Your Child Can Pat A Dinosaur In The Blue Mountains, Yes Really

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

This is a must-visit for any dino mad kids and it's something the whole family will love.

There is something about dinosaurs that are so magical to children. Every kid goes through at least one big dino obsession in their lives, and it's easy to see why, they're big, they're different, they're all-round cool. 

Now, Scenic World in the Blue Mountains is offering up a family excursion that will have your little dinosaur fan jumping for joy. 

Dinosaur Valley

Dinosaur Valley at Scenic World in Katoomba is bringing the ancient rainforest to life with prehistoric dinosaurs, daily events and family fun from November 1 – January 28.

I was lucky enough to check it out on opening day and I was blown away by the level of detail and effort that went into it. We rode down to the valley on the Scenic Railway while the Jurassic Park theme song played. Once we reached the bottom a Dinosaur ranger took us on a fun and educational tour, telling us a bit about all of the dinosaurs we passed.

The dinosaurs themselves were amazing, animatronic robots that look spookily realistic and certainly fooled my four-year-old who looked at them wide-eyed. 

As well as seeing the dinosaurs from the walkway, three times a day visitors have the opportunity to do a 'meet and roar' where you get up close with Ringo the Raptor and an adorable baby triceratops named Barbara. The kids have the chance to pat them and get photos and it is awesome (all included in the ticket price). 

When we'd completed our tour we took the newly refurbished Skyway cable car back up out of the valley. It was the perfect day out for the whole family, highly recommended. 

Make a weekend of it

Scenic World has teamed up with local accommodation to provide some great package deals, so why not get out of the city for the weekend and explore the mountains. We stayed at the Fairmont Resort and I can honestly say I have never seen such a child-friendly hotel. My four-year-old thought it was a paradise and basically refused to leave when it was time to go. 

They have not one but two fully decked out kids' playrooms, an arcade and a mirror maze as well as train rides and pony rides on selected days. 

Dinosaur Valley details:

This highly recommended activity will be running at Scenic World from the 1st of November to the 28th of January, so don't miss out. 


Discovery Pass - SAVER: Dinosaur Valley

The ultimate Scenic World experience. Includes access to all rides for one day of adventure, plus entry to Dinosaur Valley.

    • Child Pass: aged 4-13 years

    • Children under 4 years are free!

    • Family Pass includes 1 or 2 adults and up to 5 children under 14 years old.

Adult + Dinosaur Valley $39.00

Child + Dinosaur Valley $21.00

Concession + Dinosaur Valley $35.00

Family + Dinosaur Valley $99.00

The meet and roar happens every day at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm - free with entry.