Blue Mountains walking tracks

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Blue Mountains walking tracks
E9731-Six-Foot-Track-Nellies-Glen-steps.jpg
Steps in the Six Foot Track, pictured in 2007.
LocationBlue Mountains National Park, City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°38′11″S 150°16′18″E / 33.6365°S 150.2716°E / -33.6365; 150.2716Coordinates: 33°38′11″S 150°16′18″E / 33.6365°S 150.2716°E / -33.6365; 150.2716
Built1880–
OwnerNSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Official name: Blue Mountains Walking tracks
TypeState heritage (complex / group)
Designated2 April 1999
Reference no.980
TypeTrail/Track
CategoryTransport - Land
Blue Mountains walking tracks is located in New South Wales
Blue Mountains walking tracks
Location of Blue Mountains walking tracks in New South Wales

The Blue Mountains walking tracks are heritage-listed picnic areas, walking tracks and rest areas located in the Blue Mountains National Park, in the City of Blue Mountains local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1880. The property is owned by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[1]

History[edit]

The Blue Mountains National Park regained the top spot as the most popular New South Wales national park for domestic visitors in a 2014 survey. It received 4.2 million visitors in 2014, relegating Royal National Park to second place.[2][1]

Description[edit]

The following walking tracks form part of the heritage-listed items. The State Heritage Inventory (SHI) number below is the reference to the item number in the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) s.170 Register.[1]

Tab No. SHI No. Item name Location Image
1 3900010 Causeway to Red Hands Cave Glenbrook
2 3900033 Grotto Tracks Springwood
3 3900043 Florabella Pass Warrimoo and Blaxland
4 3900048 Kings Cave Track Linden
5 3900088 Princes Rock Track Wentworth Falls
6 3900099 Den Fenella Track Wentworth Falls
7 3900112 Jamison Creek Corridor/Darwins Walk Wentworth Falls
8 3900115 Valley of the Waters Track Wentworth Falls
9 3900120 National Pass Wentworth Falls
10 3900138 Federal Pass Katoomba/Leura Na cestě Federal Pass Walking Track - panoramio.jpg
11 3900140 Giant Stairway Katoomba
12 3900152 Orphan Rock Track Katoomba
13 3900153 Prince Henry Cliff Walk Katoomba/Leura
14 3900157 Track from Lilianfels Park to Lady Darleys Lookout Katoomba
15 3900197 O'Sullivan's Road Katoomba
16 3900215 Grand Canyon Track Blackheath
17 3900217 Point Pilcher Track Blackheath/Medlow Bath
18 3900223 Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest Blackheath Blue Gum Forest Blue Sky.jpg
19 3900232 Engineers Track Grose Valley (Darling Causeway to Nepean River)
20 3900241 Bruce's Walk Lawson to Mount Victoria
21 3900247 Six Foot Track Katoomba to Jenolan Caves Six Foot Track Megalong Valley.jpg
22 3900272 Lawsons Long Alley Mount Victoria
23 3900273 Lockyers Road Mount Victoria
24 3900276 Berghofers Pass Mount Victoria
25 3900277 Section of Bells Line of Road Mount Tomah
26 3900282 Kanangra Walls Cattle Track Oberon
27 3900320 Megalong Valley Aboriginal Routes Katoomba
28 3900321 Mount Victoria Escarpment Complex Mount Victoria
29 3900328 Mount York Roads Complex Mount Victoria
30 3900329 Wentworth Falls Complex Wentworth Falls
31 3900330 Cox's Road Complex Faulconbridge to Mount York
32 3900331 Parkes Garden Tracks Complex Faulconbridge
33 3900332 Wolgan Railway Complex Newnes railway which is now a rail trail
34 3900333 Upper Grose Valley Aboriginal Passes - Complex Blackheath
35 3900334 Track to Base of Govetts Leap - Complex Blackheath
36 3900335 Tracks to Ruined Castle - Complex Katoomba
37 3900336 Grose Valley Cliff Edge - Complex Blackheath

Heritage listing[edit]

As at 16 January 2017, the overall complex of Blue Mountains regional walking tracks was of National significance. It is distributed among dozens of individually designed cultural landscapes. These landscapes were planned for recreational purposes, at first by wealthy gentlemen on their private estates and later by community based trusts who administered grants from the NSW Government. There exists a full range of original construction types and track fabric and associated features such as shelter sheds, wells, railings and signage from the 1870s private tracks to the efforts of the Blue Mountains National Park Trust in the 1960s.[1]

The blending of man-made and natural features in track construction was done in ways that reflect the aesthetics, technology and environmental values of the time. Many of the constructed features transcend their purely utilitarian functions and have considerable aesthetic appeal. The solutions of the early trustees and track makers to complex problems of design, particularly drainage issues and the use of stone have significant research value today. Due to the proximity of the reserves to Sydney and the early provision of mass transport links between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, the region's walking tracks have been the most significant facilitators of contact between urban Australians and the natural environment.[1]

The Blue Mountains tourist industry grew largely to service people who desired an engagement with nature on the walking tracks. The tracks have been an important factor in the growth of conservation values in the community. Walkers have left a resource of written records, photographs and memories recording their impressions and emotional and spiritual experiences on the tracks that has historic significance as a record of Australians' changing relationships with nature. These relationships continue to evolve after over 100 years of continuous use of many tracks. People walking the tracks today can enjoy feelings of continuity and empathy with the walkers of the past as they use the same historic structures.[3][1]

Blue Mountains walking tracks was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Blue Mountains Walking tracks". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00980. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  2. ^ Trembath, 2015
  3. ^ Smith: 143

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Blue Mountains Walking Tracks". 2007.
  • Attraction Homepage (2007). "Blue Mountains Walking tracks". Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  • Smith, J. (1999). Walking Track Heritage Study: historical report, heritage assessment & conservation guidelines.
  • Smith, J.; Beaver, D.; Betteridge C. (2006). Conservation Management Plan for the SHR listed Blue Mountains Walking Tracks.
  • Trembath, Murray (2015). 'Royal hosts less visitors'.
  • National Parks & Wildlife Service. National Parks & Wildlife Service Section 170 Register.

Attribution[edit]

CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article was originally based on Blue Mountains Walking tracks, entry number 00980 in the New South Wales State Heritage Register published by the State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage 2018 under CC-BY 4.0 licence, accessed on 2 June 2018.

External links[edit]

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