The Blue Mountains is one of only two cities in the world surrounded by a World Heritage Area. It also sits within the Sydney drinking water catchment, servicing 1.7 million people. Get information...
On 29 November 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains was announced as Australia's 14th World Heritage Area.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area was nominated for its outstanding natural values, including the biodiversity of its plant and animal communities, its vegetation dominated by Australia's unique eucalypts and for the unmatched beauty of its natural landscapes.
World Heritage listing of the one million hectare Greater Blue Mountains area:
Grants international recognition of Australia's eucalypt forests and other scelerophyll (hard leaved) vegetation.
Includes the largest protected, most intact, scelerophyll forest wilderness remaining within a broad range of temperate climates.
Provides an exceptional living example of evolution of the modern Australian flora, to its present distinctive character in the classic Australian circumstances of low fertility soils, a drying climate and geographic isolation which is one of the great stories of the evolution of the earth's plant cover.
The listed property is made up of seven outstanding National Parks as well as the famous Jenolan Caves Karst Conservation Reserve. These include Blue Mountains, Wollemi, Yengo, Nattai, Kanangra-Boyd, Gardens of Stone and Thirlmere Lakes National Parks.
World Heritage sites belong to all peoples in the world. Sites have been selected for World Heritage after they have been carefully assessed as to whether they represent outstanding examples of cultural, natural and / or mixed cultural and natural criteria.
All three tiers of government, and the community at large, supported the Blue Mountains World Heritage nomination. The World Heritage Committee were unanimous in supporting the nomination.