Published on October 15th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard


Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

Don’t admit it if you don’t want to, but I’m sure you love a theme park as much as the next person.Cable Car

In the past I’ve screamed my way around every ride at Epcot in Florida, shot wetly down the Tower of Poseidon in Dubai’s water park and queued for hours to go on the big dipper on top of the New York building in Vegas for a 90-second ride I didn’t see because my eyes were squeezed so tightly shut.

I’m proud to love a theme park.Scenic World in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, was my latest thrill-ride adventure and for a “mature” woman I coped well.

This place offers thrill rides, to bring out the goose bumps, but it is set against the glorious backdrop of the Blue Mountains so you have nature’s magnificent gifts around you. And below you when you ride the Scenic Skyway.

Stepping on board the swinging cable car of the Scenic Skyway is excitement enough but gliding and swaying 270m over the canyon from cliff top to cliff top while looking down through a glass cabin floor to ancient ravines and cascading waterfalls…well, what can you say?

Blue Mountains

You could take that thrill to the grave knowing you’d had a rewarding life. Just as exciting for thrillseekers is the Scenic Railway. Take a seat in one of the cute glass-roofed carriages, chug backwards up a 65-degree incline to hurtle 310m down through a cliff-side tunnel, pop out like a bullet from a gun into ancient rainforest, and you know you’re living.

You feel no guilt enjoying the rides at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains. This is not just a theme park. Here you are immersed in nature and Australian history. You’re learning good stuff while you squeal your way through your thrills. The railway that so delighted you was part of a network of tramlines built to bring coal and kerosene shale from mines up to the main railway.

You see? Fun and education. No guilt.

Have a look at Scenic World

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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