The Blue Mountains Local Government Area (LGA) (map) covers 143,000 hectares of land in the Greater Western Sydney Region. Blue Mountains City is the only proclaimed city in the world located in a World Heritage Area.
Seventy percent of the total land area is part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park, with approximately 11 per cent of the total land area in private ownership.
The city is made up of a charming collection of mountain villages, each with its own style and charm.
The Blue Mountains’ economy has competitive strengths across a range of sectors including Tourism, Retail Trade, Health Care and Education and Training. More than 4 million people visit the Blue Mountains annually with tourism generating over $300m per year.
The Blue Mountains has long been recognised as a creative hub. Much of the success of the region as a premier tourism destination is linked to arts and cultural experiences. The Blue Mountains was named the inaugural ‘City of the Arts’ in 1998 and is the only city to boast this moniker within a world heritage area.
Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) is the peak regional economic development organisation for the Blue Mountains. BMEE promotes economic development in the Blue Mountains through advocacy, investment and job creation.