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Scenic World Blue Mountains

Scenic World Blue Mountains
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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. Experience the thrill of the world's steepest railway, glide between clifftops on the glass-floored Scenic Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air, descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Scenic Cableway, explore Jurassic rainforest along the 2.4 kilometres walkway - the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere. Make a day of it with the Discovery Pass which includes unlimited rides all day long! Scenic World offers free all day parking as well as a choice of onsite dining and retail options.
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mdsquash
Hobart, Australia52 contributions
My husband and I had a weekend in the Blue Mountains at the end of Feb 22. We arrived in Katoomba on a Sunday and had planned to visit scenic world, unfortunately it was a rainy and foggy day and visibility at some lookouts we had passed was near zero, we got to scenic world and it looked much the same. We went and checked in to our hotel and a couple of hours later the skies cleared as we had been hoping. We went back to scenic world and were so glad we waited until the fog cleared.
Buying a ticket was easy, probably should have just done it online as I imagine at a time with bigger crowds it would be a very long wait, but wasn't too bad on a Sunday afternoon for us as not too many tourists.
We loved all the rides, maybe because the views were amazing and skies were clear... I can imagine on a normal 'pre covid' weekend the place would be full and possibly not as enjoyable, we had lots of space on all the rides.
Loved the skycar across the canyon with amazing views of katoomba falls which was going strong because of the rain. The cable car down into the valley was also great, and recommend sitting at the front of the railcar for a thrilling experience.
To make the most of the rides we went down in cable car, then did the walks on the forest floor. The walk is on great boardwalks, you are in amongst nature... but not having to walk 'in nature'. There was also a dinosaur attraction on at the time with lifelike models of dinosaurs triggered by motion sensors along the 30min walk path. They were pretty cool, kids seemed to love it. Many people seemed to just do the 10min or 30 min walk option, we also did the 50min walk which had less people, it was all lovely looking at the trees from below.
We didn't try the cafe or buy anything in the shop, we were most interested in the nature experiences. We spent a couple of hours there, and really enjoyed it, a well run experience, just as we were leaving the fog started to come back in.
I can imagine it would not feel as good value or as good an experience if there was fog or/and rain ruining the views.
Written March 5, 2022
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Familyhills
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Friends
The favourite part of our experience was dealing with Isobel in the later part of the afternoon of our weekend trip. Isobel had been driving the scenic railway but happened to be assisting passengers when we queued up in the afternoon for our trip at the front of the carriages. Not only did Isobel make sure we were comfortable waiting for our perfect seat on the carriage, she regaled us with humorous anecdotes only matched by her local knowledge and information. Our cold and chilly afternoon was warmed by her personal yet professional service. What an asset she is to Scenic World! Of course all the staff were incredible that day but Isobel, who we assume must have a role of great responsibility and leadership in the business, really did add that special touch to our visit.
Written July 30, 2022
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Wingecarribee
Canberra, Australia1,963 contributions
Visited May 2021 and the only option available to visitors arriving at the main entrance at this time was to go on and pay for all the rides rather than having a choice of the 4 Discovery Options (Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway, Scenic Walkway). One adult and one concession came to c. $96 which was okay for the experience. The steepest passenger train was good as you can adjust the seat to one of three incline settings, though the trip is over rather quickly and now that it is glassed in it does not feel as exciting as it was years back when it was a more open cage carriage and you could feel the fresh air rush. Liked the views towards the Three Sisters, especially from the Scenic Skyway where there is also a good view of Katoomba Falls. Enjoyed the circuit boardwalk through peaceful tall temperate rainforest with some nice views towards the sandstone cliffs. And got to see a Lyrebird scampering around. Be prepared for some queuing for the rides.

In the main centre there is a café, outdoor and indoor eating areas with views and a touristy gift shop. Public bus goes regularly from Katoomba Street and you can also take in Echo Point via bus. Walking to Echo Point from Katoomba is fine for walkers but getting to Scenic World is a bit more tricky negotiating the road in places. Scenic World is one of the easier ways to see part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage. There are also many other scenic views, activities and bushwalks.
Written May 29, 2021
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Cherie H
Roumazieres-Loubert, France318 contributions
Whilste we loved the 3 rides, it was a bit expensive considering the numbers they must get there 3 - 4 minutes was the average time on each of the 3 rides. Expensive for a large family buy at the same time great fun. Loved the railway and walk in the rainforrest. Be aware that some areas are closed off at the moment so the time spent is shorter than usual. the staff very friendly, the cafe not good if you want to eat healthy.
Written September 2, 2020
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bisboone
Kurri Kurri, Australia23 contributions
Couples
Had booked the 3:45 - 4:15 session but luckily went early as they were exceptionally busy on Good Friday.
Got there at 3pm and lines were really long. Only got to go on the rail and cable car - missed out on walks and scenic skyway as last rides were at 4:50 and we’d spent the whole time queuing for the rail/cable.

Returned for Light up the Night to go on Skyway and really wasn’t too worth it. Again long lines and couldn’t really see too much. The light up stuff would really only appeal to kids under 8.

Did get a good brownie at the cafe at the end of the night.

Would recommend booking an earlier day session and not going on a public holiday as was rushed with the crowds.
Written April 16, 2022
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catalienne
Sydney, Australia335 contributions
Family
Not the scenic world’s fault however due to covid restrictions what would normally be a day of activities is shrunk to 1 hour with 60 people max group which is good however the price should be adjusted as a result.

$160 for a family of 4 for 1 hour is excessive given that you can only do the main 3 things and a very small rainforest walk. Stunning place wish could have spent more time there wandering around.
Written October 8, 2020
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Carrie P
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Couples
As locals we decided to use our dine and discovery vouchers at Scenic World. We booked our tickets on line and chose to arrive close to opening before the crowds built up. What a smart decision - there weren't many people around at 9am. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly. It was good to see covid hygeine being practised with regular sanitising - spraying and wiping railings and handles of the train and hand sanitiser located everywhere on site. The cafes are in good locations but 360 is still not run well with only being able to order food there and buying drinks downstairs. Unfortunately, we've never had a good eating experince here other than the view.
The ride experiences were just as enjoyable as ever. The boardwalk at the bottom is a lovely place to take your time to be quiet and take in the amazing beauty.
On the whole we had a most enjoyable start to the day. Keep up the good work 'Scenic World'!
Written June 5, 2021
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Brisbanekidz
Brisbane, Australia120 contributions
We spent more time queuing than riding. The rides are fun but very brief and cost over $90 for one adult and two kids even with early bird special. Staff were wonderful and it is lovely to be able to support a family business that has been so decimated by covid.
Written April 9, 2021
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Michael O
Sydney, Australia356 contributions
I'm approaching 70 but still love the scenic railway, even if the cars are much more "civilised" that when I was a kid.
The first, really good, point to make is that on the day we were there recentlly the Skyway was out of action. As we checked in they had us fill in the simple form for a 20% refund. This was competely pro-active - no-on had to ask; one of the attractions wasn't available and a partial refund was automatic. That's good service.
The walks it the valley are always enjoyable. In recent years Scenic World has added a substantial length of boardwalks below the bottom stations for the Scenic Railway and the Cableway. These add to the National Park walks.
The only minor grumble is that the Cafe isn't very appealing for lunch. No problem though since the day pass allows you to come and go as you please. We just went back to Katoomba for lunch and then returned (to ride the Scenic Railway one more time).

Written March 24, 2022
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Darren
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Couples
The rides and staff were fantastic and pretty good value for a major tourist attraction. We lucked out and got some excellent weather which helped. The food offerings were on par with expectation in quality and price.
The sculptures on the boardwalk however are a needless distraction from the natural beauty of the forest floor. A natural wonder such as the Blue mountains does not need pretentious artwork scattered around to improve its appeal.
All that aside, Scenic World is a great place to spend half a day enjoying what it has to offer, recommend a mid morning timeslot to limit the possibility of fog being an issue, the lighting in the morning seems really good for photo opportunities also.
Written April 10, 2021
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