Scenic World, Katoomba In The Blue Mountains – An Introduction

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Hello there, here’s a post about a great day out from Sydney, or a must-see location when you’re on a family trip to the Blue Mountains.

Scenic World is  the Blue Mountain’s premier tourist attraction, and this post introduces it, with links to the posts with pictures of each of its fab rides and features.

Now then, some of the rides will be fearfully reported as they are quite hair-raising, at least for the mum in the family. My excitable kids were cool with it all, not at all scared but deeply thrilled.

 

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This is the Scenic Skyway, a thrilling ride through the air.

There are separate posts on the Scenic Skyway, the Scenic Cableway, the Scenic Walkway and that old favourite for more than half a century, the Scenic Railway.

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Scenic World Tickets

Pop over to the Scenic World website to view current prices here.

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The photo above gives me a lurching sensation in my stomach, which I sort of quite like really.  The steepest railway in the world certainly sharpened my mind when we did  it. And we did it several times in fact!

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Here’s a photo taken by the photographer at the Scenic Railway, just before we set off.

Once you read all the Scenic World posts, you’ll have a good idea about what you and the family can do at Scenic World, with all the information you need to enjoy a fun-filled visit.

The Scenic Skyway

The Scenic Cableway

The Scenic Walkway

Scenic Railway

 

There’s a lot to learn too about the history of this area of the Blue Mountains, and about the history of the Scenic Railway too.  I was fascinated to learn that the whole operation is still owned and run by the one family whose forefather started the whole thing up in 1944.

Scenic World Tips

Go early!  Scenic World has lots of tour group visiting and can be very busy. If your kids wake you up early then get up and get going to avoid waiting in queues.

Are you at Scenic World fan?

Did you ever visit as a kid?

Happy travelling,

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Posted on: July 12, 2013

25 Comments

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Desire Empire

    We have decided to take a trip up there as a family so this is most timely for us. Looking very much forwarded to hearing your advice on the best way to do it.
    Carolyn

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Kim

    Congrats on the sponsorship. A funny story – a good friend of mine was a foreman at the site of the Scenic Railway, and we’d go and visit during the build. Early in the morning before work commenced we’d hop on the train as a mode of transport down to the valley floor. It was so quiet and peaceful, and quite surreal using it as an actual ‘train’ instead of a tourist feature. One morning it began snowing .. it was magical. Love your photos.

    • Reply July 12, 2013

      Seana Smith

      How lovely to see snow up there. We have been there in fog, very beautiful and atmospheric.

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Ai Sakura

    $77 for a family pass is quite a steal! Just one ticket into Universal Studios here costs around $64! Would love to find out more about Scenic World. Looking forward to the rest of the posts!

    • Reply July 12, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Thank you so much, have you visited Sydney at all? You must !!

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Deborah

    Did you go for the full tilt on the railway? 🙂

    • Reply July 12, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Noooo! Kids did though.

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Lisa

    It looks like a lot of fun – although I am sure I would have to give the Skyway a miss, my fear of heights made me feel ill just looking at the pic!

    • Reply July 12, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes I know that lurching tummy feeling. I don’t mind heights generally but the Skyway is a bit nerve wracking.

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Kate

    Scenic World was one of the highlights of our trip to Sydney last year – my kids are still talking about the scenic railway (I was scared, they LOVED it!).

    We spent a full day at Scenic World, did all of the cable car rides etc and all of the walks. As a family of six, I felt it was incedibly good value and was pleaantly surprised that the family ticket accommodated large families (not something that happens to us very often!). And of course, there’s the scenery! It was STUNNING.

    • Reply July 12, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Great to hear Kate, I know you had a good look at lots of places do that’s high praise. Come again soon!

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Amanda

    That scenic skyway is breathtaking! What a gem (and a bit of a bargain for the price just quietly!)

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Grace

    What awesome fun, Seana!
    I love the steepest railway! And being a lover of heights, I love the scenic skyway too. Look forward to more posts! x

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Robyn (Mrs D)

    That looks SO awesome!! We haven’t been the the Blue Mountains yet (shamefully) and that looks like the perfect place to start! I think we might even head there one weekend in the next month. Thanks for sharing Seana xx

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Leanne Winter

    Hi Seana, Congratulations on the major sponsor. That scenic skyway pic is amazing – afraid of heights though so you’d never get me up there. I will enjoy the rest of the posts as they come, however.

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    GourmetGetaways

    Oh wow! what gorgeous pictures! I never knew this place existed!!
    I am so pleased you are sharing … although I am afraid of heights 😉

  • Reply July 12, 2013

    Kim

    Well done Seana – that cable car is totally freaky – it’s a love hate relationship with me. I absolutely adore the Blue Mountains – i love love love the walks, the restaurants (my fave is The Rooster – little French number found in Jamison’s Guesthouse) … just down the road from the cable car 🙂

  • Hi Seana,
    You know I have never heard of this attraction. The Blue Mountains are a part of NSW that we have seriously under – explored. I’d love to visit Scenic World.

  • Reply July 13, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I love the Blue Mountains and yes, it’s so good to take kids there during the holidays and let them experience all these rides. Congrats on obtaining a major sponsor for your blog! xx

  • Reply July 13, 2013

    Vanessa

    Well done on the new sponsorship!

    My parents live further up the Mountains yet we haven’t done Scenic World yet. I’ve been waiting for Ned to get a bit older. Looking forward to reading more posts about it!

    V.

  • Reply July 13, 2013

    Maxabella

    We LOVE the Blue Mountains and the kids (and me) are mad for Scenic World. Congratulations on your new partnership, Seana. x

  • Reply July 14, 2013

    Denyse Whelan

    Woo hoo to youuuu – great sponsor news.
    I have been on the scenic railway as a kid, and an older teen and to be honest, probably as a mum..soooo long ago I cant recall. I’ve been on the cable car in the ‘olden days’ too. I have mixed memories of Katoomba.. need to share with you one day over a catch up! Denyse

  • Reply July 14, 2013

    Lisa

    Seana, big congratulations on your sponsorship!
    It really is a beautiful place, but the Scenic Skyway would be the end of me…..so high!
    Love looking at it through your family’s eyes x

  • Reply July 14, 2013

    Emily

    Whoop – love your awesome sponsor! I also adore a bit of Blue Mountains – spent a few weekends up there when I was a Sydneysider 🙂 x

  • Reply July 14, 2013

    Lisa Wood

    We so want to go to the Blue Mountains – I love that the family pass includes five children – most places only include two adults and two kids 🙂

    Looking forward to trying all of the Rides! And to hearing your Adventures.

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