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Riding World’s Steepest Incline Scenic Railway & Enjoying Scenic Walkway through World Heritage Rainforest of Jamison Valley before Taking Scenic Cableway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park – Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Filed Under (Australia, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, New South Wales, Shopping, Sydney, Travelling, World Souvenirs) by Janet on 03-09-2010

Scenic World Entrance in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba in Sydney, Australia

Now inside Scenic World while waiting for the Scenic Railway, we see the following :

Orphan Rocker Roller Coaster at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba, Sydney Australia

Haaa Dear’s right to a certain extent cos YES, they’re Roller Coaster Tracks which I didnt believe as they seem too scary just by looking at the them descending all the way from up here into the deep Rainforested Mountain!!!!!!!!!!

Well, it’s called the Orphan Rocker Roller Coaster (named after nearby Orphan Rock!!) – built by Scenic World beginning 1984 – the 1st Roller Coaster to be completely designed & manufactured in Australia.

It was referred to as a “Sitdown Suspended” Coaster, though it can tilt from side to side like a Suspended Coaster, with a ride around the grounds with a few steeply banked corners, & its highlight of plunging into a penisula, with Cliffs on 3 sides, making a steeply U-turn at the edge of the Cliff!! We’re talking about a 200m fall into Jamison Valley here!! Haaaa would you dare try it?!?! At least NOT for me someone with Heights phobia Errr!!    

So originally planned as a Scenic Monorail Ride, it soon evolved into a Roller Coaster Ride.  But due to rumours & criticism & controversies over its existance, this Orphan Rocker Roller Coaster has never yet been opened to the Public – remaining under construction for 26 years now!!!

Now inside Scenic World waiting for the Scenic Railway :

Riding the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney, AustraliaRiding the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney, Australia

Hehehehe see Me again in 1997 on my 1st Trip here at Scenic World in The Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba, Sydney!! Hmm the Scenic Railway still look very much the same after all these years :)

Riding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia - Year 1997

Now I’m here again with Dear - seated on the World’s Steepest Incline Scenic Railway that carries a maximum of 84 passengers & operates every 10 mins – how fast huh :)

It’s Dear’s 1st time riding this though it’s his 2nd trip here too!! Often I’d told him how interesting this Scenic Railway Ride was & now he’s finally gonna ride it with me :)

Riding the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

This World’s Steepest Incline (of 52 degrees!!) Scenic Railway descends 415m through a Cliff side Tunnel down into/up from, the World Heritage Rainforest of Jamison Valley………………….

Riding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney, AustraliaRiding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney, AustraliaRiding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney, Australia

Hahahaha so fun below’s Me (on left) with buddy Guat Tzin riding the Scenic Railway in 1997 - see how happy I was surprisedly then I had no fear at all but found it so thrilling ahahhahah!!!

Riding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia - Year 1997Riding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Also known as “The Mountain Devil“, the original Scenic Railway Car was constructed for a Coal & Oil Shale Mining Operation in the Jamison Valley in the 1880s - so as to haul Shale from the Valley floor up to the escarpment above. It was later converted for use as a Tourist Attraction before World World II.

Here’s another pic of Me taken aside the Scenic Railway back in 1997 :

Riding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia - Year 1997Janetong with View of The Three Sisters Rock Formation from Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Standing here at beautiful Jamison Valley we could see The Three Sisters in their magnificent Rock Formation - below pic of Me taken on the same spot here at Scenic World in 1997 :)

Janetong with The Three Sisters in Jamison Valley after Ride in World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia - Year 1997James Lee Dear with View of The Three Sisters Rock Formation from in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Good that someone’s helping snap pics of us – thanks to a very friendly Philipino (from Singapore!) whom we just met here :)

Janetong & James Lee Dear with View of The Three Sisters Rock Formation from Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaJanetong & James Lee Dear with View of The Three Sisters Rock Formation from in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Stepping into the Scenic Walkway – an over 2.8km boardwalk through the World Heritage ancient Jurassic Rainforest of the Jamison Valley……………well, for us we decided we’ll just visit the Coal Mine Exhibition located just a few minutes into the Scenic Walkway – so wish we’ve got more time out here…………………

Anyway, that’s a Coal Mine Cart on display below :)

Enjoying Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

From this following pic we can see clearly the 52 degrees acute angle Track :

