out there for some photos and you can then catch the Skyway back across, otherwise there’s a walk you can do down the Furber Steps that takes you all the way down into the valley. Follow it long enough and you’ll end up at the bottom of the railway which you can then catch back up to Scenic World. The walk has lots of narrow steps and will take you around an hour (longer if you take lots of photos like me. It’s definitely not for people who get vertigo/don’t like heights, and make sure you are wearing comfy shoes as well. It’s graded as a hard walk and I would probably agree with that. I’m not a seasoned outdoorsy type and while not finding the walk overly strenuous, you definitely need to be quite fit to do it. But great scenery and real sense of achievement when you get to the end of it.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is one of those "must do" places, but you will question your sanity when you are queuing to get in, queuing to do each of the rides, and queuing at the cafeteria. For a family, it is an expensive day out. Family tickets (2A, 2C) are around $88, and this gives you entry and access to the three "rides", but if you are patient (with the queues) and do each one more than once then I guess it is "ok" on the value barometer. Just be prepared to queue, that's all. If you arrive at 9am - when it opens - the queues are less for the first hour or so, and this is a good option for the impatient.

If the queues are larger, try taking the cablecar to the bottom first, and doing the scenic railway in reverse. We did this and after going down the cablecar, and up the railway, we noticed that the queue (to take the scenic railway in the downward direction) had hardly moved.

The boardwalks along the valley floor are nice. For those with little patience, there is a "shortened version" which takes only 7 or so minutes (to walk between the cablecar and the scenic railway); and for the more adventurous there is a 2km / 30 Minute version.

Overall, facilities and rides are good for kids, children in prams, and people who are less mobile.

Parking is plentiful, as then the parking station is full they open up the oval (opposite, one minute walk away) for free parking. So don't fret about parking - there is stacks. For people who have preferred parking stickers (elderly and disabled) parking near the main building is also plentiful.

Food is good (for a tourist trap) - hot, quick, and plenty of seating. Prices for food are reasonable too. Can't really fault that part of it.

Gift shop seems to be aimed at foreign tourists. And maybe I am getting old, but there is a distinct lack of choice in the "snowdome" area!

If it wasn't for the queues this would be a 9-out-of-10 experience. So get there early to make it more enjoyable.

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Lorette S, Industry Relations Manager at Scenic World Blue Mountains, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Thank you taking the time to provide such a comprehensive review. Please note that the family pass entitles 2 adults and up to 5 children unlimited rides on the day of purchase which is very generous compared to a lot of attractions. I sincerely hope you had a great day and that you will visit us again in the near future.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

The views are well worth the price of a ticket (which is not cheap). The rides were short but breathtaking. The train ride is very steep!! We spent about 1.5 hours there and weren't rushed. The walk through the trails was lovely and cool. There were plenty of benches along the way for taking a break if you have some difficulty walking, and the surfaces were flat. The wait for the rides was relatively short as it was early in the day on a weekend but by the time we left the lines had grown quite long. Be vigilant when buying stuffed toys as they are all made everywhere else except in Australia.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Beautiful views. I personally felt that all 3 rides were disappointingly short. But then again, you can go as many times as you like.
You will probably spend 2 to 4 hours at the park. The rides themselves won't take up much time. There are 3 different trails you could take. The shortest is a 20 min walk. Along the way, there are signs about the plants, history, etc.
Tips: Go early before 10 am. They have an early bird discount - tickets are $30 instead of $35. Also, less of a crowd

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