Nature

Blackfellows Hands Reserve
Blackfellows Hands Road 24km north of Lithgow PO off the Wolgan Road to Newnes
Blackfellows Hands Cave was a meeting place for the Aboriginal tribes of the area. The rock overhang features a number of hands and weapons painted onto the cave. The area is a reserve under the control of National Parks and Wildlife

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mt Tomah
Bells Line of Road, Mt Tomah
Tel: 4567 2154
Hours: Open daily 10am – 4pm April to September, 10am – 5pm October to March
Australia’s cool climate botanic garden. Major features of the gardens include the Explorers Walk, Gondwana plants, conifer and rhododendron gardens and the Wollemi Pine, the Jurassic plant found only in Wollemi National Park

Bracey Lookout
Hassans Walls Road, Lithgow (6km South of Lithgow PO)
Bracey lookout provides spectacular views of the Lithgow Valley.  Walk or drive directly to the lookout

Capertee National Park
North of Lithgow, Capertee National park is an outstanding area for animal encounters. It is a breeding ground and/or home for over 230 species of birds. Access is available by obtaining the code from NPWS, Mudgee

Evans Crown Nature Reserve
Evans Crown Nature Reserve, Tarana 32km west Lithgow PO
Tel: 6331 9777
Spectacular granite tors and native vegetation are particular to Evans Crown. The area is also an Aboriginal site. Evans Crown is a reserve under the National Parks and Wildlife Service

Gardens of Stone National Park
North of Lithgow PO
Pagoda rocks are a dominant formation within the park. The Gardens of Stone includes the Capertee Valley, Ben Bullen, Pantoney’s Reserve and parts of the Newnes Plateau. There are no visitor facilities in the park, except for a few fire trails

Glow Worm Tunnel
Glow Worm Tunnel Road Newnes Plateau Wollemi National Park 38km north Lithgow PO
The tunnel was a rail link to the Newnes Oil Shale Mine; the rail lines were dismantled during WWII. Today, the tunnel is home to Glow Worm Flies. The tunnel area offers magnificent views of rock formations, extensive flora and a wide array of native wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies

Hassans Walls Lookout
Hassans Walls Road 3km south Lithgow PO
The highest scenic lookout (1136m) in the Blue Mountains.  The Joseph Cook boardwalk provides magnificent views of the Hartley Valley and Blue Mountains Escarpment

Jenolan Caves
Jenolan Caves Rd Jenolan Caves
Tel: 1300 76 33 11
Email: reception@jenolancaves.org.au
Web: www.jenolancaves.org.au
Hours: 9am to 5pm daily
Explore the wonders of the underworld, with a guided tour through the limestone caves at Jenolan

Lake Lyell Recreation Area
Magpie Hollow Road, South Bowenfels
Tel: 6355 6347 (resident caretaker)
A recreational lake with facilities including BBQ, boat launching ramp, picnic, fishing and camping area and children’s playground. Camping & entrance fees apply. Open daily

Lake Wallace
Barton Avenue, Wallerawang 12km north-west of Lithgow PO
A recreational area, visitors to Lake Wallace can fish, sail or swim.  No powerboats are allowed.  BBQ facilities and a playground are available. Open daily

Marrangaroo National Park
North-west of Lithgow via Rydal or Mt Walker
The park follows Cox’s River between Lake Wallace and Lake Lyell.The peaks in the park reach almost 1200m above sea level where snow gums may be seen. The park is the home of the purple copperwing butterfly that can be seen in the spring. Walk to the top of Mount Walker and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Lithgow area. Open daily

Pearson’s Lookout
Castlereagh Highway, Capertee 30km north Lithgow PO
The Capertee Valley is the largest canyon in the world, wider, but not as deep as the Grand Canyon USA, with more birds per square kilometre than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. The lookout overlooks Pantoney’s Crown

Turon National Park
Castlereagh Highway Capertee 30kms north of Lithgow PO
The open eucalypt forest and river oaks of the historic Turon Valley were once the site of one of the state’s major goldfields

Wollemi National Park
North of Lithgow
Wollemi National Park is the largest wilderness area in NSW. There are many special places to visit including Deep Pass, Glen Davis, the Glow Worm Tunnel, Newnes and the Wolgan Valley

