UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. In 1975 the organisation set up a process concerning the protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Australia has 19 sites of natural and cultural significance including the spectacular Kakadu National Park (listed 1981) and The Sydney Opera house (listed 2007).
In the year 2000 Sydney held the summer Olympic Games and our harbour city was on show to the world. The Blue Mountains region was recognised that very same year with UNESCO listing. Already well known to Sydney-siders (Sydney natives) for many years as the cool climate escape to pure wilderness and welcoming townships, the hosting of the Olympics shone a light on the Blue Mountains located next-door to the 5 million people metropolis as Sydney’s go to day trip or weekend destination.
Eight protected areas make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area which was listed in the year 2000. The size of this region is 1.03 million hectares or 2.4 million acres.
It is hard to fathom just how large that is so you might compare it as roughly half the size of Wales in the UK.
The landscape of the regions is best described as a deeply dissected plateau dominated by temperate eucalypt tree species (the oils of which make the Blue Mountains blue). Criteria for listing of the region include the outstanding and representative examples of genus the Eucalyptus (approximately 91 species) and the diverse plant communities and geological environment that supports 400 vertebrate species (of which 40 are threatened) which breaks down as 52 mammal, 63 reptile, over 30 frog and about one third (265 species) of Australia’s bird species.
The geology and geomorphology of the region, which includes 300 metre cliffs, slot canyons and waterfalls, provides the physical conditions and visual backdrop to support these outstanding biological values.
Understandably the Blue Mountains region is our most booked destination. AEA Luxury Tours offers products to give visitors to Sydney a day or an overnight experience of the region. Whether
that be our small group Wildlife, Deluxe day or Hiking day or you may like to book our Blue Mountains Luxury Charter where you can customise the day according to your desires.
We pride ourselves on our superior itineraries, our luxurious vehicles, the exclusive locations we visit and the high quality of tour guides that give our guests a second-to-none
We welcome you ticking this world heritage listed site of your bucket list with AEA Luxury Tours.