a. The Blue MountainsCrossing the Blue Mountains. Due to the rough terrain and lack of resources, the Blue Mountains were seen as an impassible barrier for future exploration from the time of Captain Cook’s landing in 1770 through to 1813. In 1813, Gregory Blaxland, William Charles Wentworth, and Lieutenant Lawson, along with four servants, four pack horses and five dogs, set off on an exploration which was to create history. On the 11th May 1813 the explorers departed from Emu Plains reaching the foothills of the B
b. The 3 Sisters - DayThe Three Sisters are a rock formation in The Blue Mountains, Katoomba, which is 110km west from Sydney. Towering above the Jamison Valley, the ancient pillars known as the Three Sisters form one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Blue Mountains National Park. Their heights range from 906m to 922m and make an impressive sight. Their rich, earthy colors and unusual shapes are popular with amateur and professional photographers alike.
c. Mountain Winter GumMountain Winter Gum at dawn. Blue Mountains Ash. Common in the Blue Mountains, and grows to 30 metres tall. The trunk is straight and smooth and white-yellow above the stocking. The bark hangs in long strips from the branches. Flowers during January and February.
d. Blue Mountains at DawnBlue Mountains at Dawn. Naming the Blue Mountains. In 1788 the Blue Mountains were originally named "Carmarthen Hills" and "Landsdowne Hills" by Governor Phillip. However, it wasn’t long after, that the distinctive blue haze surrounding the area saw the change in name to the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapor, scatter shor
e. The 3 Sisters at SunsetThe Three Sisters. How the Three Sisters were Formed. The Three Sisters were created through erosion. According to the Australian Museum, the pinnacles are made of Triassic sandstone and were formed when wind and rain caused perpendicular joins in the rock to wear away, leaving the three blocks of sandstone separated by steep vertical cliffs.
f. The 3 Sisters - NightViewing the Three Sisters, Viewing the Three Sisters. The most popular place to view the Three Sisters is at Echo Point. Two viewing platforms extend out over the valley, offering panoramic views of the rock formations. The Three Sisters can be viewed at any time of the day or night. The formation is floodlit from sunset to 10:30pm every evening
g. Blue Mountains at DawnBlue Mountains at Dawn. Formation of the Blue Mountains Archaeological studies indicate that the Blue Mountains were formed around one million years ago as part of the Kosciusko Uplift during the Pliocene Epoch. Pressure from the east raised the area upwards in a monoclonal fold, reaching an elevation of around three thousand feet to the top of the Blue Mountains where Mount Victoria is today.
h. Blue Mountains at DawnBlue Mountains at Dawn. The First Blue Mountains Inhabitants Australian Aborigines were the first to inhabit the Blue Mountains; however, we are unable to determine how far back in history this occurred. Evidence of the Daruk tribe who inhabited the area in ages past can be seen through aboriginal art carved into rock. Remarkably preserved today is the ancient rock carving known as "the flight of the Great Grey Kangaroo" which is located at the foot of Hawkesbury Lookout, Hawkesbury Heights (ne