History & Heritage

Blast Furnace Park & Lake Pillans Wetlands
Inch Street, Lithgow
Hours: open daily
In 1906, construction of the Blast Furnace commenced. From 1906 to 1928, it was to become the sole producer of iron in Australia. Today, only the ruins of the site remain.  A walkway extends over the wetlands

Eskbank House & Museum
Cnr Inch & Bennett Street, Lithgow
Tel: 6351 3557
Email: eskbank@lithgow.com
Web: www.eskbank.lithgow.com
Hours: 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. Groups by arrangement
Eskbank House and Museum (1842) tells the story of Lithgow through its buildings and displays. It also hosts exhibitions, workshops and events and is available for hire for weddings, parties and performances

Eskbank Rail Heritage Centre
PO Box 350 Lithgow
Tel: 6352 2513
Email: inquiries@eskbankrailheritage.com.au
Web: www.eskbankrailheritage.com.au
Contact Michael Wilson 0427 455 580
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Friends of Wolgan Valley Wilderness Rail Trail Ltd
PO Box 350 Lithgow
Tel: 6352 2513; 0427 455 580
Email: inquiries@coclimited.com.au
Web: www.coclimited.com.au
Contact: Michael Wilson
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Glen Davis Oil Shale Ruins Tour
The Poplars Glen Davis
Hours: Tours depart every Saturday at 2pm from the front gates at The Poplars
Enjoy a historical tour of one of the most significant oil shale ruins in the Southern Hemisphere at Glen Davis. NB: Appropriate footwear required for the tour – no open toed shoes

Hartley Historic Site – NPWS
Hartley Historic Site, Hartley
Tel: 6355 2117
Email: hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au
Hours: Self-guided  tours 10am – 1pm; 1:30pm – 4:20pm daily
In 1837, a courthouse was constructed on the Great Western Highway and a small village grew up around it. Settlers moved into the village and a number of houses and inns were built

Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc.
Ewen Smith Memorial Hall, cnr Tank and Donald Streets
Tel: 6353 1089 during hours
Email: ldfhs@lisp.com.au
Web: www.lisp.com.au\~ldfhs
Hours: 6pm – 9pm Tuesday, 10am – 4pm Friday, 10am – 4pm first Saturday of the month
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Lithgow State Mine Railway Ltd
State Mine Gully Road (workshop)
Suite 20-22, 184 Mort St (office)
Tel: 6352 2513
Email: mail@stateminerailway.com.au
Web: www.stateminerailway.com.au
Contact Tim Elderton 0429 140 654; Michael Wilson 0427 455 580
Working bees held Saturday of the month
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Mount Victoria Museum
Mount Victoria & District Historical Society Inc.
Mount Victoria Railway Station
Tel: 4782 7866
Email: jeanwinston@iinet.net.au
Web: www.mountvictoriamuseum.info
Contact Jean Winston
Hours: Museum open 12 noon – 3pm. Saturday, Sunday, public and school holidays. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday
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Newnes Oil Shale Ruins, Wollemi National Park
Wolgan Valley. Turn off the Mudgee Road 50km north of Lithgow PO
Tel: 6350 3230
Hours:  Daily. Newnes Kiosk open weekends & public holidays 10:30am – 5pm
Established in 1906, the Newnes Shale Oil Mine produced low-grade oil. Today the ruins of the site are all that remain. The Newnes Hotel still stands today and operates as an information kiosk on weekends
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Portland Development Association
Saville Park, Portland
Tel: 0467 590 648
Email: barbbretherton@bigpond.com
Contact Barbara Bretherton

Small Arms Factory Museum Inc.
69 Methven Street
Tel: 6351 4452
Email: admin@lithgowsafmuseum.org.au
Web: www.lithgowsafmuseum.org.au; www.facebook.com.au/lithgowsafmuseum
Hours: 10am – 4pm weekends, school & public holidays; 9:30am – 2:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday; or by arrangement
Discover the peaks & troughs of Australia’s first high-precision, mass production plant, its workers, & community. A world-class collection of firearms is on display

State Mine Heritage Park & Railway
State Mine Gully Rd
Postal address:  PO Box 617 Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6353 1513
Email: statemin@lisp.com.au
Web: www.statemine.org.au
Hours: 12pm – 4pm weekends, school and public holidays or by arrangement
Located on the site of the Lithgow State Coal Mine. Take an engaging emotional journey into the working lives of the Lithgow region’s miners and their families
Contact: Ray Christison

