For every location we visit throughout the world, the obvious lure is the beautiful and unique scenery. We then fall in love with the area because of the emotional responses and overall culture imprint on us. It was no different for Australia; We visited a couple national parks but this specific post was about our first stop: Scenic World, Blue Mountains Australia. The main “attraction” is The Three Sisters.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Scenic World is open every day of the year between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
|ADULT EARLY BIRD||$34|
|CHILD EARLY BIRD||$20|
|Aged 4-13 years. Children under 4 are free!|
|FAMILY EARLY BIRD||$88|
|2 x adults and up to 5 children under 14 years old|
All prices include unlimited rides on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway.
HOW TO GET THERE:
We got there primarily by train followed by a quick and final bus ride. The Blue Mountains Park is a world heritage site and is approximately 100 kilometers/60 miles away from Sydney. It took us about two hours or so to get to our destination.
Just beyond the entrance, Mary’s lookout is a great spot to gain your bearings to get a quick view of the surroundings. This is also the first place you can see the famous: Three Sisters.
Scenic World offers 4 scenic experiences: Scenic Skyway, Scenic Railway, Scenic Walkway, and Scenic Cableway.
The scenic walkway takes you through the Australian bush with less risk of injury from the environment. In some places you are standing a good 5-10 feet/ 1-3 meters above the ground, giving you a better vantage and smoother trip.
There are guided tours which are very informative! They share the history of the park and how native Aussies navigated and utilized the area for their way of living.
Apart from the many different paths to take, there are also rest areas to recuperate and hydrate.
Depending on which package you purchase, your wristband is what will help you or limit you from getting around. We had the package of being able to use the transportation services for “free”.
The Scenic Railway is the steepest commercial railway. It gives an amazing view of the park and even amped us up for the venturous day. Talk about minor adrenaline pump!
The Cableway offers a unique viewing of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.
The cable car takes visitors high above the park, hundreds of feet in the air, overlooking most of the accessible areas. While here, it gives an overview of the entire area (best view to see the park) and has a glass bottom so you can really feel in your stomach just how high you really are. We’d not recommend doing this if you have a young child (or anyone) afraid of heights.
You can take the Skyway to either go to the end of the park where the buses will take you back to town or head back into the main entrance area.
The famous Three Sisters!
In conclusion, it was a great place to visit. We were able to spend a majority of the day here and even had a small picnic in one of the rest areas. The trails are very safe, up kept, and simple to access. The map you receive upon first entering the park is very simple to read and if anything, there are multiple signs along the trails to guide you correctly. The biggest thing we can’t recommend enough is to bring bug spray or anything that will help you fend off the millions of flies that will swarm you. Other than that, it’s a great place for all ages and any body (fitness level) type.
Scenic World Blue Mountains
Corner Violet Street & Cliff Drive
Katoomba NSW 2780 Australia
+61 2 4780 0200