Blue Mountains Wildlife
The Greater Blue Mountains Area was inscribed on the World Heritage list on 29 November 2000.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area is over 1 million hectares containing:
- Sandstone plateau
- Escarpments and gorges
- Temperate Eucalypt forest
- 10% of the vascular flora
- Large numbers of rare or threatened species (e.g. The Wollemi pine)
- 96 species of eucalypts
- More than 400 animal species such as:
- Spotted-tailed quoll
- Yellow-bellied glider
- Long-nosed potoroo
- Green and golden bell frog
- Blue Mountains water skink
Kangaroos are often spotted at dawn and dusk eating the grass. Close to Sydney, in lower parts of the Blue Mountains, we can see wild kangaroos at Euroka Clearing. In upper parts, good spot is Megalong Valleyof the mountains.
In many areas of the Blue Mountains we can spot wallabies, smaller than a kangaroo. Their body frame is narrower and feet is adopted to sloppy areas.
Megalong Valley, areas around Jenolan Caves and Oberon are full of wildlife, including kangaroos.
Macropods (Big Foot) you might spot in the Blue Mountains:
- Eastern Grey Kangaroos – can grow up to 1.8m tall. Kangaroos are herbivores and graze on shrubs and grass
- Common Wallaroo – more common on steep slopes as their rough-soled feet grips well the rocks. The male wallaroo can also grow to 2m tall.
- Swamp Wallaby – a smaller in size standing about 80cm tall, recognised by dark brown fur down its back and a tan belly and chest.
- Red-necked Wallaby – even smaller than the swamp wallaby, they can be recognised by their white cheek markings and red colouring on the neck.
Koalas are a threatened species and are vulnerable to extinction across Australia (some predict by 2050 there will be no koalas in the wild, only in National Parks). The loss of the habitat being the main factor.
The biggest population of wild koala around Sydney is near Georges River. The Blue Mountains does not have significant populations of koala, so there is very little chance of seeing one in the wild.
Over the last few years koalas have been spotted in parts of the Blue Mountains where they have not been seen for decades. In 2013 after bushfires in the Blue Mountains 3 koalas were found in Springwood, lower Blue Mountains and a koala was spotted in Wentworth Falls. This was the first record of a sighting in the upper mountains since the 1940s