21 September 2015
Born from the imagination of the Hammon family 70 years ago, Scenic World has evolved to become a true icon of the Blue Mountains region. Situated just a few kilometres from the heart of Katoomba, and offering breathtaking views of the Three Sisters, the Jamison Valley and beyond, it’s no wonder that the iconic tourist attraction has delighted and entertained countless visitors since 1945.
After attracting more than 27.5 million people across the last seven decades, and now housing a handful of award winning attractions, Scenic World’s story began with the lease of the old Katoomba Coal Mine site by siblings Harry Hammon and Isobel Fahey in 1945. After cleaning up the area and rebuilding the mine’s passenger car, the Scenic Railway was conceived. It became a thrilling means by which visitors could experience the beauty of the area – at an incredible incline of 52°.
With the Scenic Railway proving to be a major hit, the Hammon family continued to expand the tourist attraction. In 1958 the Scenic Skyway, the country’s first passenger carrying cable car, opened. This was followed in 1960 by the country’s first revolving restaurant and, finally, the country’s biggest and steepest cable car, the Scenic Cableway, in 2000.
Kept contemporary with constant upgrades across the last 70 years, most recently in 2013, the Scenic Railway retains the title of the world’s steepest passenger railway. And in 2015 visitors continue to flock to the experience of descending into the lush environs of the Jamison Valley on this iconic ride, where you can then enjoy the tranquil Scenic Walkway through the valley forest.
Beginning in September 2015, Scenic World is hosting a number of special events and deals to celebrate 70 years in business. Spanning over 6 months, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to experience the family owned attractions, learn something new – and simply join in the fun.