What an amazing hike into the Jamison Valley floor to find a fascinating display of art amongst the flora. ‘Sculptures at Scenic World’ in the Blue Mountains at Katoomba was truly eye-candy for lovers of art and nature alike.
We started out on our hike early in the morning, before the tour buses arrived, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The sweaters were quickly tied around our waists, as we descended down the steep and winding Furber Steps, which were originally constructed in 1908.
We were treated to amazing views across the Valley to the Three Sisters rock formation, and one of the most impressive views of the Katoomba Falls in the Blue Mountains. We crossed a creek at Witches Leap, and explored Vera’s Grotto at Katoomba Falls Creek. Once at the bottom, we could walk along the boardwalk and fully appreciate the artists creations. This is the first time that this type of display has been set up on the Valley floor, and we reckon it won’t be the last time.
There were bronze wombats, and river rocks in wire mesh, colorful clay flowers, and our favourite was by an artist from South Australia – electroplated avocado leaves suspended from a thin wire overhead. Truly awesome!
The kids enjoyed and appreciated the art exhibit so much more because of the way that it was displayed. In a naturally beautiful setting.
We rode the ‘Scenic Railway’ back to the top of the mountain, which also happens to be known as the “steepest” railroad in the world! It is a 415 meter ascent through a cliff-side tunnel and up through an ancient rainforest. Matt was not comfortable with the mechanics of the ride, but no one was interested in walking back up the mountain! It was an exciting way to end the adventure. We were lifted off our seats in every way that day!