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
Now inside Scenic World while waiting for the Scenic Railway, we see the following :
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 :
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
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!!!
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 :
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
From this following pic we can see clearly the 52 degrees acute angle Track :
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!!
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
See Orphan Rock behind the Sceniscender?!?!
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
I’ve now reached the top grounds of Scenic World waiting for Dear from the next ascending Scenic Cableway
Enjoying a chilled cold Sunkist Orange Drink at Scenic World Cafe while I go shopping of course
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 :
Instead now the Aboriginal Statues of The Three Sisters are on display – here’s Me in 2010 posing with 2 of The Three Sisters :
YES, the above 3rd Sister is being displayed apart from her other 2 Sisters :)
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
Let me now show you my Australian Souvenirs purchased from Skyway Souvenirs in Scenic World :
Actually this Fat Chubby Koala was purchased much earlier in The Three Sisters World Heritage Plaza – so CUTE rite