Zig Zag Railway
Chifley Road, Clarence 11 km east Lithgow PO
Tel: 6355 2955
The Railway is closed for renovations

Function Facilities

Club Lithgow
2c Lithgow Street
Tel: 6351 3375
Email: clublithgow@bigpond.com
Hours: 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday
Club hours: 10am until close.
Conference room can accommodate 25 – 30 people; function room accommodates 215 people. For catering ring 6351 3398
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Glen Davis Boutique Hotel
Canobla Ave, Glen Davis 2846
Tel: 6379 7372
Email: enquiry@glendavis@skymesh.com.au
Web: www.glendavishotel.com.au
Specialising in wedding receptions
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Golf Club & Eskroy Function Centre
Golf Links Rd, Great Western Highway, Marrangaroo
Tel: 6351 3164
Mob: 0456 454 940
Email: lithgowgolfclub@bigpond.com
Web: www.lithgowgolfclub.com.au
Catering available. Seating available for up to 200 guests
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Lithgow Workmen’s Club Ltd
3-7 Tank Street Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6350 7777
Email: info@workies.com.au
Web: www.workies.com.au
There are 5 conference rooms catering for groups from15 to 200. Catering available
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Portland RSL Sport Recreation Club Ltd
10 Wolgan Street Portland 2847
Tel: 6355 5203
Email: portlandrsl@bigpond.com
Web: www.portlandnsw.com
Fully equipped function room

Rydal Mount Retreat Centre
6 Cartwright St Rydal 2790
Tel: 6355 6368
Mob: 0415 543 473
Email: info@selfrealizationcentres.org.au
Web: www.selfrealizationcentres.org.au
Contact Jaiananda or Ricananda
Self-contained or catered accommodation available for up to 30 people

Attractions

Capertee Valley Helicopters
4675 Castlereagh Highway, Capertee 2846
Tel: 6359 0157
Mobile: 0428 639 825
Email: thelillys@harboursat.com.au
Specialising in joy flights and charters in the central west

Mt Piper Power Station Tours
350 Boulder Road, Portland
Tel: 6354 8111
Web: www.energyaustralia.com.au
Times: Park open daily 9am – 4pm. Expo open daily 9am-4pm except Christmas Day. Tours available by prior arrangement

Peak Alpacas
Petrolea Hartley Vale
Tel: 6355 2180
Email: peakalpacas@activ8.net.au
Contact Wil King or Jo Delesantro
Hours: Open by appointment

Japanese Bath House
259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, Bowenfels
Tel: 6352 3122
Email: bluemtsparadise@bigpond.com
Web: www.japanesebathhouse.com.au
Hours: 2pm – 9pm Friday; 12noon – 9pm Saturday; 11am – 5pm Sunday (day visit)
11am – 8pm (in-house guest)

Arts, Culture, Food & Wine

Adam’s Shed
Great Western Highway, Hartley
Tel: 6355 2096
Email: adamsshed@bigpond.com
Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday; 9am – 1pm Saturday; closed Sunday
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Captured Craft
Lithgow Correctional Centre, Great Western Highway
Tel: 6350 2222
Hours: 9am – 5pm weekends and public holidays

Jannei Goat Dairy
11 View Street, Lidsdale
Tel: 6355 1107
Email: info@jannei.com
Web: www.jannei.com
Hours:  May to August cellar door open Mondays only ring for an appointment at other times
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Kew-y-ahn Aboriginal Gallery
Hartley Historic Site
Tel: 6355 2117
Email: hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au
Contact Steve Ring
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 1pm; 1:30pm – 4:20pm

The Longwall Gallery
Lithgow Workmen’s Club Ltd
3-7 Tank Street Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6350 7777
Email: info@workies.com.au
Web: www.workies.com.au
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Sweetbriar House Craft Cooperative
Great Western Highway, South Bowenfels
Tel: 6352 3541
Email: sweetbriarcraft@yahoo.com.au
Hours: 10am – 4pm 7 days
Contact Audrey Staines
Volunteers & new members always welcome
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Newnes Kiosk
Wolgan Road, Newnes
Tel: 6355 7355
Email: newnes@tpg.com.au
Web: www.newnes.info
Contact Allan Watson
Hours: Open weekends & public holidays 10:30am – 5pm

