Blue Mountains Camping

The Blue Mountains region is a mountainous area bordering the western fringe of the greater Sydney metropolitan area and extending to the western slopes beyond Lithgow.
A section of the Great Dividing Range, The Blue Mountains Region was first crossed by the three explorers, Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, in 1813. Their names have been immortalised numerous times, having been used for town names, street names and other titles.

The Greater Blue Mountains Area is a World Heritage site. It is a place of rugged tablelands, sheer cliffs, deep, inaccessible valleys and rivers and lakes teeming with life. The rare plants and animals that live in this natural place relate an extraordinary story of Australia's antiquity, its diversity of life. This is the story of the evolution of Australia's unique eucalypt vegetation and its associated communities, plants and animals.

The Blue Mountains National Park lies on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range. The plateau slopes gently down from west to east from a height of around 1,100m near Mt Victoria to less than 200m around Glenbrook. There are four major rivers that have most of their catchment inside the park; the Wollangambe River in the north, the Grose River in the centre, and the Coxs and Wollondilly Rivers in the south.

More than 400 different kinds of animals live within the rugged gorges and tablelands of the Greater Blue Mountains Area. These include threatened or rare species of conservation significance, such as the tiger quoll, the koala, the yellow-bellied glider and the long-nosed potoroo as well as rare reptiles and amphibians including the green and golden bell frog and the Blue Mountain water skink.