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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.
Location Blue Mountains National Park, City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Built 1880–
Owner NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Official name: Blue Mountains Walking tracks
Type State heritage (complex / group)
Designated 2 April 1999
Reference no. 980
Type Trail/Track
Category Transport - Land

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.

History

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.

Description

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.

Tab No. SHI No. Item name Location Image
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 3900010 Causeway to Red Hands Cave Glenbrook
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 3900033 Grotto Tracks Springwood
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 3900043 Florabella Pass Warrimoo and Blaxland
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 3900048 Kings Cave Track Linden
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 3900088 Princes Rock Track Wentworth Falls
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 3900099 Den Fenella Track Wentworth Falls
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 3900112 Jamison Creek Corridor/Darwins Walk Wentworth Falls
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 3900115 Valley of the Waters Track Wentworth Falls
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 3900120 National Pass Wentworth Falls
&&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 3900138 Federal Pass Katoomba/Leura Na cestě Federal Pass Walking Track - panoramio.jpg
&&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 3900140 Giant Stairway Katoomba
&&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 3900152 Orphan Rock Track [closed] Katoomba
&&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 3900153 Prince Henry Cliff Walk Katoomba/Leura
&&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 3900157 Track from Lilianfels Park to Lady Darleys Lookout Katoomba
&&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 3900197 O'Sullivan's Road Katoomba
&&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 3900215 Grand Canyon Track Blackheath
&&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 3900217 Point Pilcher Track Blackheath/Medlow Bath
&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 3900223 Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest Blackheath Blue Gum Forest Blue Sky.jpg
&&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 3900232 Engineers Track Grose Valley (Darling Causeway to Nepean River)
&&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 3900241 Bruce's Walk Lawson to Mount Victoria
&&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 3900247 Six Foot Track Katoomba to Jenolan Caves Six Foot Track Megalong Valley.jpg
&&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 3900272 Lawsons Long Alley Mount Victoria
&&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 3900273 Lockyers Road Mount Victoria
&&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 3900276 Berghofers Pass Mount Victoria
&&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 3900277 Section of Bells Line of Road Mount Tomah
&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 3900282 Kanangra Walls Cattle Track Oberon
&&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 3900320 Megalong Valley Aboriginal Routes Katoomba
&&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 3900321 Mount Victoria Escarpment Complex Mount Victoria
&&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 3900328 Mount York Roads Complex Mount Victoria
&&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 3900329 Wentworth Falls Complex Wentworth Falls
&&&&&&&&&&&&&031.&&&&&031 3900330 Cox's Road Complex Faulconbridge to Mount York
&&&&&&&&&&&&&032.&&&&&032 3900331 Parkes Garden Tracks Complex Faulconbridge
&&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 3900332 Wolgan Railway Complex Newnes railway which is now a rail trail
&&&&&&&&&&&&&034.&&&&&034 3900333 Upper Grose Valley Aboriginal Passes - Complex Blackheath
&&&&&&&&&&&&&035.&&&&&035 3900334 Track to Base of Govetts Leap - Complex Blackheath
&&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036 3900335 Tracks to Ruined Castle - Complex Katoomba
&&&&&&&&&&&&&037.&&&&&037 3900336 Grose Valley Cliff Edge - Complex Blackheath

Heritage listing

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.

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.

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.

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

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