Blue Mountains National Park
Australia, Blue Mountains (New South Wales)

The Blue Mountains National Park is the most picturesque part of the Great Drought Range, located in New South Wales, near Sydney, in southeastern Australia. The landscape of the area is very beautiful and peculiar, so mountains 1,190–1360 m high are cut by canyons 300–800 m deep. The Blue Mountains are divided by the Koks River into western limestone with karsts and eastern sandstone parts. The national park was established in 1959 and covers a total area of about 270 thousand hectares. It is a unique reserve in which mainly eucalyptus plants grow, there are about 90 species of them, and tree-like ferns, as well as Wolemi pine, which grows only in this area. The mountains got their name due to the color effect. Many suspensions of essential oils, barks secrete eucalyptus trees, refracted by the sun's rays, create blue-blue hues in the mountains. The wildlife of the Blue Mountains is very rich and diverse. About 400 species of animals are represented here, including a rare tiger koala, a yellow-tailed marsupial flying squirrel and a long-nosed kangaroo mouse, as well as green and golden tree frogs, and only the water lizard and many others. The Great Blue Mountains region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blue Mountains National Park is one of the most visited by tourists. At any time of the year, the mountains fascinate and attract tourists. They come here to enjoy the beauties, breathe in the piercing clean air or simply watch koalas, even at night it is unusually beautiful.

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