Scenic World

May 14, 2018

Currently available: $37AUD+  Visit their site to learn more

The best way to see the Blue Mountains! Our friends at Scenic World have created quite the experience in this UNESCO World Heritage listed wilderness area. The Blue Mountains, named for the blue tinge in the air thanks to the evaporating eucalyptus oil from the abundant eucalyptus trees, cover one million hectares (3,861 square miles) of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons and waterfalls in Australia’s New South Wales, just a quick day trip from Sydney. For a bird’s-eye-view of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, and Mount Solitary, start with the Scenic Skyway, Australia’s highest cable car. For the brave, step onto the world’s only electro-sceni glass floor which turns from opaque to transparent as you smoothly glide 270 metres above the Jamison Valley floor. Be sure to take a walk to the well-tended lookout points of Echo Point and Katoomba Falls. Next, head to the Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger train the world. Adjust your seats from a steep incline of 52 degrees or to the “cliff-hanger” setting at a hair-raising 64 degrees! Gather your wits at the bottom by leisurely strolling along the Scenic Walkway through Sculpture at Scenic World, a temporary exhibit featuring 38 unique artworks (our fave was Duty Free from Linelle Stepto with columns of those ever-present, cute, mini koalas). The ancient rainforest is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with the varied pieces from local and world class artists. You could opt to trek back to the top, but a much more spectacular method is on the Scenic Cableway, the steepest and largest cablecar in Australia, that suspends you over the tree canopy and up the cliff side for the best views of Orphan Rock. Enjoy amazing, panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains at Scenic World!