I think my fear of heights is steadily fading. I only needed three (strong) beers to brave this railway, one that I would have really regretted had I decided against it. Regret can be as strong as the fear that prevents you from doing something but can last much, much longer.


Scenic Railway is an attraction at Scenic World, Blue Mountains. It offers a 52 degree incline on the steepest passenger railway in the world and one of the best views I have ever seen. Passengers can also adjust the seats to really give that cliffhanger feel.


It could easily be classed as a roller coaster if the speed was there. Thankfully for me it was a bearable speed as it descended down a 310 metre drop via a cliff side tunnel and into the Jurassic Rainforest below. I will add the views from the train soon in the Blue Mountains gallery, but for now enjoy the sheer ridiculousness of this railway line.


Could you ride this? I highly recommend it, a truly once in a lifetime experience.

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    1. It certainly was! It was a great way to see the mountains, in fact it is the same railway that was used to transport coal back in the day. Well worth the trip!

    1. Oh yes it’s a thing and it is great! Have you been to the Blue Mountains? It’s a beautiful place. The train ride is worth it too.

  1. What a fantastic trip report! I’m now trying to decide what the beat angle of the seat would be for photos??!

    1. Thank you! Well from being there I can tell you that it is very hard to get any shots at first as the tunnel is very enclosed and dark. The best view would be to bring the seat forward so you can really look down over the people in front of you to show how steep it is.
      But when the tunnel opens and you get those amazing views outside, it is probably better to sit back and take it all in.
      It is certainly a place to visit!

  2. I’ve done it a couple of times, a few years apart. It definitely seems to have become more popular than the first time I visited. Beautiful area, though. Love the Blue Mountains.

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