Some of the facts and history of Blue Mountains National Park
The Greater Blue Mountains was announced as UNESCO World Heritage Area on 29 November 2000. The Blue Mountains area is around 1436 square kilometers. It’s recognized for its geographic, botanic and cultural value. Aboriginal Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal Nations are acknowledged as the traditional owners of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage
It extends from Hunter Valley to the Southern Highlands and West to the farmlands of the Central Tablelands, The Greater Blue Mountains covers more than a million hectares of native bush land. It embraces the National Park of Wollemi, Yengo, Gardens of Stone, Blue Mountains Kanangra Boyd, Thirlmere Lakes and Nattai, together with Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.
The area has 91 eucalypt species (thirteen percent of the world’s total), more than 400 different animals and almost ten percent of Australia’s vascular plants live within the rugged gorges and tablelands of the Greater Blue Mountains Area. They Support rare and as yet undescribed species of plants and animals, with 127 rare or threatened animals, including the spot tailed quoll, koala, yellow-bellied glider, long-nosed potoroo, green and golden frog and the Blue Mountains Water Sink.