I had never done any tour by myself before. Joining a group of strangers for sightseeing wasn’t really my thing. I am not used to the awkwardness of introducing myself to a new crowd. I was hoping that this tour would not be a disaster.
Apart from feeling a little bit anxious, I was pretty excited about the trip to the Blue Mountains. I’d booked a tour with Experience OZ.
I spent $86.75 for a day tour and it includes pick-up from Sydney CBD accommodation, morning tea, the river cruise on Sydney harbour and entrance fees to the National Park. Morning tea is juices and some biscuits only. Well, better than nothing.
We dropped by at a park to have our morning tea. JB, our tour guide collected the entrance fees from those who were interested in taking the rides in Scenic World. Scenic World ticket cost $39 for unlimited rides.
We finally arrived at the first destination – Lincoln’s Rock. JB led us to this incredible lookout where we could overlook the blue mountains and valleys. The view at Lincoln’s Rock is magnificent. It was a sunny day and I could see some clouds stretching through the blue sky.
Lincoln’s Rock was previously known as “Flat Rock”. Due to the spectacular view, no doubt that it becomes the favourite spot for couples to take wedding photos. Standing on top of the rock, I felt like I am looking at the world. The green canopy beneath the rock spreads through the land forming a sea of forest.
A few tourists were standing on the cliff. It did give the goosebumps when I saw a guy standing on an extended rock at the edge of the cliff. However, he seemed pretty calm. I felt how easy it was to be deathly careless in this place, how the landscape could wreck you in a second if you weren’t vigilant.
Katoomba Falls is known as one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Blue Mountains. JB brought us to this beautiful segmented waterfall located between Echo Point and Scenic World.
The Katoomba falls is formed when the Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. We spent some time at the waterfall. The water tinkled in the laughter of the children. Parents were holding their kids as they crossed the slippery rocks near the falls. I like the surrounding. The water splashes from the fall turn this place into a world of faerie. I love it. Beautiful.
The tour does not include lunch, however, the town of Leura is full of great little takeaway food places where you can purchase lunch.
Scenic Skyway was the first ride we took. There is only one cabin taking the tourists back and forth between the cliff tops. I was extremely thrilled to be able to glide between the cliffs via a glass box 270-metre above the ravines. The electro-glass cabin provides 360° views of the Blue Mountains. From the cabin, we were able to have a great view of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.
At the centre of the cabin, we enjoyed a breathtaking view of Katoomba Falls and Jamison Valley beneath our feet through a glass floor. However, it was hard to get a clear picture of the Katoomba Falls due to the height and the fussy glass.
Even though it was a 720-metre journey, it seemed to be a pretty fast ride. I couldn’t feel that I had enough of the amazing landscape. Since we had to share the cabin with other tourists (approximately 70+ I think), it is important to get a good spot in the cabin.
Please note the Skyway will be closed on Monday, October 9 – Sunday, November 13 whilst they upgrade to a new Skyway! Find out more here.
As Scenic Skyway moves the tourists back and forth between the cliff tops, Scenic Cableway moves the tourists into the Jamison Valley. It’s 510-metre journey descending into the valley. Quite cool.
After the rides, we followed JB for a tranquillity walk in an ancient rainforest. The walkway was covered by the thick rainforest canopy. It was very relaxing to stroll within the towering trees. JB patiently introduced us to the local flora.
It was a profoundly relaxing experience being surrounded by trees. There were sounds of the air moving through the branches and leaves once awhile. Then, it turned to an absolute stillness.
Staying in the city for years, I really like the scents of forest and woodland. It offers a strong comforting sense.
Out of all the rides, I love the “Scenic Railway” the most. We weren’t aware of that it’s a 52-degree incline ride. There is no seatbelt but some handles for us to hold onto.
Sitting inside the glass-roofed carriages, we had the full experience of the rainforest setting and breathtaking Jamison Valley. And slowing, the train descended 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel and we were screaming through the cliffhanger ride at a steep 64-degree incline.
I had to hold onto the handle so that I wouldn’t fall off to the front. We emerged from the rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. The Scottish girl sat beside was mumbling “omg”, “omg” all the way through the tunnel. Me? I kept repeating “oh no- oh no-” while holding my phone with one hand.
We took a river cruise to Darling Harbour. I sat on the front deck of the cruise until the sky sank. The wind whipped hard through the cruise. The sunset made the sky strikingly beautiful. It was a dazzling sunset which arrayed an unspoken calmness. How nice if I could freeze this moment a little bit longer.