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Blue Mountains National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Blue Mountains National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

Blue Mountains National Park values the protection and conservation of biodiversity, land and native vegetation. Ongoing initiatives are carried out within this park, and are designed to deliver important landscape connectivity conservation outcomes.

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Conservation program

Jenolan environmental monitoring program

The Jenolan environmental monitoring program, created in 2008, uses special sensory equipment to measure tiny variations in air and water quality at different sites around the karst environment of Jenolan Caves. While still allowing visitors to explore the caves, this allows scientists to protect geodiversity, ensuring conditions stay stable for future generations.

Preserving biodiversity

NPWS works to protect biodiversity in all its parks, and Blue Mountains National Park is no exception. Issues that may have potential impacts on biodiversity, such as climate change and weed invasion, are regularly observed and tracked within this park. Weed control and species monitoring, including assessment of competition from native vegetation and fire, also frequently occur.

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BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

Preserving the abundant historic heritage of the Yerranderie precinct is a priority in Blue Mountains National Park. Regular building maintenance is carried out to protect the fabric of the Yerranderie heritage and to ensure visitor safety and important asset conservation.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Blue Mountains National Park is committed to providing first-class visitor facilities. The park is located in the Greater Blue Mountains area, a heritage-listed site, and heritage maintenance is ongoing. Early scoping studies are carried out to ensure heritage assets are conserved. Enhancements to the park’s roads, car parks, tracks, trails, campgrounds and information signage are also a continuing priority.

Blue Mountains National Park has achieved Ecotourism Destination Certification, through Ecotourism Australia, recognising best practice sustainable tourism and visitation in protected areas.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Blue Mountains National Park is dedicated to preserving its strong Aboriginal culture. There are several significant sites around the park, which are maintained as part of efforts to conserve this culture. Aboriginal site conditions are regularly assessed and recorded, and members of local Aboriginal communities are engaged wherever possible.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

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Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
  • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
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Upcoming alerts

For all planned management events such as hazard reduction burns and pest control operations see the alerts page.

Get involved

Blue Mountains rock art conservation project

Blue Mountains rock art conservation project

Volunteer with NPWS to help preserve and revive Aboriginal rock art in Blue Mountains National Park. By clearing vegetation from the rock platform, you be helping us to protect this culturally significant site for future generations.  

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Hanging rock, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan