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 2758
Tel: 4567 3000; Restaurant / Kiosk 4567 2574
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9.30am to 5.30pm
Visitors Centre Hours: 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, Weekends and Public Holidays 9.30am to 5pm
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
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
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
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
Contact: Michael Wilson
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Glen Davis Oil Shale Ruins Tour
The Poplars Glen Davis 2846
Tel: 6379 7380
Hours: Tours depart every Saturday at 2pm from the front gates at The Poplars except during daylight savings times when the tour is at 5pm to avoid the heat. Enjoy a historical tour of one of the most significant oil shale ruins in the Southern Hemisphere at Glen Davis. NB: Dress for the weather, and please wear covered shoes.

Hartley Historic Site – NPWS
Hartley Historic Site, Hartley 2790
Farmers Inn , Hartley 2790
Tel: 6355 2117
Hours: 10am-4pm; Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Visitor Services Assistant: Joanne Delesantro
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
43 Tank St, Lithgow NSW 2790
PO Box 516 Lithgow NSW 2790
Tel: 6353 1089 during hours
Hours: 6pm-9pm Tuesday, 11am-4pm Friday, 11am-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
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
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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Small Arms Factory Museum Inc.
69 Methven St, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6351 4452
Hours: 10am to 4pm weekends, school & public holidays; 9.30am-2pm 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
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 2790
11 km east Lithgow PO
Tel: 6355 2955
Unfortunately the Zig Zag Railway is currently closed to passengers.
Since the disastrous October 2013 bush fire swept through the railway, volunteers have been busy repairing and replacing track, buildings, rolling stock and machinery in preparation for our reopening.
To keep up to date with our progress and see more photos.
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Function Facilities

Club Lithgow
2c Lithgow Street
Tel: 6351 3375
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
Specialising in wedding receptions
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Lithgow Golf Club & Function Centre
2 Golf Links Rd, Marrangaroo
Tel: 6351 3164
Catering available or Bring your own caterer T&C’s apply. 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
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
Fully equipped function room

SevaLight Retreat Centre for Self-Realization, Pure Meditation
Healing & Counselling
6 Cartwright Street, Rydal, NSW 2790.
Mobile: 0457 229922 and 0415 543473
Contact Jaiananda or Ricananda
Self-contained or catered accommodation available for up to 30 people


Capertee Valley Helicopters
4675 Castlereagh Highway, Capertee 2846
Tel: 6359 0157
Mobile: 0428 639 825
Specialising in joy flights and charters in the central west

Mt Piper Power Station Tours
350 Boulder Road, Portland 2847
Tel: 6354 8111
Times: Park open daily 9.00am-4.00pm. Expo opens daily from 11am, except Christmas Day.
Tours from 11am available by prior arrangement

Peak Alpacas
Petrolea Hartley Vale
Tel: 6355 2180
Contact Wil King or Jo Delesantro
Hours: Open by appointment

Japanese Bath House
259 Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, Bowenfels 2790
Tel: 6352 3122
Opening hours: 2pm-9pm Friday; 12noon-9pm Saturday; Sunday: 11am to 5pm (for day visit guests)
Bookings essential

Arts, Culture, Food & Wine

Adam’s Shed
Great Western Highway, Hartley
Tel: 6355 2096
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 2790
Tel: 6355 1107
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday- for cheese Tasting and sales
Animal viewing and some spring and summer baby goat patting – September to January
Closed for the month of July
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Kew-y-ahn Aboriginal Gallery
Hartley Historic Site
Tel: 6355 2117
Contact Steve Ring
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 1pm; 1:30pm – 4:20pm

Talisman Gallery
Hartley Historic Village, Great Western Highway, Hartley
Mob: 0407 723 722
Contact Ron Fitzpatrick
Hours:  Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday-Sunday & on public holidays
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  • Black Gold Country Cabins 6355 7305
  • Bowen Inn Motel 6352 5111
  • Bushman’s Motor Inn  6352 1655
  • Commercial Hotel Motel 6351 2312
  • Lithgow Valley Motel  6351 2334
  • Lithgow Workies Club Motel  6350 7777
  • 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
  • Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley 6350 1800
  • Seclusions  6355 6300
  • The Old Postie, Lidsdale 0407 419 180

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 Farm Retreat 6355 2179
  • Brewery Cottage 6353 1677
  • Capertee/Glen Davis Accommodation 9958 3254
  • Commercial Hotel Apartment 6351 2312
  • Glen Davis Works 9958 3254
  • Glenroy Cabins 6355 2186
  • Hartley Historic Cottages 6355 2117
  • Hatters Hideout :6355 2777
  • Jenolan Cabins 6335 6239
  • Jenolan Caves House 1300 763 311
  • Kookawood 0418 105 543
  • Lithgow Apartments 0421 642 699
  • Lithgow Tourist and Van Park  6351 4350
  • Mountain View Escape 0412 108 596
  • Newnes Hotel Cabins  6355 1247
  • Parkside Lodge Motel  6351 2871
  • Royal Hotel Wallerawang Cabins 6355 7023
  • SIAS  6355 1619
  • Sunnybloom Cottages  6351 2478
  • Tarana Hotel Cabins  6337 5841
  • The Railway Station at Rydal  6355 6368
  • The Old Postie, Lidsdale 0407 419 180
  • 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 Valley Motel 6351 2334
  • Royal Hotel Wallerawang 6355 7023
  • Tattersalls Hotel Lithgow 0448 244 318

Caravan Parks & Camping Grounds

  • Baal Bone Gap Camping Ground 6336 6200
  • Black Gold Country Cabins 6355 7305
  • Blue Hills Farm Retreat 6355 2179
  • Coorongooba Camp Ground 6370 9000
  • Deep Pass Camp Ground 6370 9000
  • Dunns Swamp Camp Ground 6370 9000
  • 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


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

Group Accommodation

  • Glen Davis Boutique Hotel 6379 7372
  • Rydal Mount Retreat Centre 6355 6368
  • SevaLight Retreat Centre 0415 543 473