Monday, September 10, 2012

Katoomba Scenic World

Yay the Blue Mountains! This is one place I have wanted to visit for a long time. Scenic World has got to be one the best ways to see the fabulous sights of the Blue Mountains.


First stop, the Skyway. With it’s glass bottom to either take in the sights of the gorge below or maybe scare yourself half to death, this cable way spans right across the gorge.

At 270 metres it is the highest skyway in Australia.


It certainly offers stunning views of the famous Three Sisters.


The Katoomba Falls


and of course the greater Blue Mountains area.


The Blue Mountains are 10 times older than the Grand Canyon and the mountain in the centre, Mount Solitary, is the same size as Uluru.


Looking back at Echo Point Lookout from the Skyway. This is definitely one of the highest lookouts I have ever had the opportunity to visit.


A perfect example of erosion, a large portion of the cliff has simply collapsed, leaving this piece sitting precariously on the edge.


The Scenic Railway, don’t worry about Lego Lover, he isn’t about to have a panic attack, he simply didn’t hear me say me ‘photo’.


The original railway car, The Mountain Devil, was built by the Katoomba Coal Mine to replace the coal skip that had been used to transport passengers on weekends.

At 52 degrees this is the steepest railway in the world and let me tell you, it’s a pretty eerie feeling heading deep into the dark forest at such a steep decent!


Once at the bottom the Scenic Walkway is available to explore. At 2.4 kilometres it is the longest boardwalk in the southern hemisphere.


There is no need to walk the entire length though if you do not wish. There are several options of walk times available, depending on how energetic you are feeling.


The early stages of the boardwalk meander past replicas from Katoomba’s coal mining era. Fairy Princess, our little horse lover, was quick to jump up on top.


Including a glimpse inside the coal mine itself.


To get back up to the top we needed to jump on the cableway. This is massive, holding 84 people it is the largest cableway in Australia.

The Blue Mountains is a gorgeous part of Australia and well worth a much longer visit than what we were able to do this time around.

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Fee: $70 for a family pass
Time to allow: 1.5 – 2hours, dependent on lengths of walks, could spend 4+ hours here
Parking: We left the motorhome at the front of the caravan park and walked a short 5 minute, but very pretty bush walk


Kez said...

I haven't done the skyway but have fond memories of the Scenic Railway from when I was a kid!

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