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Beyond Skyway is the heart-racing experience at Scenic World Blue Mountains

When you’re suspended nearly 300 metres above the ground, safely ensconced in a glass cable car, the last thing you would think to do is step outside. But that’s exactly what the crew at Scenic World want you to do. The Beyond Skyway is a completely new way to experience the majestic Blue Mountains – and you’re going to love it.

The Beyond Skyway experience

This exclusive experience, the only one of its kind in the world, takes place on Scenic World’s iconic Scenic Skyway cable car. Stretching for 720 metres across the top of the Jamison Valley, it’s the longest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere. At its peak, the car sits a vertigo-inducing 270 metres above the valley floor. The walls and floor are made of smart glass, allowing for almost uninterrupted views of the rainforest below as well as Katoomba Falls, My Solitary and, of course, the famous Three Sisters rock formation.

The details

Scenic World Beyond Skyway

People: four people per journey and only 12 people per day

Price: $350 per person

Times: 4:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:15pm

Book: scenicworld.com.au

How it works

The Scenic Skyway has carried millions of visitors between the clifftops since it opened more than 60 years ago. But now, for the first time, you can take your thrill-seeking to the next level. Instead of the usual 84 people travelling in the car, there will be just four visitors on this unparalleled journey (and only three of these experiences available each day). When the car reaches the centre of the cable, hundreds of metres from either edge, it’s time to get out. You’ll need to summon all your bravery to climb the ladder out of the safety of the pod, but the chance to step into the spectacular living landscape will be worth it.

Attached to a safety harness, you’ll climb out of the hatch and onto the roof of the cable car. Up there, there’s nothing between you and the lush, forested floor of the valley but the crisp, clear mountain air. You’ll also get an up-close look at the mechanical mastery of the Scenic Skyway itself, standing right beside the vast connectors that allow the Swiss-made car to glide smoothly through the air.

Spend 30 minutes taking in one of the most famous views in the world from a vantage point that few people will ever see. No other cable car in the world allows guests to stand on the roof at such a dizzying height. It’s a magical combination of natural wonders and heart-pounding adventure that you won’t find anywhere else. Relax with a hot chocolate on the custom made wooden benches followed by a glass of champagne inside the cable car to toast your adrenaline-inducing adventure.

The location

The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park sits around 100km west of Sydney and covers more than 260,000 hectares of spectacular natural wilderness. There are places for every kind of experience, whether you’re in search of quiet exploration or exhilarating adventure.

Scenic World sits on the edge of the Jamison Valley, one of the major valleys of the Blue Mountains. Part of the Cox’s River canyon system, it is below the towns of Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth, and was used for both mining and logging in the late 1800s. Thankfully, this spectacular valley is now part of the national park and so the pristine rainforest, sandstone caves and meandering rivers are protected. Stay a little longer and explore some of the many hiking trails, take a dip in an ancient waterfall or camp under the stars.

Other experiences at Scenic World Blue Mountains

The Beyond Skyway is just one of many experiences on offer at Scenic World. Each gives you a unique perspective on the Jamison Valley and the stunning Blue Mountains National Park.

  • Scenic Railway – the world’s steepest passenger railway travels at a 52-degree (128%) incline along the cliff. It first opened in the 19th century to serve a coal mine, but has been taking tourists on the hair-raising journey for more than 70 years. The track runs for 310 metres, passing through a tunnel, before emerging at the floor of the valley. And if you want a little more adventure, choose the Cliffhanger mode on your seat for an even steeper ride.
  • Scenic Cableway – there’s more than one way to get to the bottom of the Jamison Valley! The glass-walled Scenic Cableway gently descend 545 metres, passing close to sandstone cliffs, straight into temperate rainforest. You’ll also get stunning views of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock and Mt Solitary.
  • Scenic Walkway – explore the valley on foot along this 500-metre elevated boardwalk running between the Railway and Cableway stations. Tucked beneath the rainforest canopy, the walkway has its own microclimate and is surrounded by lush vegetation and native birdlife. Keep an eye out for the entrance to an original mine and a replica miner’s cottage along the way, a reminder of the valley’s rich history.
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