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Lithgow - Cities, Towns and Localities
The City of Lithgow is 140 km west of Sydney, on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. With an altitude of 900 metres, it enjoys warm summer days and occasional snowfalls in winter.

Zig Zag Railway near Lithgow
 

The Lithgow region is located on the traditional lands of the Dharruk, Gundungurra, and Wiradjuri Nations.

Check out some of the attractions and events listed. Other nearby attractions include the Glow Worm Tunnel within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, Jenolan Caves, Lake Lyell, Lake Wallace, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, and Zig Zag Railway.

Check out our listing of Lithgow accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Lithgow Visitor Information Centre
Great Western Highway
LITHGOW NSW 2790
Ph: 1300 760 276
Ph: 02 6350 3230
Fax: 02 6350 3239
Email
Web: www.tourism.lithgow.com

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Lithgow Attractions

Glow Worm Tunnel
Located within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, the Glow Worm Tunnel area offers magnificent views of pagoda rock formations, flora and fauna that include the glow worms. The walking track to the Glow Worm Tunnel follows the old Newnes railway line, which once descended into the Newnes Valley, and was used to transport oil shale.

A torch is required for the tunnel, however, do not shine the light on the glow worms as they are sensitive to light and also to noise. Once in the tunnel, turn the torch off to view the spectacle of thousands of glow worms. You may also see some bats that also inhabit the tunnel.
Lake Wallace and Lake Lyell
• Lake Wallace and Lake Lyell were built to supply cooling water for the Wallerawang Power Station. The lakes also offer some exceptional recreation activities. At Lake Wallace there is trout fishing and sailing. Birdlife is abundant, in particular the black swans and white-faced herons. Lake Lyell is popular with locals and tourists although due to prolonged drought, it has been closed by Lithgow Council to speed-boating since July 2006. On shore fishing, camping and paddle boating are still permitted. The lake was also closed in 2004 because of drought.

Source: Delta Electricity - Wallerawang


Lithgow Small Arms Museum Inc
• Methven St, LITHGOW NSW 2790 • Ph: 02 6351 4452 • Fax: 02 6351 4511 • Email
• One of Australia's most comprehensive collections of small arms from around the world. Many experimental, prototype and pre-production weapons are on display.
State Mine Heritage Park and Railway
• State Mine Gully Rd (off Atkinson St), LITHGOW NSW 2790
• Ph: 02 6353 1513 • Fax: 02 6353 1185 • Email
• Step back in time to Lithgow's early days and relive the events of this historical site. In 1976 the old Mine Site was purchased by Austen & Butta Collieries. Three years later it was decided to establish a mining museum. In 1990, the owner formally handed over the site to the City of Greater Lithgow. Mr Dick Austen presented the land to Council for $1.00. His partner, Mr Angelo Butta donated the dollar. Restoration work has been progressing ever since.
The Tea Shack
• Lot 3 Sir Thomas Mitchell Dr, SOUTH BOWENFELS NSW 2790 • Ph: 02 6352 3122
• Situated just before Lithgow and only 30 minutes from Katoomba is the Heavenly Gardens, where you will find The Tea Shack. Browse through the many furnishings and artifacts from China's past. With views overlooking Lake Lyell, enjoy the food and tea experience with over 70 different teas to choose from. There is a playground for children, with Bill Kart rides for both children and adults.
Zig Zag Railway
• Ph: 02 6355 2955 • Fax: 02 6355 2954 • Ph: 02 6351 4826 (Recorded timetable enquiries) • Email
• Constructed between 1866 and 1869, and acclaimed as a major engineering achievement of its time, the railway was constructed to enable produce to be taken to Sydney from the farming regions beyond the Blue Mountains and to develop the coal and iron ore deposits found in the Lithgow Valley.

The railway lies on the western side of the Blue Mountains and runs between Clarence Station at the highest point and Bottom Points Station at the lowest point. Today, visitors can relive the thrill of the ride with a journey through two tunnels, over three magnificent sandstone viaducts and stops at scenic lookouts. Steam trains run on the weekends, public holidays and school holidays. On other days, the train ride is on a vintage rail motor.
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Lithgow Events

• New South Wales Events
Ironfest • Mastery and Mystery
• Ph: 02 6353 1859
• April (ANZAC weekend)
• Celebrates the regions through its past and current association in metals. There are blacksmiths demonstrating their skills, workshops, artisans, from sculptors, painters and jewellers, shows, and much more.
 
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