The top 10 facts about the Blue Mountains

The top 10 facts about the Blue Mountains

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/07/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

The Blue Mountains have so much to offer, from beautiful scenic landscapes to cute towns.

The Blue Mountains have fascinating rock formations, valleys, and waterfalls. To learn more about the Blue Mountains, read onwards to find out 10 awesome facts!

1. The Blue Mountains are actually blue

The Blue Mountains are in fact blue. Well, kind of. There is a eucalyptus forest in the Blue Mountains. The eucalyptus oil droplets from the trees, the dust and water vapour create a blue tinge.

2. One of the most popular attractions in Australia

There are over four million people who visit the Blue Mountains every year. With so many beautiful attractions around Australia, it makes sense why the Blue Mountains are one of the most popular. The Blue Mountains are also the busiest national park in New South Wales.

3. The mountains are really old

The Blue Mountains are about 300 million years old, but it’s said the rocks under the mountains are about 470 million years old. That’s about 10 times older than the Grand Canyon!

4. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden in the Blue Mountains is the only one in Australia located in a UNESCO World Heritage Area.

5. Go on the steepest railway in the world!

Scenic World’s Scenic Railway is the steepest railway in the world. The railway previously was once being used for mining in 1878 before used for travellers to see the surrounding areas.

6. The largest amount of walking tracks in Australia

In total the walking tracks in the Blue Mountains cover about 250 kilometres. You’ll no doubt be busy trying to walk all these tracks.

7. There are over 900 canyons

Out of the 900, there are only a few you can actually explore and go into. Most of the canyons are deep and narrow.

8. Aboriginals have lived in the Blue Mountains for thousands of years

The Gundungurra and Darug people have lived in the Blue Mountains for thousands of years. There is evidence that they have lived here for years and you can see it in the rock art and carvings.

9. There are 27 towns in the Blue Mountains

All the towns within the Blue Mountains are so beautiful. Some of the most popular towns are Leura, Wentworth Falls, and Glenbrook.

10. The Blue Mountains are beautiful to visit during autumn

Wentworth Falls is a beautiful town to visit during autumn. There are autumn leaves falling from the trees and the trees are a fiery colour. Some parts of the Blue Mountains and towns even experience snow!

After reading about these 10 facts and you feel the urge to go to the Blue Mountains, why not book a tour! One of our favourite tours is the one day Blue Mountains deluxe.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.