Blue Mountains City Council



Residents Guide

The Resident Guide is provided for residents, especially our new residents, to find their way around Blue Mountains City Council and the City.

The City of Blue Mountains is regarded as a unique place and is located on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra Nations. This area of great natural beauty annually attracts more than 3 million visitors per year from throughout the world. The Blue Mountains features settlements that are generally confined to a narrow ridge that connects the Cumberland Plains of Sydney and the Western Plains of Central West NSW. Strung along this ridge are a series of distinct communities – each with its own sense of climate, terrain and atmosphere. Each of these communities borders one of the world’s great national parks, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000. The management of the Blue Mountains fragile ecosystem, while maintaining sustainable economic development, is the principle challenge for Blue Mountains City Council and the Community.

The Local Government area is 1,432 square kilometers in size. Its population of approximately 75,000 people is spread across 26 towns and villages on a narrow 100 km long ridge. These diverse centres include highly urbanized towns and isolated rural townships. The major commercial centre is Katoomba, a popular destination for day trippers and overnight visitors. Katoomba is home to the famous Three Sisters, a majestic rock formation dominating the Jamison Valley. Katoomba is also an excellent base to explore areas to the West such as Jenolan Caves, Oberon, Lithgow, Bathurst, Cowra and Mudgee.

The Blue Mountains City Council is committed to protecting both the natural and the urban environment, as well as encouraging sustainable and appropriate industry.

Welcome to the Blue Mountains - enjoy living in our beautiful City and please make use of this handy resource.

The Residents Guide may be downloaded at right.