Discover 'Nocturnal' at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains

Scenic World, one of Australia’s top tourist spots, is offering a unique after-dark experience, 'Nocturnal' again, coming up in 2025. This seasonal-only event lets you experience the Blue Mountains in a completely different way. Under the cover of night, “Nocturnal” reveals a side of the area you don’t usually get to see.

Why visit 'Nocturnal'?

1. Access to all three rides

Nocturnal also includes access to some of Scenic World's most popular rides. Experience the world’s steepest railway, the Scenic Railway, along with the Scenic Cableway and Scenic Skyway! The rides offer a thrilling and unique perspective of the Blue Mountains after dark.

2. The Scenic Skyway

The Scenic Skyway is a stand-out among the rides, as it offers a unique perspective of the Blue Mountains at night. This glass-bottomed cable car glides between the cliff tops, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. During "Nocturnal," the Skyway operates with special lighting that illuminates the valley below, giving you a stunning view of the rainforest and the ancient rock formations bathed in moonlight.

3. Light Installations and Holograms

Marvel at the light installations and holograms scattered throughout the park. These include the mesmerizing light trees, part of LASERVISION’s LUNA Light Journeys. These installations add a magical touch to your nighttime adventure, making the forest come alive with colour and light.

4. Twilight Walks

One of the main attractions of "Nocturnal" is the Twilight Walks. These guided tours take you along the Scenic Walkway, a 2.4km elevated boardwalk that winds through the ancient rainforest. As you stroll under the canopy of towering trees, your guide will share stories about the flora and fauna that have made their home here. The soft glow of light installations and the sounds of the forest at night create a magical atmosphere that the whole family will enjoy.


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5. The Glow Worm Grotto

A visit to the Glow Worm Grotto is another highlight of the "Nocturnal" experience. This natural spectacle features thousands of tiny glow worms that light up the dark corners of the rainforest, creating a breathtaking display. As you stand in the darkness, you’ll feel like you’re surrounded by a sky full of twinkling stars – or maybe one of the prettiest light shows Mother Nature has to offer. Either way, it’s a truly unforgettable sight.

6. Nocturnal Wildlife Encounters

The Blue Mountains are home to a wide range of nocturnal animals, and "Nocturnal" gives you the chance to see some of these elusive creatures. Keep an eye out for possums, sugar gliders, and owls as you explore the rainforest.

7. Gundungurra Story of Creation

Learn about the Gundungurra Story of Creation, a fascinating tale from the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. This storytelling session offers a unique cultural insight into the area's rich heritage and deep connection to the land.

8. Nocturnal Quest for Kids

“Nocturnal” is great for families, and the Nocturnal Quest in particular is fantastic for kids. This interactive and educational quest leads kids on a journey through the forest, where they can discover fun facts about the nocturnal wildlife and plants. It's a great way for kids to learn while having a blast.

Practical tips for enjoying 'Nocturnal' at Scenic World

Book in advance

"Nocturnal" at Scenic World is a popular event, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. You don’t want to miss out – FOMO is real!

Dress for chilly weather

Evenings in the Blue Mountains can be chilly, especially during the winter months. Dress in warm, layered clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bringing a waterproof jacket is also a good idea, as the weather can be unpredictable. And hey, if it rains, just think of it as part of the adventure!

Bring a torch

While the pathways and exhibits are well-lit, bringing a small torch can be useful for navigating darker areas and getting a closer look at the nocturnal wildlife. Plus, it’s always good to be prepared!

Arrive early to see the best of all of the views

Arriving early will give you time to explore Scenic World during daylight hours, see the sunset and enjoy attractions like the Scenic Railway and Scenic Cableway before transitioning to the evening activities.


"Nocturnal" at Scenic World is a must-see event for anyone visiting the Blue Mountains. This after-dark adventure offers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife in a whole new light. Plan your visit, dress warmly, and get ready to be enchanted by the magic of the Blue Mountains at night. Trust us, you won’t regret it!


When is 'Nocturnal' at Scenic World in 2025?

Nocturnal will return in April and May of 2025

Do I need to book?

Yes, the event is seasonal, available for a short time only, and it gets busy, so we definitely recommend booking.

How much does 'Nocturnal' at Scenic World cost?

Tickets cost $55 for an adult, and $40 for a child.

How much time do I need to enjoy 'Nocturnal'?

Giving yourself around 2-3 hours will give you plenty of time to enjoy the rides and the walk.

Where can I eat nearby?

We recommend Echoes Restaurant and Bar, Katoomba, which is close to Scenic World, and offers great views and food.

Where should I stay?

Katoomba is the best place to stay to enjoy Scenic World, as well as many of the other top attractions the Blue Mountains have to offer.

How can I get to Scenic World from Careel Cottages?

Scenic World is just a quick 4-minute taxi or a 30 minute walk if you fancy an evening stroll.

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What are some other things to do in Katoomba and the Blue Mountains?

We hope you find some great walks and beautiful views here. If you're looking for (even) more of a physical challenge and want to run some of the trails, you can check out our guide to the Ultra Trail Australia from Katoomba.

If you're looking for more outdoorsy things to do in the Blue Mountains, you can check out our guides to the Jenolan Caves, the Glow Worm Tunnel Walking track, Megalong Valley and Mayfield Garden. There's also so much to see in Katoomba and the other charming villages in the area, including some fabulous artisans and antique stores, which we've written about in our guide to the Best Shops and Boutiques in the Blue Mountains.

If you're looking for some well-deserved grub, a drink, or some entertainment after all of your exertion, we've put together some guides on the Best Restaurants in the Blue Mountains, the Best Pubs and Bars in the Blue Mountains, the Best Live Music in the Blue Mountains, and Blue Mountains Events. We hope you have an amazing stay.

Blue Mountains FAQs

For more useful information that will help you plan your stay, we invite you to take a look at our Visiting the Blue Mountains FAQ guide, which will help you plan when to come, what to wear, where to stay and more.