There’s a very good reason why the epic vistas of the Blue Mountains are World Heritage listed. Several in fact. Firstly, it has some of the most breathtaking geological formations, gorges and waterfalls anywhere in the country, many of which are important sacred sites for the Gundungurra and Darug peoples who have called these lands home for thousands of generations. Secondly it is home to a unique diversity of vegetation, including certain species of eucalypts that are found here and nowhere else in the world. It’s also one of the largest national parks of its type (the top spot goes to Kosciuszko National Park, also in NSW), covering more than a million hectares. It’s almost beyond belief that such world-beating natural wonders are a mere 65km from Sydney’s CBD. Start your day trip at the park's cultural centre, where you'll find restroom facilities, visitor information and helpful guides on the area's rich heritage.
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