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] The Blue Mountains is an Australian natural wonder and World Heritage-listed area.[3]

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 | change 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.[4] There are also some dingos in the area. They are the top predators and hunt for grey kangaroos.[5]

References[change | change 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. "Beyond the city" (in en). Business Events Sydney. https://www.businesseventssydney.com.au/sydney-shines/beyond-the-city/.
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Greater Blue Mountains Area downloaded on snd of August 2011 Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  5. 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