Blue Mountains (New South Wales)

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Blue Mountains
New South Wales
Three Sisters Sunset.jpg
The Three Sisters, sandstone rock formations that are one of the best-known attractions in the region
Population: 162,000
Coordinates: 33°43′05″S 150°18′38″E / 33.71806°S 150.31056°E / -33.71806; 150.31056Coordinates: 33°43′05″S 150°18′38″E / 33.71806°S 150.31056°E / -33.71806; 150.31056
Area: 11400 km² (4,401.6 sq mi)
Location: 50 km (31 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA: Blue Mountains, City of Hawkesbury, City of Lithgow and Oberon Shire
State District: Blue Mountains, Penrith, Bathurst, Hawkesbury, Londonderry and Riverstone
Federal Division: Macquarie, Lindsay, Greenway and Calare
Localities around Blue Mountains:
Central West Central West Hunter
Central West Blue Mountains Western Sydney
Southern Tablelands Southern Tablelands Macarthur
Aboriginal hand stencils in Red Hands Cave, near Glenbrook

The Blue Mountains is a region in New South Wales, Australia. The foothills start about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the state capital, Sydney.[1] The area begins on the west side of the Nepean River. It goes west as far as Coxs River.[2]

It is mainly a sandstone plateau. The highest point of the range is Mount Werong. It is 1,215 metres (3,986 ft) above sea level. A large part of the Blue Mountains is in the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site. The area has seven national park areas and a conservation reserve.

The Blue Mountains area includes the local government areas of the City of Blue Mountains, the City of Hawkesbury, the City of Lithgow and Oberon.

Fauna[change | edit source]

The Greater Blue Mountains Area has over 400 different forms of animals. Among them are rare mammal species like Spotted-tailed Quoll, the Koala, the yellow-bellied Glider, and Long-nosed Potoroo. There are also some rare reptiles, like the Blue Mountain Water Skink.[3] There are also some dingos in the area. They are the top predators and hunt for grey kangaroos.[4]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Gregory's New South Wales State Road Map, Map 220, 11th Edition, Gregory's Publishing Company
  2. The Blue Mountains Rediscovered, Chris Cunningham (Kangaroo Press) 1996, p.33
  3. UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Greater Blue Mountains Area downloaded on snd of August 2011 Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  4. Brad V. Purcell: A novel observation of dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) attacking a swimming eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). Australian Mammalogy 32(2) 201–204, 2010.online Abstract