Scenic World

Blue Mountains


Nestled in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Scenic World offers a self-guided nature-based experience like no other. Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train and open 9am to 5pm every day of the year, Scenic World is a must-see destination for overseas and interstate visitors — and a great day out for those living in the Sydney region.


Set high on an escarpment opposite the world-famous Three Sisters, Scenic World was originally home to a coal mine that dated back to 1878. The Scenic Railway was built to haul coal 310 metres up from a mine in the Jamison Valley, and developed notoriety for being the steepest railway in the world. It is now one of four experiences for visitors to choose from at Scenic World. Recognised with a Guinness World Record, passengers of the Scenic Railway can choose the angle at which they experience the ride. Choices include the ‘Cliffhanger’ experience which allows them to ride at an angle of 64 degrees, the 'Original' option at 52 degrees or ‘Laid Back’ option at 44 degrees. Not to be outdone, the Scenic Skyway is the only horizontal-passenger-carrying cable car in Australia. It crosses the Jamison Valley at a height of 270 metres — twice as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Its unique electro-scenic glass floor allows passengers to see the valley directly beneath them and experience a ‘walking on air’ effect. Upon reaching the Skyway’s East Station opposite Scenic World, visitors find themselves at walking tracks that boasts some of the best views in NSW, including up-close views of the Three Sisters. Return trips from East Station to Scenic World run every 10 minutes, affording a repeat dose of 360 degree views of the Jamison Valley. The Scenic Cableway is another Scenic World feat of engineering, being the largest and steepest aerial cable car in Australia. The experience was added to Scenic World in the year 2000 and since then, gently descends 510 metres into the Jamison Valley. Pram and wheelchair friendly, it provides magnificent close-up views of Orphan Rock, Mount Solitary and surrounding cliff faces. In the Jamison Valley visitors will find themselves enveloped by an ancient rainforest, this can be further explored by strolling along the amazing Scenic Walkway. Located deep within the Jurassic rainforest of the Jamison Valley floor, the Scenic Walkway is an elevated boardwalk that includes a 300 metre easy-walking link between the base of the Scenic Railway and Scenic Cableway. The boardwalk loops an additional 2.4 kilometres for visitors who wish to be fully immersed in the rainforest while spotting some of the local fauna, such as Lyre Birds! It’s even more magical there in the rain; colours change, mist shrouds the towering cliffs above, hidden waterfalls murmur, raindrops cling to leaves and the native birds become more vocal. On the escarpment, Scenic World has two licensed dining options — our quick service Terrace Café and casual eatery EATS270. Both boast a wide range of food options which can be enjoyed while taking in the incredible views. Enjoy a delicious coffee from Mary’s Lookout, a terrific vantage point to take in the Three Sisters and the vast Jamison Valley. Plan your visit to Scenic World and get ready for epic panoramas of Blue Mountains wilderness, waterfalls and escarpment! Open 9am-4pm daily.

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