Katoomba Scenic Railway

1 Violet Street
Katoomba 2780, NSW

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Scenic World located in the Blue Mountains, Australia is a world listed Heritage Park offering a range of experiences for family adventures and visitors which are found nowhere else on Earth. Open daily from 9am - 5pm.


Population: 7,623 (2006 Census)
Established: 1879
Postcode: 2780
Elevation: 1,017 m (3,337 ft)
Location: 103 km (64 mi) west of Sydney
Local Government Area: City of Blue Mountains
State District: Blue Mountains
Federal Division: Macquarie
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
16.7 °C 7.9 °C 1,396.1 mm

Katoomba is the chief town of the City of Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia and the administrative headquarters of Blue Mountains City Council. It is on the Great Western Highway 110 kilometres west of Sydney and 39 kilometres south-east of Lithgow. Katoomba railway station is on the Main Western line. Katoomba is well known for spectacular mountain views and extensive bush and nature walks in the surrounding Blue Mountains. At the 2006 census, Katoomba had a population of 7,623 people.

Blue Mountain 4WD Tour Including the Lost City and Capertee Valley more_vert
$270.00 AUD Book
Take a guided 4-wheel-drive tour of the Blue Mountains with exclusive private access to view the largest enclosed canyon in the Southern Hemisphere, Capertee Valley. Other highlights include the Lost City, viewing ancient Aboriginal rock art, and spotting Australian animals in the wild. The tour includes pickup from any hotel or train station in the Blue Mountains area.

Your 4WD tour begins with pickup from your accommodation or train station in the Blue Mountains for the drive to your first stop, Clarence, at the site of the Old Zig Zag railway.

Head straight into the adventure with some serious four-wheel-driving before continuing to the Lost City, a formation of rock pagodas etched from nature over millions of years. After visiting these formations, check out some Aboriginal artwork painted thousands of years ago, and then visit the Royal Hotel at Capertee for a lunch of home-cooked items and a drink, enjoyed by a coal fire in the winter months.

After lunch, head off to do some creek crossings and hopefully spot a few wallabies and other native wildlife. The final part of your tour provides exclusive access to a private property with 270-degree views of Capertee Valley, the largest valley in the Southern Hemisphere and second-largest in the world (by width), second only to the Grand Canyon. The views seem to go on forever and overlook the giant Pantoneys Crown.

You will then be dropped back at your accommodation or the train station of your preference in the Blue Mountains, where your tour concludes.

  • $270.00
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Blue Mountains 4WD Tour more_vert
$249.00 AUD Book
Get incredible access to the Blue Mountains on this full day tour by four-wheel drive! You’ll travel with a knowledgeable local guide deep into the heart of Blue Mountains National Park where you’ll see the Three Sisters rock formation and Grose Valley, along with an abundance of lush rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tall cliffs. Your tour includes a gourmet lunch served in a stunning location. A small group limited to 16 people ensures a personalized experience on your day in Australia's famous Blue Mountains.

After pickup from your Katoomba or Leura hotel or the train station, your small group will travel in a sturdy four-wheel drive vehicle into Blue Mountains National Park. You will be able to access parts of the park far from the tour buses and crowded viewpoints, getting unparalleled views of the famous Three Sisters rock formation and stunning Grose Valley.

As you traverse the Blue Mountains, your experienced guide will share stories of the region, explaining the history of the early explorers and the legends of the aboriginal peoples. As you explore the dramatic landscape of deep valleys, sandstone rock formations, and giant eucalyptus trees, you’ll have plenty of time to snap photos and take short walks. Learn from your guide about the natural history of the area as you get a close look at the forests and rock outcroppings.

At lunchtime, you’ll stop for a gourmet meal in the middle of this gorgeous wilderness. Your guide will set out a selection of dishes accompanied by a cheese plate and Australian wine. Take in the incredible scenery as you enjoy your meal. You’ll also have a break in the morning for tea.  

After lunch you’ll continue to traverse the rugged roads of the Blue Mountains, making a loop of the park and accessing hidden spots away from the crowds. At the end of your full day tour, your guide will return you to your hotel or the train station.

