This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Greater Blue Mountains region being granted World Heritage status by the United Nations. 

As one of only two cities in the world situated within a World Heritage Area - the other being the picturesque town of Banff in Canada - the City of Blue Mountains holds special significance not only within Australia, but around the world.

Sites which are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage List are defined as having ‘cultural and/or natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and to be of importance.. for all humanity'*. 

Inclusion on this list in 2000, put the Greater Blue Mountains area in the company of other world attractions like Mt Everest, the Pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China.

Marking the milestone

Blue Mountains City Council will mark this important milestone from July to December 2020, by celebrating the unique privilege of managing a City within a World Heritage Area.

Over the next six months Council will showcase how we help preserve an area of such special significance, including recognition of Traditional Ownership, protection of the environment and threatened species, water resource management and strategic planning.

By celebrating the important milestone of 20 years as a City within a World Heritage Area, there will be opportunities for the whole community to come together, to learn, share knowledge and celebrate the joy of living in one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth.

*Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, July 2012.