Blue Mountains National Park
Immersion in the Australian bushland
Stream/s: World heritage; Respecting Indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture; Reaching conservation goals; Inspiring a new generation
Host Organisation: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Location: Blue Mountains: Wentworth Falls; Katoomba
Above Image: Minouschka Lush
Tile Image: S Alton OEH
New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service welcomes you on a journey west of Sydney to the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, a vast tract of over one thousand hectares of stunning bushland in Sydney’s backyard.
Noted for its wide representation of eucalypt communities, the Blue Mountains takes its name from the oil bearing Eucalyptus trees – their finely dispersed droplets of oil in the atmosphere create the distinctive blue haze that surrounds the area.
On route through the urban corridor of Blue Mountains villages, you will hear stories from the National Parks and Wildlife Service guide such as when Charles Darwin, the internationally significant naturalist, visited Wentworth Falls in 1836 and exclaimed “this kind of view was to me quite novel, and extremely magnificent”.
At Wentworth Falls you will be welcomed by the traditional custodians of the land, the Gundungurra and Darug people. Over morning tea, local staff will talk about the maintenance of heritage walking tracks and trails as well as the new Bushtrackers Environmental Engagement Program for children and families.
A one-hour guided bushwalk will give you the opportunity to experience the Australian bush first hand. The extraordinary beauty of the Blue Mountains area with its breathtaking views, sheer cliffs and deep inaccessible valleys will deliver an unforgettable adventure. The walk requires a good level of fitness and sturdy shoes, come prepared for a real Australian bushwalk.
Further up the mountain visit the Katoomba Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. There you can explore the World Heritage Exhibition, a high-tech interactive exhibition through which you can get to know the natural as well as the social landscapes of this unique area. Lunch will be taken at Katoomba.
Before returning to Sydney Olympic Park you will visit Echo Point and the Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark. A ‘must see’, the Three Sisters is declared an Aboriginal Place under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, as it is a place of special significance in Aboriginal culture. Be prepared for some more spectacular scenery at this iconic landmark that is visited by millions of people each year.
Expect an engaging and enjoyable day immersed in the stunning Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Return transport is to Sydney Olympic Park where you can enjoy the afternoon entertainment at PlanetFest.
Particulars and requirements
This excursion includes three nature walk options: easy; medium; and hard grade. A good level of fitness is required for all the walks.
Transportation: Return travel to Sydney Olympic Park via coach. There will be a communique to delegates closer to the date regarding options to get to/back from Sydney Olympic Park pre/post excursion.
Meals: Morning tea and lunch *Catering will include some vegetarian options. Delegates with other special dietary requirements will need to bring their own packed food/beverage.
What to bring
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Closed-toe sturdy walking/hiking shoes
- Sun lotion
- Weather gear (hat, rain jacket, a sweater/warm clothing in case the wind picks up at the lookouts
- Water bottle
Weather conditions can be checked at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forcasts/sydney.shtml