Mount Piddington

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Mount Piddington
Aboriginal: Wirindi[citation needed]
Mount Piddington view.jpg
A view from Mount Piddington, looking southeast
Highest point
Elevation 1,094 m (3,589 ft)
Coordinates 33°36′S 150°15′E / 33.600°S 150.250°E / -33.600; 150.250Coordinates: 33°36′S 150°15′E / 33.600°S 150.250°E / -33.600; 150.250[1]
Geography
Mount Piddington is located in New South Wales
Mount Piddington
Mount Piddington
Location Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Parent range Explorer Range

Mount Piddington (Aboriginal: Wirindi[citation needed]), a mountain in the Explorer Range of the Blue Mountains region, is located south of the village of Mount Victoria in New South Wales, Australia.

The mountain has a lookout, restrooms and a picnic area at its summit, surrounded by a loop road, Mount Piddington Road, which runs from the summit to Mount Victoria village. It is also the starting point of several bushwalking tracks that descend to the cliffs of Hornes Point and the Fairy Bower reserve. Notable sites on the slopes of Mount Piddington include Coxs Leap and Bushranger Cave.

Views of the Kanimbla Valley are possible from the lookout, although trees are present and it is not entirely clear. The mountain is mostly covered in bushland of the Eucalypt variety and adjoins One Tree Hill, the highest point in the Blue Mountains Plateau, though Mount Werong is the overall highest peak of the Great Dividing Range.

History[edit]

Mountt Piddington is named after William Richman Piddington, former colonial treasurer under Henry Parkes, who owned land on the site[2] and "felled many trees on its summit in order that visitors might enjoy the view" some time before April 1871.[3][4]

The land owned by Piddington was bequeathed to the public and named Mount Piddington Reserve.[5] The area covered an area of 200 acres.[6]

In 1885, the government extended the reserve by 68 acres.[7]

In 1897, 7 acres of the reserve were resumed for "railway purposes".[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Piddington". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  2. ^ http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/piddington-william-richman-4398
  3. ^ {"OUR BLUE MOUNTAIN ROAD.". Lithgow Mercury. New South Wales, Australia. 26 June 1912. p. 1. Retrieved 2 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "SCENERY IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS.". Empire (newspaper) (6043). New South Wales, Australia. 28 April 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 2 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.". The Sydney Morning Herald (15,733). New South Wales, Australia. 25 August 1888. p. 7. Retrieved 2 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "COUNTRY NEWS.". The Sydney Morning Herald (18,380). New South Wales, Australia. 11 February 1897. p. 6. Retrieved 2 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "RESERVE FROM SALE FOR PUBLIC RECREATION.". New South Wales Government Gazette (398). New South Wales, Australia. 8 September 1885. p. 5879. Retrieved 2 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "AN EXTRAORDINARY ACCIDENT.". The Sydney Morning Herald (18,384). New South Wales, Australia. 16 February 1897. p. 5. Retrieved 2 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.