Greater Blue Mountains
World Heritage Education Region
Welcome to the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon Region.
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area provides a living class room where students of all ages and interests can engage in learning experiences directly relating to living and working in a World Heritage area.
World Heritage: The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of the world's natural wonders. The Area has been described as a living laboratory of evolutionary processes. It is home to 400 animal species, including more than one third of Australia's bird species, 4,000 moths and butterflies, 1,300 plant species, with the greatest concentration of eucalypt diversity in Australia.
Indigenous Culture: The Darug, Gundungarra and Wiradjuri peoples have lived and cared for the Blue Mountains landscape for many thousands of years. The local Aboriginal communities of today continue to care for country and share their rich culture both with the residents and the many visitors to these ancient homelands.
History & Heritage: Europeans spent 25 years attempting to cross the Blue Mountains. Once a route was found in 1813, the rich agricultural and mining lands to the west of the "Great Divide" were opened up saving the new colony from ruin. The Region is rich in early European architecture, mining ghost towns and engineering wonders including the oldest bridge on the Australian mainland and a railway that is internationally acclaimed as an engineering masterpiece of the 19th century.
W.H.E.N. you are planning your next school excursion, study tour or even thinking about undertaking an English language course in New South Wales we invite you to consider - BLUE MOUNTAINS W.H.E.N (World Heritage Education Network)