Escaping To The Blue Mountains With Kids
After seeing so many beautiful images of the Blue Mountains on Instagram, we decided to spend the weekend there. But where to start? There is so much to see and experience!
We continued to see pictures and decided that Scenic World would be at the top of the list of things to do in the Blue Mountains. My husband and I wanted to explore and test ourselves on the bushwalks and while the kids love seeing the amazing views, we wanted them to enjoy this trip away as much as us.
Scenic World – why is it so popular?
Scenic World isn’t your typical theme park. It is your chance to experience and explore nature and everything the Blue Mountains has to offer in one place! Nature not really your thing? Don’t worry because it isn’t your typical walk in the bush either with nothing but trees, mountains and dirt to keep you company.
Bush walks and the Three Sisters
If you are heading to the Blue Mountains then it is likely that you already know what the Three Sisters are. Just in case, it is a spectacular rock formation in the Blue Mountains. The famous landmark can be found at Echo Point in Katoomba but it can also be viewed when enjoying the Scenic Skyway at Scenic World.
We started our adventure with a walk through the Blue Mountains National Park and ventured to Katoomba Falls. It was amazingly beautiful and easy for the kids to do as well. It was so cold that puddles of water had turned to ice but it gave the kids a chance to take in and appreciate how the weather effects nature as well. We walked out over Honeymoon Bridge which connects to the first sister and just soaked up the views. The following day we ventured to Scenic World.
What makes Scenic World worth a visit
If you want more than just amazing views, you will not be disappointed. There are heaps of things to see, do and learn.
There are plenty of walks but throughout each of them you will find exciting things that make you want to have a read and discover what it was and why it is there. The old mines are a great example and it gives children an insight into life decades before technology.
You will be educated about the surrounding mountains, the vines and much more. While on one of the rides I learnt that the blue hue you can see over the mountains is caused by a reaction of Eucalyptus oil mixing with a combination of dust particles, water and rays of light. Pretty amazing really!
There are several rides that you can enjoy over and over again. My favourite was the Scenic Railway so let me tell you about it first.
• Scenic Railway – This is the world’s steepest passenger railway! With an incline of 52 degrees, it is a ride worth taking. There are three different seat positions can enjoy – if you are a thrill seeker, the 64 degree ‘Cliffhanger’ is for you. You then have the option of original or you can be delighted on a cruisier laid back journey. This was loved by all of us, including our three year old. Fun for the whole family!
You will experience views of the Jamison Valley through a cliff-side tunnel and incredible sights of the rainforest. When you disembark at the bottom you can then venture your way around the Scenic Walkway and Jurassic Rainforest or get back in line and ride it back to the top. It claims that the train departs every 10 minutes but I don’t think even waited that long, basically you don’t have to wait long to catch the next one if you mix it.
• Scenic Cableway – The cableway was our next favourite and the staff on this ride were fantastic! They were informative and let the kids have the good seats while playfully encouraging them to help get the ride started by pushing it.
While it may be the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, it was a nice casual 570 metre ride that descends into the Jamison Valley. Offering incredible views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mt Solitary and Orphan Rock; you will not be disappointed!
• Scenic Skyway – Suspended 270 metres in the air, you will enjoy 360 degree views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and the Jamison Valley. There is also a glass floor in the centre so you can look straight down if you like. When you get off the skyway, you are placed in a great spot to access bush trails to Echo Point. It was a really cold and windy day when we went so we didn’t really enjoy this one very much as it isn’t fully enclosed.
There is a restaurant and café there, I will warn you though, they are expensive. Consider taking lunch and at bare minimum bottles of water with you. This particularly the case if you intend on taking on the Giant Staircase walk. It is incredible with overhanging rocks and just shy of 900 stairs. It is a very popular way to spend half a day, even though it is hard going!
If you are planning a trip to the Blue Mountains, Scenic World has to be on your list of Blue Mountains activities. You might only spend half a day there but it offers a great vantage point for all the popular walking tracks surrounding the mountains. We had an incredible time!
If you are planning to visit the Blue Mountains with kids, you can visit the website to learn more about Scenic World or purchase tickets.
Have you been to Scenic World? What was your favourite experience?
Disclosure: I received a family pass for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.