Blue Mountains View West

The prize at the end of 21 days of crossing the Blue Mountains was flat well-watered land ready for farming.

Blue Mountains Crossing Obelisk

Large obelisk laid in 1900 commemorates the crossing.

Two hundred years ago a small troop of men led by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth stood joyously surveying this scene of wide open plains from Mount York, west of Sydney, having found a passage through the Blue Mountains. This land ensured the survival of the fledging Australian colony with excellent farmlands and forests.

Several had tried before but several key elements to their approach saw success. Firstly the men followed the ridge lines rather than the creek beds (all walks in the Blue Mountains today start off the ridge and fall into the valleys below). On one day the three leaders found a path forward on foot marking their way on trees, leaving a small campsite behind. At the end of the day they’d return.

On the following day, the same path was carved through moving the entire campsite including horses. This method persisted for 21 days till they stood gazing at the view above. The return journey took just six days. Impressively, Wentworth was just 21 years old when he undertook the journey.

Blue Mountains Lawson Diary

Lawson’s Diary: “Friday Morning 14th May at Half past Nine oclock- left our Camp and Horses with Two men to guard them and Mr. Blaxland Wentworth and Self proceeded to cut away the brush for our Horses to pass and to Examine the Course of the Mountains- kept on what we judged the main Ridge between the Groce and western River. Cut a Road about five miles through a thick brush this is a very poor Rocky and Sandy Country I ever saw with great quantitys of Honey Suckle growing and the gullys extremely deep. Returned to our Camp at five oclock”

The wonderful journals of all three leaders live in the State Library of NSW and can be read online (Lawson’s diary, Wentworth’s diary)

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the crossing re-enactments and historic talks featured. Two plaques from 1900 and 1913 stand on the sight of this wonderful view (even on an overcast day) – the opening up of Australia.

Credit: Extract of Lawson Diary from State Library of NSW

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