The Wildlife of the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains boast some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery. Here, sprawling velvet peaks seem expand endlessly to the horizon, encompassing lush rainforests, breath-taking natural wonders, and an abundance of stunning views and wildlife.

In 2000, the Blue Mountains were listed as a World Heritage Site and today, is home to an incredible amount of native and non-native creatures.

In fact, there are more than 400 different types of animals that reside amongst the picturesque gorges and the expansive tablelands of the Greater Blue Mountains area, including a number of endangered and threatened species.

If you’re travelling through, keep your eyes peeled for species such as the tiger quoll, koalas, the yellow-bellied glider, and the long-nosed potoroo. As well as these, there are tonnes of reptiles that live in the forest, like the green and golden bell frog, and the Blue Mountain water skink.

The largest predator in the region is the native dingo, a wild type of dog that hunts for the local grey kangaroos and other prey they can get their claws on.

But it’s not just mammals, marsupials, and amphibians that call this area home – there are plenty of colourful bird species here, too. BirdLife International has named the blue Mountains as an Important Bird Area because of its high number of rare and native species. In fact, the peaks of the mountain ranges support the highest number of rockwarbler in the world, but there are also plenty of flame robins, diamond firetails, and pilotbirds you can catch a glimpse of.

If that wasn’t enough, the endangered regent honeyeater can also be seen there regularly, as well as the rare yellow-faced honeyeater during the migration season.

It’s safe to say there are hundreds of animal-spotting opportunities in the Blue Mountains, especially at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can get up close and personal to all manner of species, including native koalas, kangaroos, and wombats.

If you’re a keen animal lover who is looking to explore the incredible amounts of wildlife and natural beauty that Australia has to offer, the Blue Mountains should definitely be on your list. From the velvet peaks of the ranges to the ancient plant-filled valleys below and the designated animal hotspots that are dotted around, there are endless opportunities to spot creatures in all shapes and sizes.

To see the beautiful wildlife of the Blue Mountains, check out our Blue Mountains Tour.

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