Blue Mountains Low Carbon Tourism

Building Sustainable Communities

Blue Mountains Low Carbon Tourism aims to:


  • develop and promote authentic low carbon tourism experience that distinguishes the Greater Blue Mountains as a low carbon tourism destination
  • support the Blue Mountains tourism sector to improve its environmental performance and reduce its carbon footprint.

Upper Blue Mountains tourism businesses are being encouraged to lower their carbon rating to save costs and attract a market niche of environmentally aware visitors.  Blue Mountains visitors will be encouraged, through rewards, to reduce their carbon footprint by selecting lower carbon tourist services listed on the SmartPhone friendly Low Carbon web link.  The web link will initially be targeted to enhance the visitor experience on the Grand Cliff Top Walks that will link the six Upper Mountains villages of Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath, Blackheath and Mt Victoria.

The project will bring trained environment and sustainability auditors to conduct, over time, a series of reviews of local tourism businesses to:

  • determine their current environmental performance;
  • jointly develop an achievable action plan; and
  • assist in tracking progress toward the business’ goals.

The reviews will identify existing procedures, and establish opportunities to improve environmental performance, resource efficiency, and reduced carbon equivalent impacts. This will reduce environmental impact and operating costs associated with water, energy and waste.

Low Carbon Tourism is being piloted in the Upper Blue Mountains area with the longer-term aim to expand it to the Greater Blue Mountains National Landscape of over 1million hectares.