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.
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.
|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.
Electricity - Wallerawang
Arms Museum Inc
Methven St, LITHGOW NSW 2790
Ph: 02 6351 4452
Fax: 02 6351 4511
One of Australia's most comprehensive collections of small arms
from around the world. Many experimental, prototype and
pre-production weapons are on display.
Heritage Park and Railway
State Mine Gully Rd (off Atkinson
St), LITHGOW NSW 2790
Ph: 02 6353 1513 Fax: 02 6353 1185
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
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)
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.
New South Wales Events
Mastery and Mystery
Ph: 02 6353 1859
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.