  • $249.00
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Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Hike more_vert
$199.00 AUD Book
Explore the beautiful Blue Mountains on a small-group day hike departing from Wentworth Falls. Follow remote bush tracks through lush rainforest and enjoy stunning views of the Blue Mountains’ eucalyptus-fringed valleys. Choose from two different hikes to suit your level of fitness: the medium-grade Valley of the Waterfalls hike, or the more challenging Ruined Castle. All walks are led by an experienced hiking guide and include lunch.

Get off the beaten track while you’re visiting the Blue Mountains on your choice of three hiking tours: easy, medium and hard. With walking groups limited to a maximum of 16 people, hike at a comfortable pace to suit your fitness level, led by your experienced and qualified local guide. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and see the Blue Mountains the way Mother Nature intended -- on foot!

Valley of the Waterfalls
Discover a true hidden gem, filled with stunning cascading waterfalls, spectacular scenery and rocky escarpments.
Grade: Medium hike with some steep steps up and down, suitable for those with an average level of fitness. This is a 4- to 6-mile (7-to 10-kilometer), approximately 3.5-hour hike.

Ruined Castle and Scenic Railway
Ride on the world’s steepest passenger railway, known as the Scenic Railway. The 1,361-foot (415-meter) descent will take you through a cliffside tunnel down into an ancient rainforest. For amazing 360-degree views of the area, hike across the Jamison Valley and climb the Ruined Castle, a large outcrop of rocky boulders that jut out above the surrounding bush.
Grade: Hard hike, with some hilly sections, requiring a good level of fitness. This is an 8-mile (13-kilometer), approximately 6.5-hour hike.

Medium – designated walking trails with moderate inclines and more than 100 steps up/down
Hard – walking trails that veer off designated paths entail crossing of rougher terrains, climbing over rock/boulder formations, and include steep inclines

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Blue Mountains Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Scenic World Rides and Waradah Aboriginal Centre more_vert
$44.00 AUD Book
Go sightseeing in the Blue Mountains on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Your hop-on hop-off pass is valid for three days and stops at 29 convenient locations, including most hotels in the central Blue Mountains area. See the views from the Three Sisters and Echo Point lookouts, and visit galleries, shops and cafes in the lovely mountain towns of Leura and Katoomba. Upgrade to the Lyrebrird Pass to include a visit to Scenic World, with the world’s steepest scenic railway and Southern Hemisphere’s steepest cableway or the the Cockatoo Pass and watch didgeridoo and coroboree shows at Waradah Aboriginal Centre.

Departing from Katoomba Railway Station, ride the hop-on hop-off bus as it tours the beautiful Blue Mountains. Step on and off whenever you please at 29 convenient stops in the central Leura and Katoomba area, with buses running every 30 minutes throughout the day.

Plan your day as you like, visiting the region’s waterfalls, art galleries, gardens and towns with their boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The bus stops at all the main attractions, including the scenic lookouts at Three Sisters and Echo Point.

See more while you're in the Blue Mountains by adding the Lyrebird Pass, with entry to Scenic World or the Cockatoo Pass and include entry to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre.

At Scenic World, enjoy unlimited rides on your one-day visit. Float above the cliff tops and rainforest canopy on the Skyway, with a glass floor for adrenalin-charged 360-degree views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley. Ride the steepest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere on the Scenic Cableway across the Jamison Valley, then follow a path through ancient rainforest on the Walkway. The route takes you through forest dating back to the Jurassic era, past relics of the area's coal-mining past and into the tranquility of the rainforest. Complete your visit to Scenic World with a ride on the world’s steepest scenic railway, tracing the cliffs’ sheer drop to the Jamison Valley floor.

Upgrade to the Cockatoo Pass to also include entertainment and a cultural experience at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, where interpretive performances are held throughout the day. Watch five traditional Aboriginal songs and dances at a traditional coroboree, with dancers dressed in traditional paint and costume.

Hear the ancient music of the didgeridoo in an interactive show revealing the history of this unique instrument, and gain unique insights into the Blue Mountains’ ancient Aboriginal culture. Browse the gallery of artworks by Aboriginal artists from around Australia and the centre’s interesting selection of souvenirs.

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