July 27th Trip Day 5
I woke up with a bit of a sore throat, and I was hoping it was because of the cold or allergies. I continued taking lots of vitamin C and black elderberry, along with using my essential oils and drinking lots of water, and I prayed that I would not get a full fledged cold. But seeing as I was doing all I could to keep myself healthy, I didn't want my little discomfort to put a damper on our plans. So, off to Scenic World we went! A bit of background about Scenic World: Scenic World is located in Katoomba, on the edge of one of the mountains. Scenic World consists of 4 attractions: Skyway, Cableway, Railway, and Walkway. They also have a gift shop and food court. If I remember correctly, it opened in the 20's and has, through the years, been famed for having the steepest railway car in the world. Scenic World is located on the top of the mountain, but either the Cableway or Railway can be taken down to the rainforest floor where the Walkway is located. The Skyway is a cable car that is connected from one mountain to another, giving spectacular views of Jamison Valley, Katoomba Falls, and the Three Sisters rock formation. Now that the tour guide talk is over, here's how our day went: Upon arriving at Scenic World, we bought our tickets and decided to have a look around the gift shop before starting on the attractions. We each got a little souvenir, but it was the pressed coin machine that caught our attention and, as it turned out, our humor as well. As I'm sure is evidently obvious, Australian money is different than American money. The Australian currency includes bills worth $5 and more, and all other value lower than $5 is in coin form, but only down to 5 cents. So the coin currency is as follows, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1, and $2. What then was so funny about the pressed coin machine, you ask? As an avid pressed penny collector here in the States, it was a neat discovery and prospect of having a pressed Australian coin to add to my collection. Well, the humor comes into play in the fact that the pressed coin machine in Australia did not use an Australian coin, but rather was stocked with American pennies that it deposited and pressed. Go figure! Off we went to begin the attractions, starting with the Skyway, followed by the Railway (which was an exciting but short trip that descended rather quickly into the Jamison Valley.) (Fun Fact: Our descent was accompanied by the playing of the Indiana Jones theme song.) Getting off the Railway, we began our walk through the rainforest floor on the Walkway. The walk took close to an hour, but it was so beautiful and peaceful. To take us back to the top of the mountain was the Cableway where we were greeted back in the Gift Shop with Blue Mountains honey samples. So delicious! It was probably the second best honey I've tasted in my life. It was so good that we just had to bring some home and ended up walking away with 4 different kinds of honey. Having completed everything at Scenic World, and as I was beginning to not feel very well, we made our way back home where I went promptly to bed.