Sublime natural bounty andÂ vast eucalyptÂ woods set the stage overÂ an expanseÂ of overÂ 1.3 million hectares.Â AnÂ amalgam of woodsy hillocks and deep gorges,Â sandstoneÂ cliffs and tunnelling caves toÂ sprawlingÂ open woodlands andÂ malleeÂ scrublands,Â this natural wonder is a live amphitheatre of native flora and fauna! Welcome to the Blue Mountains! MillionsÂ all over theÂ world haveÂ embarked onÂ the trip to Blue Mountains on aÂ sightseeingÂ day tour, pulled to it byÂ the ancientÂ mysteriesÂ that go with thisÂ iconicÂ landmark.
As with all World Heritage listings, this one was sure to makeÂ the cut,Â owing to not one but manyÂ reasons! Blue Mountainsâ€™Â uniqueÂ displayÂ of outstandingÂ natural wealth and globally valuableÂ environmentÂ is what favoured it foremost inÂ finding a spot in thisÂ worldwide-acclaimed listing. Its rich woodlands, rainforests and heathlandsÂ are home toÂ a diverseÂ array ofÂ distinctiveÂ flora and fauna!Â To add to that, Blue Mountains also houses one of worldâ€™s most distinct and conserved scleromorphic forests (vegetation with stiff leaves and thickened epidermis)Â in theÂ Earthâ€™s temperate region!
Dating back to more thanÂ 50Â million years, Blue MountainsÂ reservesÂ 10%Â of Australia’s large trees, the king of the region being theÂ eucalyptus! Blue Mountains housesÂ 13%Â of the worldâ€™s total eucalypt diversityÂ which extend toÂ over100Â classesÂ â€“Â the bestÂ concentrationÂ in theÂ world too!Â Out of these too,Â 12 of theÂ 100Â existÂ solelyÂ in thisÂ area. The characteristic blue tone of the Blue MountainsÂ whenÂ seen from afar is also caused due to a refraction gameÂ between the sun and eucalyptus mist.
Apart from eucalyptus forests, Blue MountainsÂ alsoÂ encloses aboutÂ 10%Â of Australiaâ€™sÂ vascularÂ flora.Â This vast regionÂ has over 127Â categoriesÂ of rare flora andÂ fifty twoÂ species ofÂ endangeredÂ animal life. In all, overÂ four hundredÂ entirely differentÂ animal species inhabit the depths of its wilds,Â right fromÂ tiger quoll, yellow-bellied glider, koala, brush-tailed rock wallaby, broad-headed snake and regent honeyeater to the golden bell frog. The regionÂ is additionally home toÂ Wollemi pine â€“ a rare living fossilÂ that goes back to theÂ MesozoicÂ Era!Â Itâ€™s no wonder why conservationÂ is a top priority when we talk of the Blue Mountains.
Add to itÂ a rich legacyÂ of Aboriginal historical connections, and up goes its significance!Â Numerous recorded sitesÂ supplyÂ proofÂ of Aboriginal andÂ Torres StraitÂ dwellerÂ tribe inhabitations inÂ the region, with someÂ of it as old as 22000 years!
Its richÂ diversityÂ and culture and wildlife withstanding, being a World Heritage is just the best thing to happen to this nature trove. Its World Heritage statusÂ offersÂ a globalÂ accredit toÂ the realm, second to none. BoostingÂ worldÂ tourismÂ and contributing to the growth inÂ touristÂ revenue, itÂ additionallyÂ aids theÂ essential task ofÂ preservingÂ thisÂ distinctiveÂ ecosystemÂ forÂ the long run. The funds thatÂ the regionÂ gets from theÂ UN bodyÂ topped by qualified suggestions and technological aids to implement preservation measuresÂ are sure to play a major role in retaining its diverse cultural and natural heritage.
A Blue Mountains day tour is just what it takes for everyone to realize its significance,Â with no doubts leftÂ onÂ whyÂ it’sÂ a World HeritageÂ Listed site. Visit, contribute to its conservationÂ and revel inÂ the scenic wonder that is Blue Mountains on a full day tour!