Scenic World in the Blue Mountains, a few hours west of Sydney, boasts that it offers experiences one can have at no other place on Earth – and it’s right. Where else can you approach the stunning expanse of Australia’s wilderness from no less than four spectacular ways in the space of a few hours?
First up is the steepest railway in the world, a 415m descent that drops through a cliff tunnel into ancient rainforest. Though this is, by today’s standards, fairly tame as a ‘roller coaster,’ the thrill comes from the scenery surrounding the track.
At the bottom, a 2.8km Scenic Walkway guides visitors through the forest to the Cableway, the steepest of its kind in the southern hemisphere (notice a pattern developing here?). After a 545m ride through the Jamison Valley, the thrill-seeker might be up for the most heart-stopping of all the offerings: a 720m journey on the Skyway, 270m above the ground which is separated only by an Electro-Sceniglass floor and a very long and perilous drop.
Where: Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, less than two hours from Sydney by train or car.
Who: All ages.
Cost: For seasonal pricing see the website. Special rates for school holidays.