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Scenic World

Take the Scenic route for a day

In 1945 the canny Hammon family took the old mining railway originally used to haul shale up the cliff and converted it into a Scenic Railway for the use of visitors. The ride passes down a hair-raising 52° incline through a rock tunnel into the Jamison Valley and the rainforest below. These days, just to get you into the mood, they play the Indiana Jones theme while you descend at a rate of four metres per second.

At the bottom there is a series of raised boardwalks called the Scenic Walkway. Partly wheelchair accessible, these platforms take you on a pleasant, dirt-free walk around the valley going past interesting examples of plant life as well as enormous pieces of old mining equipment. There are museum-style exhibits about the old mine down there as well.

In 2000, Scenic World added the Scenic Cableway: a glass-walled cable car that makes the same trip but with a more spectacular view of the valley. Decide whether you want to descend or ascend in the Cableway; most choose to ascend, because the Scenic Railway is more fun going down.

The Scenic Skyway is a 720m return ride across the valley in a cable car, suspended 270m in the air, with astounding views that take in the entire valley including the Three Sisters. In operation since 1958, it was rebuilt in 2005 with a cable car featuring a glass bottom – those prone to vertigo might want to skip this one. For best value, the Ultimate Discovery Pass ($18-$35; family $88) grants entry to everything that Scenic World has to offer.

Dining is available in the on-site licensed restaurant, EATS270, named for its position perched 270m high above Jamieson valley, complete with panoramic views from its open-air deck.

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Venue name: Scenic World
Contact:
Address: 1 Violet St
Katoomba
2780
Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Price: $21-$39; family $99

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