Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan is being prepared as part of Councils visitor precinct planning work to provide a strategic, locality based approach to recreation and tourism in natural areas. The Master Plan will form the basis for resourcing and implementing visitor facility upgrades and developments aimed at improving opportunities for nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences.

Significant planning work has been carried out for Knapsack Reserve and Tunnel Gully Reserve, both of which have existing Plans of Management, however there is currently no overarching planning document that covers the Eastern Escarpment.

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan will focus on visitor and recreational facilities within the natural areas, and establish a coherent approach to landscape design and infrastructure development that supports nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences. The Plan will respond to recreation and tourism planning initiatives in the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Guide the future development of recreational infrastructure;
  • Improve recreational and tourism opportunities in the region; and
  • Support the promotion of the sites cultural and nature based recreational opportunities;

The Eastern Escarpment is located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, fringing western Sydney. The site extends from Darks Common in the south, adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, to Knapsack Reserve in the north connecting with Yellomundee Regional Park. The western boundary of the precinct is formed by the residential areas of Glenbrook, Blaxland, Winmalee, Mt Riverview, Yellow Rock, and Hawkesbury Heights, while the eastern boundary is formed by the residential townships of Lapstone Emu Plains, Leonay, Emu Heights and the Nepean River.

The Eastern Escarpment contains a rich diversity of ecological communities, significant historic and cultural heritage sites and a wide range of recreational opportunities. These cultural assets are spread across a large number of public reserves under different land ownership and management. In addition, the existing recreational facilities are aging and require renewal. The Master Plan process will seek to take the opportunity to develop a coordinated approach to public land management to realise the potential of the recreational and tourism opportunities that the site has to offer.

If you are on a mobile connection or limited data, please be aware of the Precinct and District Plan file sizes.

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan is being prepared as part of Councils visitor precinct planning work to provide a strategic, locality based approach to recreation and tourism in natural areas. The Master Plan will form the basis for resourcing and implementing visitor facility upgrades and developments aimed at improving opportunities for nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences.

Significant planning work has been carried out for Knapsack Reserve and Tunnel Gully Reserve, both of which have existing Plans of Management, however there is currently no overarching planning document that covers the Eastern Escarpment.

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan will focus on visitor and recreational facilities within the natural areas, and establish a coherent approach to landscape design and infrastructure development that supports nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences. The Plan will respond to recreation and tourism planning initiatives in the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Guide the future development of recreational infrastructure;
  • Improve recreational and tourism opportunities in the region; and
  • Support the promotion of the sites cultural and nature based recreational opportunities;

The Eastern Escarpment is located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, fringing western Sydney. The site extends from Darks Common in the south, adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, to Knapsack Reserve in the north connecting with Yellomundee Regional Park. The western boundary of the precinct is formed by the residential areas of Glenbrook, Blaxland, Winmalee, Mt Riverview, Yellow Rock, and Hawkesbury Heights, while the eastern boundary is formed by the residential townships of Lapstone Emu Plains, Leonay, Emu Heights and the Nepean River.

The Eastern Escarpment contains a rich diversity of ecological communities, significant historic and cultural heritage sites and a wide range of recreational opportunities. These cultural assets are spread across a large number of public reserves under different land ownership and management. In addition, the existing recreational facilities are aging and require renewal. The Master Plan process will seek to take the opportunity to develop a coordinated approach to public land management to realise the potential of the recreational and tourism opportunities that the site has to offer.

If you are on a mobile connection or limited data, please be aware of the Precinct and District Plan file sizes.

Site User Survey

Blue Mountains City Council is developing a Master Plan for the Eastern Escarpment which will inform future investment and management of the network of natural reserves and the activities that occur within them.

This survey seeks to understand how people currently use the public reserves on the Eastern Escarpment and what they most value about the places they use.

You may also use the interactive map in the Places tab to add more information about what places are important to you. Please refer to the maps in the Document Library which documents the localities included in the Master Plan. 

A second survey will be prepared which will focus on understanding what people think about the project proposals outlined in the Draft Master Plan for the Eastern Escarpment.

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Which reserves or places of interest do you most use (Choose all that apply)
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Which of the following is you preferred reserve or place of interest? (Please select 1 option only)
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What activities do you primarily use the reserves for? (Choose all that apply)
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What is your preferred activity? (Please select 1 option only)
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