Mount Wilson area
Blue Mountains National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Mount Wilson area is in Blue Mountains National Park. Blue Mountains National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Blue Mountains National Park plays an important role in conserving NSW’s biodiversity by protecting its vulnerable, threatened and endangered plants and animals. We work closely with Blue Mountains City Council and local partners on conservation activities like the Saving Our Species program, which monitors the habitat, distribution and population of species. Vulnerable species in this area include the eastern bentwing-bat, yellow-bellied glider, giant dragonfly and Blue Mountains water skink. Risks associated with introduced plants and animals, along with the impact of climate change, are managed in this area.
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.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world due to our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to a program of doing fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, tracking weather patterns such as lightning storms, and community alerts. This helps to minimise property risk while also recognising the important role of fires in native plants' lifecycles. The Enhanced Bushfire Management Program (EBMP) is in place in the Mount Wilson area. This fire management program supports response teams of highly trained rapid response firefighters, who can respond to 100% of remote wildfires within 30mins of detection.
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.
Understanding landscapes and geology
Geo conservation efforts and research play an important role in protecting the World Heritage-listed landscapes and geology of Blue Mountains National Park. Rehabilitation and maintenance works, to limit the impact of erosion, pollution and degradation to these ancient landscapes, is ongoing. The effects of climate change and visitation is also monitored to preserve the area’s delicate ecosystems.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a major impact on the ecosystems and habitats within Blue Mountains National Park. Reducing introduced species is an important part of our work to protect the integrity of the Mount Wilson area.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
We’re committed to developing first-class facilities for the enjoyment and safety of visitors to Blue Mountains National Park, one of Australia’s most visited parks. Visitor feedback and environmental sustainability are important in this ECO-certified park. Maintenance and upgrades to roads, tracks, trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, lookouts and signage are ongoing. We regularly reviews the park’s recreational opportunities, identifying areas for improvement or addition.
Blue Mountains National Park has achieved Ecotourism Destination Certification, through Ecotourism Australia, recognising best practice sustainable tourism and visitation in protected areas.
- in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Mount Wilson area is always open but some locations may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
02 4787 8877
Contact hours: 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.