Scenic World is a fun way to experience the Blue Mountains at any time of the year but over summer 2021-2022 visitors can get more bang (or roar) for their buck with the return of Dinosaur Valley.
A friendly apatosaurus with its long, long neck greets you in your vehicle as you arrive at Scenic World's gates. Then there's the awe-inspiring sight of a life-size T-rex swishing its tail and flexing its jaws as you make your way to check in.
Led by a friendly guide, you'll first make a spectacular descent via the Scenic Cableway, then be led out along the Scenic Walkway for a one-kilometre journey along the rainforest floor glimpsing fossils, eggs and startling replicas of local Australian and other dinosaurs.
Try not to panic as a family of triceraptopses lumbers into view, or a pair of pteranodons swoops in from up above. Meet Queensland's answer to the velociraptor, the Australovenator, as well as stegasaurus, and a pair of pachycephalosauruses with their weird, spiky crown of thorns head gear, and more.
At the end of your journey you'll return to the top of the escarpment via the Scenic Railway – aka the world's steepest railway, a vertiginous experience that always manages to get the heart racing as it reverses back up the valley through sheer rock.
Families with dinosaur-obsessed little ones will love this experience, and while there is nothing here to cause lasting trauma in anyone over the age of two it's not an attraction you can bring a pram to as there's a steep stairway at the end. Kids can get a junior ranger pack to expand upon the experience with a cardboard pair of binoculars, reusable water bottle and Dinosaur Valley bandana.
As a bonus this year a life-sized Fukuiraptor will also take centre stage from December 18 with Raptor Tales, a 20-minute puppet performance delivered in conjunction with Erth Physical Inc – tickets to that one are sold separately.