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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2009
A treat for all seasons There’s a reason for the word ‘rain’ in rainforest. The Blue Mountains rainforests are brilliant in sunshine – but absolutely haunting in the rain, with mist shrouding the towering cliffs above. As it moves, the mist adds an air of mystery and confounds your sense of distance. The rainforest seems more alive. Native birds become more active, more vocal. You have a better chance of seeing and hearing the Superb Lyrebird – said to be the world’s best mimic. Colours change. The rain heightens your senses of smell and hearing. Everything smells fresher and at the same time ancient. You become more aware of raindrops pattering on leaves; or the sounds of hidden waterfalls and running streams. So, if you are looking for a rainforest experience don’t let a little ‘weather’ stop you. The easiest way to get down into the rainforest in any weather is at Scenic World, where either the world’s steepest railway or Australia’s steepest cableway will ferry you into and out of the Jamison Valley. At the bottom, an elevated boardwalk, nearly three kilometres long, allows you to explore the valley in safety and comfort. Scenic World sits on the edge of the escarpment, roughly 940 metres above sea level. Mountain climate being what it is, the weather can change very quickly from sun to rain – and back again. If you’re lucky, you might get a chance to see the splendour of the mountains in both mist and sunshine! And just because it’s cloudy or misty at the top doesn’t mean it will be in the rainforest. It’s usually clear down below. The Scenic Skyway is another experience that takes on an extra dimension in the mist. It’s eerie gliding through a white curtain – and you may still catch a glimpse of the Three Sisters or Katoomba Falls. Even if you can’t see the falls, you will be able to hear them when the cablecar stops in the middle of the gorge. When you’ve returned from the valley, there are places at Scenic World to eat, relax and reflect on your experiences. There’s also the Scenic Cinema, where you can watch a short movie or 3D slideshow about the area and its history. Scenic World also boasts the largest souvenir shop in NSW. And Katoomba itself is just a short ride or a pleasant walk away. It has many coffee houses, hotels, cafes and galleries where you can while away a few interesting hours. There are also bus and trolley services which can take you further afield – for instance into Leura with its wonderful range of shops, eating places, galleries and attractions. All in all, the Blue Mountains are a special experience, at any time of the year and in just about any weather. 34 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2009