Fodor's Expert Review Zig Zag Railway

Mount Victoria Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) Fodor's Choice

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

You'll be wiping the soot from your face after a ride on the huff-and-puff vintage steam engine, but that's part of the fun of this cliff-hugging 16-km (10-mile) round-trip experience on the Zig Zag Railway. Built in 1869, this was the main line across the Blue Mountains until 1910. The track is laid on the cliffs in a giant "Z," and the train climbs the steep incline by chugging back and forth along switchback sections of the track—hence its name. The steam engine operates on weekends, public holidays, and Wednesday, and weekdays during school holidays, but a fire in October 2013 damaged many of the railway buildings and trains; the owners have announced plans to resume service in 2014—call or check online for updates.

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) Flight Centre Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

Bells Line of Rd., 19 km (12 miles) northwest of Mount Victoria
Clarence, New South Wales  2790, Australia

02-6355–2955

www.zigzagrailway.com.au

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: A$28 return, A$18 one-way

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