Before Scenic World took over, you could pay for just the railway, making it affordable for most visitors. The ‘bundle’ price is not only exorbitant for what you get, but it takes away consumer choice. I would gladly pay the required fee if I wanted to ride all three attractions, but I never do. My guests never do. We are coming exclusively for the Scenic Railway, which represents a part of history. The rest is just tourist glimmer. I guess the counter argument might be, ‘it beats walking.’
To hike down the mountain, you would have to take the Giant Stairway along Cliff Drive. As the trail’s name implies, steep steps, cut from stone or created from steel, take you all the way down. It takes approximately 3 hours to hike the 4.2km (2.6 miles) – one way. Visitors with heart or breathing difficulties should not attempt this trail. However, you feel a similar exhilaration of descent, while still enjoying the stunning scenery, without the staggering hit to your wallet. With the bonus of all those calories you burn on the hike, treat yourself to a Sundae with the money you saved.
Now, when we take visitors to the Blue Mountains, we feel we the need to warn our visitors upfront—it’s a serious hit to the wallet. If you are visiting the Blue Mountains for the first time, however, the Scenic Railway is a must-do. If you have been before and have the stamina and time, save your money and walk the trails. The scenery will reward your efforts.