A World Heritage-listed wilderness, the Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Renowned for dramatic scenery, steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, valleys, villages, towns and gardens, it offers a range of activities, whether you are viewing the Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba, bushwalking along clifftops to spectacular lookouts, enjoying the trails and scenic views with the blue haze on the horizon, rainforest gullies, and maybe stumble across many of the flora and fauna found in the region.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area consists of 1.03 million ha of sandstone plateaux, escarpments and gorges dominated by temperate eucalypt forest. The site, comprised of eight protected areas, is noted for its representation of the evolutionary adaptation and diversification of the eucalypts in post-Gondwana isolation on the Australian continent. Ninety-one eucalypt taxa occur within the Greater Blue Mountains Area which is also outstanding for its exceptional expression of the structural and ecological diversity of the eucalypts associated with its wide range of habitats. The site provides significant representation of Australia’s biodiversity with ten percent of the vascular flora as well as significant numbers of rare or threatened species, including endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have persisted in highly-restricted microsites.Source: Greater Blue Mountains Area, UNESCO, World Heritage Convention2
Visitors can get up close to the rare Wollemi Pines, by visiting the beautiful Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, as well as enjoying the many other micro-habitats of outstanding plants from around the world.
There are many attractions throughout the Greater Blue Mountains area, from the natural beauty of the wilderness dominated by temperate eucalypt forest, encompassing seven national parks (the Blue Mountains, Wollemi, Yengo, Nattai, Kanangra-Boyd, Gardens of Stone and Thirlmere Lakes National Parks), number of towns and villages, and the its Aboriginal heritage.
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Footnote & References
- Blue Mountains Australia, https://www.visitbluemountains.com.au/
- Greater Blue Mountains Area, UNESCO World Heritage Convention, https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/917/
- Greater Blue Mountains Area, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/conservation-and-heritage/greater-blue-mountains
- The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/