Talisman Gallery
Hartley Historic Village, Great Western Highway, Hartley
Mob: 0407 723 722
Email: ron@talismangallery.com.au
Web: www.talismangallery.com.au
Contact Ron Fitzpatrick
Hours:  Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday-Sunday & on public holidays
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ZigZag Brewery
Brewery Lane
Tel: 6353 1677
Email: info@zigzagbrewery.com.au
Web: www.zigzagbrewery.com.au
Hours: 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday

Accommodation

Motels

  • Black Gold Country Cabins 6355 7305
  • Bowen Inn Motel 6352 5111
  • Colonial Motor Inn  6352 1655
  • Lithgow Valley Motel  6351 2334
  • Lithgow Workies Club Motel  6350 7777 www.workies.com.au
  • Parkside Lodge Motel  6351 2871
  • Zig Zag Motel  6352 2477

Luxury Suites, Cabins & Health Resorts

  • Blue Mountains Japanese Bathhouse  6352 3122
  • Eagle View Escape 6355 6311
  • Seclusions  6355 6300
  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Self-Contained Cottages and Cabins

  • 52 On Mort  0421 642 699
  • Apartments on Main  0421 642 699
  • Apartments on Padley 0427 264 854
  • Black Gold Country Cabins 6355 7305
  • Blue Hills 6355 2179
  • Brewery Cottage 6353 1677
  • Capertee/Glen Davis Accommodation 9958 3254
  • Commercial Hotel Apartment 6351 2312
  • Flat 5 6352 5335
  • Glen Davis Works 9958 3254
  • Glenroy Cabins 6355 2186
  • Hatters Hideout :6355 2777
  • Lithgow Apartments 0421 642 699
  • Lithgow Short Stay 6352 1260
  • Lithgow Tourist and Van Park  6351 4350
  • Mountain View Escape 0412 108 596
  • Newnes Hotel Cabins  6355 1247
  • Parkside Cottage  6351 2871
  • Royal Hotel Cabins 6355 7023
  • SIAS  6355 1619
  • Sunnybloom Cottages  6351 2478
  • The Railway Station at Rydal  6355 6368
  • Tarana Hotel Cabins  6337 5841
  • Wombat Hilltop Cottages  6358 8211

Bed & Breakfasts

  • Comet Inn  6355 2247
  • Lansallos B&B  6379 7767

Hotels & Hotel/Motels

  • Alexander Hotel/Motel Rydal 6355 6208
  • Commercial Hotel  Lithgow 6351 2312
  • Commercial Hotel/Motel Wallerawang 6355 1089
  • Coronation Hotel Portland  6355 5307
  • Court House Hotel Lithgow 6351 3234
  • Hampton Halfway House  6359 3302
  • Lansdowne Hotel  Lithgow 6351 3045
  • Lithgow Hotel Lithgow 6351 3379
  • Lithgow Valley Motel 6351 2334
  • Royal Hotel Wallerawang 6355 7023
  • Tattersalls Hotel Lithgow 6351 3387

Caravan Parks & Camping Grounds

  • Baal Bone Gap Camping Ground 4787 8877
  • Black Gold Country Cabins 6355 7305
  • Blue Hills Farm Retreat 6355 2179
  • Coorongooba Camp Ground 4787 8877
  • Deep Pass Camp Ground 4787 8877
  • Dunns Swamp Camp Ground 4787 8877
  • The Diggings &  Woolshed Flat Campgrounds 4787 8877
  • Flat Rock Camp Ground 1300 760 276
  • Glen Davis Camp Ground 1300 760 276
  • Glenroy Camp Ground  6355 2186
  • Lake Lyell Recreation Area  6355 6347
  • Lithgow Tourist and Van Park  6351 4350
  • Lockyers Head Track Camp Ground 1300 760 276
  • Marys Park 1300 760 276
  • Newnes Camp Ground 4787 8877
  • Sunny Corner Campground 1300 760 276
  • Sunny Corner Arboretum 1300 760 276

Farmstay

  • Blue Hills Farm Stay Retreat  6355 2179
  • Brook Cottage  0429 482 933

Group Accommodation

  • Rydal Mount Retreat Centre6355 6368
  • Glen Davis Boutique Hotel 6379 7372