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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the greater Blue Mountains – the Darkinjung, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wanaruah and Wiradjuri people – and pay respect to their elders, past, present and emerging.

Recently Added
 Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and the Mountain Devil   (stories) by Fiona Lumsden
 Blue Mountains Swamps - Grevilleas and Southern Emu‑wren   (stories) by Fiona Lumsden
 GBMWHA Flora   (flora) by Alan Page
 Satin Bowerbird   (fauna) by Judy Smith
 Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve   (conservation) by Russell Brown
 Brush‑tailed Rock‑wallaby   (fauna) by Judy Smith & Ian Brown
 Crayfish of the Blue Mountains and a new giant ‘spiny’   (fauna) by Ian Baird

Blue Mountains Nature - an introduction

Blue Mountains Nature cover
This is a book for children about the native animals and plants of Australia's Blue Mountains.

It's an introduction to the wonders of nature; an invitation to look and learn in their garden and in the bush.

The 100 page book describes over 70 common native species and includes 200 images. It's an A5 spiral bound book for easier handling.

Here's an example of the Echidna,  Eastern Spinebill,  Kookaburra  and  orchids pages.

It is presented as a personal diary with the description of each animal and plant followed by a suggestion of what to look for in their garden and the bush. A set of questions is then asked that can be ticked off.

Several paintings and drawings are included that may spark an interest in trying to draw or paint our animals and plants.

While the material in the book is aimed at children and presented at their level, there may be bits and pieces that may be of interest to grown-ups.

The book is available at most bookshops in the Blue Mountains including -

For enquiries and orders please contact Alan Page at this email address.

Satin Bowerbird (male)
Welcome to Blue Mountains Nature.

The Greater Blue Mountains is one of Australia's most important and diverse conservation areas, and is listed on the World Heritage register.

The region also has local communities and a wider spread of citizens committed to its long-term protection.

This website aims to provide comprehensive information on the natural heritage of the Blue Mountains, supported with artistic responses to the local environment and profiles of conservationists who have played a significant role in the region.

We want to inspire and inform with a combination of visual, artistic, personal and technical content.

We strive for accuracy and integrity by involving local experts and referencing authoritative documents. Wherever possible and necessary we will always obtain permission and acknowledge the source of intellectual property (words and images) that we include in the website content. If you notice any inaccuracy, unattributed content or falsely attributed content, please contact us.

Map of the
Greater Blue Mountains
World Heritage Area

prepared by Karen McLaughlin
(This is a vector pdf that let's you zoom in without becoming pixelated...)
Natural heritage takes in landscape, ecology, flora, fauna and conservation. Artistic responses to the area's natural heritage include visual art, literature and music. Cultural heritage is included where it can inform aspects of natural heritage.

We hope you enjoy these offerings.

[The following slideshow is one of six.   Hit refresh to view another one.]

  • 1. Donkey Mountain at dawn
  • 2. Mount Wilson rainforest
  • 3. Pink Flannel Flowers
  • 4. Lawson waterfalls
  • 5. Eastern Water Dragon
  • 6. Peeling Angophora
  • 7. Kanangra heath at dawn
1. Donkey Mountain at dawn1 2. Mount Wilson rainforest2 3. Pink Flannel Flowers3 4. Lawson waterfalls4 5. Eastern Water Dragon5 6. Peeling Angophora6 7. Kanangra heath at dawn7
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Images in Slideshow 3
  1. Donkey Mountain at dawn, Wolgan Valley - Gardens of Stone National Park (Ian Brown)
  2. Mount Wilson rainforest (Ian Brown)
  3. Pink Flannel Flowers (Actinotus forsythii), Blackheath (Alan Page)
  4. Lawson waterfalls (Ian Brown)
  5. Eastern Water Dragon in burnt ground, Bungleboori Sector, State Mine Gully Fire 31 Oct 2013 (Ian Brown)
  6. Peeling Angophora - Wentworth Falls (Ian Brown)
  7. Kanangra heath at dawn - Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness (Ian Brown)
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