While there are many free walks and waterfalls in the Katoomba area, Scenic World combines even more epic sights with unique transportation to each one. View Katoomba Falls suspended from a clear-bottomed cable tram. Venture down into the canyon on a funicular train. Hike through the forest floor on suspended walkways. Then ascend to the clifftop in a gondola. Well worth the entry fee!

The Katoomba area of the Blue Mountains is so packed with epic sights that it's difficult to see them all! Scenic World allows you to see many of these sights, such as Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and walking on the forest floor in just a few hours. You also get the added experience of riding 3 unique modes of transportation. Tickets range from $37-43 for an all-access pass. Here is a sample itinerary of how to get the most out of your trip to Scenic World.

Start by taking a ride down into the valley floor on the steepest incline railway in the world. This exhilarating trip descends hundreds of meters, through rocks and a tunnel, to a terminal on the forest floor.

Walk through the Jurassic-era rainforest on suspended wooden walkways with points-of-interest all along the track. There are 3 ways to go around the 2.4km loop in either 10, 30, or 50 minutes. When you are finished walking, ascend back up to the main hub via the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere. 

The main building has a cafeteria and gift shop if you want to take a break before the next adventure. Once ready, take the skyway tram across the valley. This tram gives amazing views of Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters on either side, or you can even look straight down through its clear glass floor! The other tram terminal is near Echo Point, which is a great overlook for the Three Sisters. Walk to the overlook, snap some pics, then return to Scenic World on the skyway tram.

This itinerary can be accomplished for free by walking on the Federal Pass and Prince Henry Cliff Walk pathways, but it will take many hours, climbing hundreds of stairs, and you don't get to ride all of the world-class trams and railways that Scenic World offers. For this reason, I think paying the day pass is worth it. I wrestled with the price at the time, but now I am sure glad that I had this experience. Once you've seen all the sights in this area of Katoomba, you now have more time to explore the rest of Blue Mountains National Park. 

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • DSLR camera (or at least cell phone camera)
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sense of adventure
  • $37-43 per person + more for cafeteria food and/or gift shop
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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