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