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Crossing the Blue Mountains

The traditional custodians of the Blue Mountains are the Gundungurra people. Although the native people knew routes across the mountains, finding a crossing presented a great challenge to the early settlers. Credit for the first crossing by settlers is generally given to Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth.

Panorama of Blue Mountains scenery at Leura, 1903 / by Melvin Vaniman

Historypin | Collection - Across the Blue Mountains

The Crossing Bicentenary | History Council of New South Wales

William Charles Wentworth - Journal of an expedition across the Blue Mountains, 11 May - 6 June 1813 from the collection of the State Library of NSW. To read the journal online see

Wentworth's journal | State Library of New South Wales

Detail from The Blue Mountains Pioneers, Sydney Mail, Christmas Supplement, 1880 Engraving. DL X8/1-3 from the collection of the State Library of NSW