Riding the World's Steepest Incline (at 52 degrees angle!!) Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding through Cliff Side Tunnel down into Ancient Rainforest (in Jamison Valley) in the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaReplica of Original "Mountain Devil" Scenic Railway Car at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaReplica of Original "Mountain Devil" Scenic Railway Car at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding the World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding World's Steepest Incline Scenic Railway (also called The Mountain Devil) at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaEnjoying Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaVisiting Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaJanetong Visiting Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaVisiting Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaVisiting Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaJanetong with Life Size Bronze Sculptures of Coal Mine Worker & his Pit Pony in Coal Mine Exhibition at Jamison Valley in Scenic World, Katoomba - Sydney AustraliaJanetong & James Lee Dear Visiting Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaJanetong Riding Horse in Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaJames Lee Dear Riding Horse in Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaVisiting Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaCoal Mining Tools in Coal Mine Exhibition along Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaEnjoying Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaEnjoying Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaEnjoying Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaEnjoying Scenic Walkway - a Path through Jurassic Rainforest in Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Together with the Philipino with whom we’ve been chatting while enjoying the lovely rainforested Scenic Walkway now about to take the Scenic Flyway, also called Scenic Cableway, or Sceniscender!!

Riding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Yes, the Scenic Cableway (or Sceniscender - also carrying up to 84 passengers like the Scenic Railway) is the Steepest Aerial Cable Car in the Southern Hemishere (to be exact!) It takes us 545m into/out of Jamison Valley – so cool huh :)

Riding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

See Orphan Rock behind the Sceniscender?!?!

Riding Steepest Aerial Cable Car (with Orphan Rock View) in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Hahahahaa Dear’s waving Goodbye to me cos the Sceniscender suddenly closed its door upon him after I stepped inside it – leaving him all alone out there – well not really since he’s got the good company of our Philipino firend :)

 Riding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley overlooking The Three Sisters at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley Overlooking The Three Sisters at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley Overlooking The Three Sisters at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

I’ve now reached the top grounds of Scenic World waiting for Dear from the next ascending Scenic Cableway :)

Riding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaRiding Steepest Aerial Cable Car in Southern Hemisphere Scenic Flyway (or Sceniscender/Scenic Cableway) in/out of Forested Jamison Valley at Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaBeautiful View from Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba - Sydney Australia

Enjoying a chilled cold Sunkist Orange Drink at Scenic World Cafe while I go shopping of course :)

Visiting Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, Australia

Time now to leave Scenic World for our next Tourist Attraction here in Blue Mountains National Park – having bade farewell to our Philipino friend who’s gone back to his Tour group in Coach travelling back to Sydney :)

Now we’re outside Scenic World after shopping in Skyway Souvenirs – the largest (in New South Wales!!) Souvenirs Shop inside Scenic World. But hey I no longer see The Three Sisters Rock Formation Display here outside Scenic World now, as compared to 1997 seen in my below pic :

Janetong infront of The Three Sisters Replica outside Scenic World at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Austalia - Year 1997

Instead now the Aboriginal Statues of The Three Sisters are on display – here’s Me in 2010 posing with 2 of The Three Sisters :

Janetong Visiting Scenic World in Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney, AustraliaAboriginal Statue of One of The Three Sisters outside Scenic World Entrance/Exit in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba in Sydney, Australia

YES, the above 3rd Sister is being displayed apart from her other 2 Sisters :)

Aboriginal Statue of One of The Three Sisters outside Scenic World Entrance/Exit in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba in Sydney, Australia

Arhahahaha the above must be the Aboriginal Witchdoctor from the Katoomba Tribe who turned The Three Sisters into Stone – but later died not able to turn back back to real life!!

Anyway, it’s time for our drive to our next place of interest here at The Blue Mountains National Park :)

Blue Mountains Trolley Tours Bus outside Scenic World Entrance in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba in Sydney, AustraliaScenic World Mult-storey Car Park in Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba in Sydney, Australia

Let me now show you my Australian Souvenirs purchased from Skyway Souvenirs in Scenic World :

Couple Wear Blue Mountains - Three Sisters T-shirts from Scenic World Souvenirs Shop at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney AustaliaAUSSIE LINGO Tea Towel from Scenic World Souvenirs Shop at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Austalia

OUTBACK AUSTRALIA Tea Towel from Scenic World Souvenirs Shop at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney AustaliaJanetong's Australian Aboriginal Weapons Kitchen Apron & Tea Towel from Scenic World Souvenirs Shop at Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba - Sydney Austalia

Actually this Fat Chubby Koala was purchased much earlier in The Three Sisters World Heritage Plazaso CUTE rite :)

Fat Chubby Cutie Australian Koala wearing Scenic World T-Shirt bought at The Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza in Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba, Sydney Austalia

And a lovely rounded Blue Mountains – New South Wales Post Card from my 1st Trip here in 1997 – sill remember I bought a Blue Mountains Souvenir T-shirt for Mom back then :)

Blue Mountains - New South Wales Post Card from Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney Australia

Well, please enjoy my following Slideshow while we continue on our journey in the Blue Mountains National Park at Katoomba, Sydney Australia :)

 

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