Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail
Explore Blue Mountains History with a Creative Twist
When Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson became the first three explorers to successfully cross the Blue Mountains in 1813, they forged the trail over the mountains and valleys of this land from the Cumberland Plains to Mt Blaxland. Once considered an impassable barrier, today this territory is known as the World Heritage Greater Blue Mountains region and is famous for the dramatic, spectacular scenery in the National Parks and for the ability to attract visitors from all over the world. The Hawkesbury region also plays a big part in the history of the area. George William Evans, the surveyor; William Cox Esq, Road Builder; and Mr Cox’s “team” (as he referred to the convict workers) all came from the Hawkesbury. The combined areas are a rich source of historical archives, images and stories of some of the pioneers of our nation, from the early days of the Colony, both European and Aboriginal.
An initiative of Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations (BMACHO), the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail (GBMHT) offers historically minded visitors the opportunity to explore these important resources, as well as the spectacular scenery, through the historical societies, family history societies, historical buildings, museums, galleries, historic gardens and historic businesses that appear along the trail. It is an opportunity for local businesses and smaller volunteer-run organisations alike to showcase their rich and unique heritage.
The organisations and businesses on the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail offer unique events all of which we promote on our GBMHT website: heritagedrive.com.au and our GBMHT Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GBMHeritageTrail .
Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to explore the unique heritage resources on offer and to get creative and share their experiences and discoveries through photos. Enjoy the world famous scenery, learn about some of the hidden gems along the way, including the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens at Blackheath or stop for something to eat at one of the historic restaurants or cafes. Come for the day or stay for the weekend at one the historic cottages, guesthouses or hotels rich with unique cultural and historical significance. Explore the rich and fascinating history of this region with the locals, who know it best.
The trail encompasses businesses from Emu Plains to Lithgow along the Great Western Highway, and then from Lithgow to Windsor down the Bells Line of Road.
Pick up a copy of the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail brochure with map, available at participating businesses and Visitor Information Centres from Parramatta to Orange and Hawkesbury to Wollondilly.
For further information, please visit heritagedrive.com.auor follow us on our Facebook page