In November 2000, the Greater Blue Mountains was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List acknowledging the region’s natural heritage of outstanding universal value.
The Organisation’s listing noted:
The Greater Blue Mountains Area consists of 1.03 million ha of sandstone plateaux, escarpments and gorges dominated by temperate eucalypt forest. The site, comprised of eight protected areas, is noted for its representation of the evolutionary adaptation and diversification of the eucalypts in post-Gondwana isolation on the Australian continent. Ninety-one eucalypt taxa occur within the Greater Blue Mountains Area which is also outstanding for its exceptional expression of the structural and ecological diversity of the eucalypts associated with its wide range of habitats. The site provides significant representation of Australia’s biodiversity with ten percent of the vascular flora as well as significant numbers of rare or threatened species, including endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have persisted in highly-restricted microsites.
Scenic World is a proud partner of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute. To find our more about our partnership and the vital work of BMWHI, please visit our Scenic World Shared website.