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Scenic World achieves major milestones in sustainability

Beyond Skyway, KatoombaCredit: Cam Jones Imagery

Man atop the Scenic Skyway cabin as part of the Beyond Skyway experience at Scenic World, Katoomba.

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Scenic World achieves major milestones in sustainability

Beyond Skyway, Katoomba Credit: Cam Jones Imagery

Man atop the Scenic Skyway cabin as part of the Beyond Skyway experience at Scenic World, Katoomba.

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Scenic World in the Blue Mountains has been inducted to the Ecotourism Australia Hall of Fame for reaching 20 years as a certified Advanced Ecotourism attraction; and has been certified carbon neutral for its services as a tourist attraction by Climate Active.

As a business on the edge of, and porous to, a World Heritage-listed National Park, Scenic World is just as passionate about preserving the natural environment as it is welcoming almost 1 million visitors a year to experience its iconic attractions.

Scenic World is home to one-of-a-kind experiences in Australia and globally: 

  • The Scenic Railway holds the Guiness Book of Record for the steepest railway.
  • The Cableway is the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The Skyway is Australia’s first cable car, and today is the largest aerial cable car which can carry 84 passengers.
  • Beyond Skyway is a world-first adventure whereby up to four guests can enjoy an unimpeded 360-view of the Jamison Valley from on top of the Skyway.
  • The Walkway is the longest elevated rainforest boardwalk in Australia.
  • The Buunyal tour is an authentic Indigenous experience on Gundungurra Country curated by Uncle David King.

The Scenic Cableway, Scenic World Credit: Scenic World

People view Mount Solitary on the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, the Scenic Cableway

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The Scenic Cableway, Scenic World Credit: Scenic World

People view Mount Solitary on the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, the Scenic Cableway

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The Buunyal (Sun) Tour, Scenic Credit: Scenic World

Uncle David King, a Gundungurra Custodian, with a group of kids in the rainforest on the Buunyal tour

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The Buunyal (Sun) Tour, Scenic Credit: Scenic World

Uncle David King, a Gundungurra Custodian, with a group of kids in the rainforest on the Buunyal tour

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As well as its engineering feats, Scenic World has designed its rides to maximise efficiencies; and has implemented a suite of sustainability initiatives to target waste, water and electricity use, and encourage guests to catch public transport or jump on the carbon-neutral Explorer Bus to see the sights, among other initiatives.

Reflecting on the Scenic World’s recent sustainability accolades, Anthea Hammon, Managing Director of Scenic World and Vice-President of Blue Mountains Tourism said:

“Our sustainability journey spans decades and started in 2004 when Phillip Hammon first gained Ecotourism certification for Scenic World.

“The very reason Scenic World exists is to share our unique natural environment with people who want to visit us; and we work hard to protect this place, which is home to hundreds of unique animals and plants, and a delicate ecosystem.

“We are especially pleased by the sustainability initiatives we’ve implemented over the years, but the job of protecting this fragile environment is never done.

“A commitment to sustainability takes time and a team effort. There’s always much more that can be done to minimise our environmental footprint and that of our visitors, which is why being in Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame and attaining Climate Active certification makes me especially proud.

“These ‘badges of honour’ push us to always do better, be better and think better about the incredible environment and continually improve and evolve our sustainability efforts.”

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, Katoomba and Leura Credit: Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

A group of people alongside the carbon-neutral Explorer Bus at Narrow Neck lookout in Katoomba

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Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, Katoomba and Leura Credit: Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

A group of people alongside the carbon-neutral Explorer Bus at Narrow Neck lookout in Katoomba

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The Scenic Walkway, Scenic World Credit: Scenic World

A family looks at the rainforest canopy along the longest elevated boardwalk in Australia, the Scenic Walkway

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The Scenic Walkway, Scenic World Credit: Scenic World

A family looks at the rainforest canopy along the longest elevated boardwalk in Australia, the Scenic Walkway

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Scenic World has Advanced Ecotourism certification and was inducted into Hall of Fame in June 2024. The Hall of Fame recognises businesses that have achieved 20 years of certification and their long-term commitment to ecologically sustainable tourism, which fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

Climate Active certification, which Scenic World attained in March 2024, means it has made choices and changes in how it operates to make sure its carbon emissions are accounted for and balanced to become carbon neutral. Scenic World offset 9kg of CO2 (equivalent to 4488 tons) per each person who visited in the 2022 calendar year and will continue to do this for each year after.

In addition, Scenic World offsets the carbon emissions from all its visitors’ travel (to and from Scenic World).  

Each year Scenic World invests in projects around Australia and the world that reduce or remove carbon from the atmosphere to offset the emissions that it cannot eliminate. Many of these projects also have added environmental and community benefits. 

The Scenic Railway, Scenic World Credit: Scenic World

People travel into the Jamison Valley on the world’s steepest railway, the Scenic Railway

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The Scenic Railway, Scenic World Credit: Scenic World

People travel into the Jamison Valley on the world’s steepest railway, the Scenic Railway

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Scenic World, Katoomba Credit: Destination NSW

Cablecar at Scenic World, Katoomba

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Scenic World, Katoomba Credit: Destination NSW

Cablecar at Scenic World, Katoomba

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Some of Scenic World’s sustainability initiatives:

  • Electricity generated by the Railway and Cableway as they descend is fed back into the grid, helping to offset electricity used as they ascend.
  • In 2017, the Skyway cabin was designed to increase capacity without extra energy requirements.
  • The elevated Walkway was constructed to replace existing walking tracks that caused erosion and no trees were damaged or removed during construction. This is still the case at Scenic World unless needed for regenerating the ecosystem and visitor safety.
  • All organic food waste is processed and taken offsite to be turned into fertiliser for farms.
  • Food wastage output is consistently below the industry standard of 5%.
  • All food and beverage packing and utensils, including coffee cups are biodegradable or compostable.

Scenic World, Katoomba Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a cablecar ride at Scenic World, Katoomba

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Scenic World, Katoomba Credit: Destination NSW

Family enjoying a cablecar ride at Scenic World, Katoomba

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Blue Mountains National Park Credit: Destination NSW

Scenic views of the morning mist in the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park

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Blue Mountains National Park Credit: Destination NSW

Scenic views of the morning mist in the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Maya Kay, Communications & Engagement Manager, Scenic World

Phone: +61 424 195 878

Email: mayak@scenicworld.com.au

About Scenic World

Scenic World, located in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, is home to the Scenic Railway, the world's steepest railway, the iconic Scenic Skyway which travels 270 metres above the rainforest, and the Scenic Cableway, the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere, along with kilometres of elevated boardwalk beneath the rainforest canopy. Scenic World is certified carbon neutral for its services as a tourist attraction by Climate Active and has been inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame for 20 years as an Advanced Ecotourism certified attraction. Scenic World is a third-generation family-owned business established in 1945, and the most visited privately-owned tourism attraction in Australia.

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Website: scenicworld.com.au  

About Beyond Skyway

Beyond Skyway is a world first rooftop cable car adventure and is truly like nothing else on earth. The Beyond Skyway experience opens after the rest of Scenic World closes and takes just four guests on the Scenic Skyway out into the middle of the Jamison Valley. Once on the roof, with no glass or fences to restrict the 360-degree view 270 meters above the ancient rainforest canopy, the immersive experience is both exhilarating and completely serene. Beyond Skyway is the ideal experience for people celebrating a special occasion, outdoor enthusiasts, aspirational travel seekers, and those searching for that picture perfect moment.

Website: beyondskyway.com.au

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