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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
 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


A New Book On The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains: exploring landscapes shaped by the underlying rocks, uplift and erosion
by Peter Hatherly & Ian Brown

The Blue Mountains
This new book is about the landscapes of the Blue Mountains and how they've been shaped by the underlying rocks and geological forces driving uplift and erosion.

The 200 page hardback book is aimed at the general reader and is lavishly illustrated with photographs, original maps and innovative diagrams.

The content is in three parts – Geology & Geomorphology, Interactions and Landscapes by Region.

The first is an explanation of the geological history, the rocks and land-shaping processes.

The second is how these interact with Blue Mountains ecology and traditional Aboriginal life.

The third is devoted to describing in detail the landscapes of the main precincts of the Blue Mountains.

Here's more information on the book and how to get your copy


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.

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  • 1. Glenbrook Lagoon
  • 2. Blue Mountains Ash and tree ferns
  • 3. Deanes Boronia
  • 4. Kanangra Falls
  • 5. Masked Devil Cicada
  • 6. Bowens Creek valley
  • 7. Ironstone formations
1. Glenbrook Lagoon1 2. Blue Mountains Ash and tree ferns2 3. Deanes Boronia3 4. Kanangra Falls4 5. Masked Devil Cicada5 6. Bowens Creek valley6 7. Ironstone formations7
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Images in Slideshow 4
  1. Morning rainbow, Glenbrook Lagoon (Ian Brown)
  2. Blue Mountains Ash (Eucalyptus oreades) and tree ferns, Mt Wilson (Ian Brown)
  3. Deanes Boronia (Boronia deanii), Newnes Plateau (Alan Page)
  4. Kanangra Falls - Kanangra-Boyd National Park (Ian Brown)
  5. Masked Devil Cicada (Cylochila australasiae form spreta), Mt Victoria (Ian Brown)
  6. Bowens Creek valley, morning light - Wollemi National Park (Ian Brown)
  7. Ironstone formations - Wollemi National Park (Ian Brown)
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