CARRY A GOOD INSECT REPELLANT
EVEN IF JUST OUT FOR THE DAY WALKING HERE IN THESE NATIONAL PARKS:
CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK WITH SOME ESENTIAL ITEMS:
ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH DRINKING WATER
A GOOD INSECT REPELLANT GOOD HIKING/WALKING BOOTS:
SOME WETWEATHER GEAR:
A WARM JACKET AS WEATHER CAN CHANGE QUICKLY:
A WIDE BRIMMED HAT A SMALL TUBE SUNSCREEN: MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY IS WELL CHARGED..
Visit Scenic World
There are 4 main attractions at Scenic World
1.Skyway - Cable car with glass bottom 720 meter journey 270m above ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls$16.00
2.Flyway - 545 metre ride into (or out of) the World Heritage Listed rainforest of the Jamison valley. $16.00
3.Railway - 415m descent will lead you through a cliff side tunnel into ancient rainforrest. $8 each way
4.Walkway - over 2 kilometres of boardwalk through the ancient rainforest
open every day from 9am - 5pm
RIDE THE SCENIC RAILWAY
more of a white knuckle ride than a trip down a mountain, the Scenic Railway is actually a fernicular. it travels at 4 metres per second and is the worlds steepest incline railway, its maximun grade is over 50 degrees, and it drops down 415 metres to the well signposted boardwalk in the Jameson valley
the train was originally built in the late 19th century to transport coal which was for many years mined in the valley
the train, which holds over 80 passengers travells up and down every ten minutes, you can choose to travel just by train or by a combination of train and the Sceniscender cable car
KATOOMBA COAL MINE
Along the boardwalk between the Scenic Railway and the Sceniscender is the Katoomba coal mine exhibition
the narration is that of an old man telling his young grandson about the days when this was a working mine, and slides and sound effects are used, it is really interesting though only short [ about 7 minutes ] you can see into the mine entrance, and there are several artefacts to see.
As you walk along the boardwalk you can still see pieces of mining equipment abandoned wen the mine closed
Katoomba - key to the Blue Mountains
Katoomba is an aboriginal name meaning "falling Water". For me it means walking, for the majority it means looking..
The area attracts visitors by the busload; you only have to go to the lookout and you can watch the daily passing parade.
The Scenic Railway, the Skyway observation cable car and the new cable car called Scenicender that takes you to the valley floor and boardwalk are for those who wish to join the throng. I have to admit to having done it myself on occasions.
Beside the Great Western Highway there is an explorers tree "blazed " by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson; the original explorers who found their way over the mountain to the fertile land beyond by following ridge lines and not watercourses.
The scenery from Echo point and the Three Sisters is breathtaking into the Jamieson Valley, but places like Kanangra Walls and Newnes are equally as spectacular but rarely visited.
The Three Sisters in aboriginal mythology are Mennhi,Wimlah and Gunnedoo.
Bear in mind that this part represents but a tiny part of the overall Blue Moutains. Allow time and you'll be amazed.