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Blue Mountains National Park

Spring in Blue Mountains National Park

Spring in Blue Mountains National Park

On the way from Sydney to Canberra, slightly off the central highway, the Australian Blue Mountains National Park is located. In spring, when everything is rampant with green growth and flowers, the Blue Mountains look especially scenic, and the air is filled with essential oils of eucalyptuses and fragrances of the blossoming shrubs and trees. As we drove from Sydney to Melbourne, we visited this unique corner of the Australian wild nature. As we journeyed through the park, we observed the wild rampage of spring colours and our eyes stopped from time to time to behold the enchanting mountain landscapes. We were getting drunk with the purest mountain air, filled with the thrilling aromas of the Australian spring.

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

The Mountains are called blue, because there you can see quite an unusual optical phenomenon – due to the light’s refraction, the numerous drops of eucalyptus oil from the huge trees that abundantly cover the mountains, give them a tender blue tint, as a kind of mist, that makes the entire mountain range look like a fantastic illusion.

Being a part of the famous Great Dividing Range, the Blue Mountains are only one hour drive away from Sydney to the west; and they are entered by UNESCO into its list of the World Heritage objects. The Blue Mountains National Park itself was founded in 1958. The park occupies the area of 97 thousand hectares.

Three Sisters

The Blue Mountains are unique first of all because of their untypical rock composition for the Great Dividing Range. On top of that, the abundant rains and active surface waters, usual for such high and precipitous mountains, increased the effect. Quick tumultuous rivers, running to the Tasman Sea, have cut deep and narrow ravines in them. The highest point of the Blue Mountains – is Mountain Victoria (Werong) which is 1,111 meters tall.

The park’s flora includes characteristic species of trees for the Australian tropical forests: blue eucalyptuses, tree-ferns, acacias, mint trees. In its fauna the following species are represented: grey kangaroo, mountain kangaroo (wallaroo), swamp wallaby, brush-tailed phascogale (or common wambenger) and common ringtail possum, and other marsupials. There are a lot of exotic birds here (Rufous Fantail, Wonga Pigeon, Crimson Rosella, Yellow Flycatcher, and Rockwarbler that only lives in the Blue Mountains, et cetera).

Tourists in the Blue Mountains National Park have everything that is necessary! On the park’s territory there are several viewing decks where one can get breathtaking sights of the valleys below, and of the famous rocks The Three Sisters (gigantic stone formations from the indigenous people’s legends), and of the Echo gorge.

In the Katoomba village you can get a ride on the steepest railway in the world, or in a cable car cabin above the cliffs. HereyoucanseethehighestwaterfallinAustralia. Not far from it you can go down into the Jenolan Caves. These are the most famous limestone grottoes in Australia. In one of the nine caves there is an abundance of magically illuminated limestone stalactites and stalagmites.

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