Southern Blue Mountains area
Blue Mountains National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Southern Blue Mountains 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. Conservation activities such as the Saving Our Species program are carried out in this area of the park. These activities include monitoring the habitats, distribution and population of vulnerable and endangered species like the stuttering frog, yellow bellied glider, spotted-tailed quoll and Klaphake’s sedge. The WildCount animal monitoring program also operates here, using motion-detecting cameras to look at trends in native animal populations.
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 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.
With its fire-prone dry sclerophyll forest, the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains Area is one of the most flammable environments on earth. Because of this, for management purposes, the area now has one of the most comprehensive fire regime analyses in the world.
Historic heritage in our parks and reserves
Preserving the European heritage of the historic Yerranderie precinct is a priority in the southern area of the Blue Mountains. Regular building maintenance is carried out to protect the fabric of the Yerranderie heritage and to ensure visitor safety and important asset conservation.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Reducing pest species like pigs, goats, deer and wild dogs, is an important part of our work to protect the integrity of wilderness areas, water, and the biodiversity of the Southern Blue Mountains area. The Wombeyan Weed Whackers twice-yearly volunteer program supports removal of introduced species through bush regeneration and weed removal, which helps preserve native animal habitat.
Since the fox was introduced to Australia in the 1870s, its impact on the environment has been negative. Foxes have contributed to the decline and extinction of a large range of native Australian animals.
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.
The NPWS cave access policy was created following concern from staff, recreational cavers and scientists regarding access to NPWS caves. The policy sets important guidelines for protecting and conserving NSW caves, and focuses on regulating access while maintaining opportunities for public enjoyment and scientific research.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
We are committed to developing 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 and signage are ongoing. We regularly review 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.
Report illegal dumping
It's illegal to dump rubbish, household waste, green waste, construction waste, tyres, or vehicles in NSW national parks and reserves. You can help by reporting it anonymously. If you see illegal waste that has been dumped, or is in the process of being dumped, please take a photo and report it through the Report Illegal Dumping online form, or phone 131 555.
- in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
Southern Blue Mountains area is always open but some locations may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 6336 6200
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.
- 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW 2787
- Oberon office
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
02 4787 8877
Contact hours: 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
Donate to NSW National Parks
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.