Community Recovery

NSW Community Recovery Officer Program 
NSW Government – Resilience NSW 
Tel: (02) 9212 9200
For more information contact
Lithgow Area
Contact: Rachel Nicoll
Community Recovery Officers are working to support bushfire-affected communities in their recovery journey. NSW Community Recovery Officers are working in 22 bushfire-affected local government areas in NSW to support communities throughout their recovery journey. The officers are imbedded in councils and are responsible for the development of a range of recovery initiatives alongside community groups and stakeholders. Community Recovery Officers ensure community recovery needs are understood and that recovery information, events and activities can be tailored to meet local needs. 

Community Recovery Officers are working with councils to:

  • Connect community organisations that are assisting with recovery
  • Support local coordination between public, private, and community sector bodie
  • Facilitate community recovery events
  • Facilitate access to recovery information
  • Undertake recovery planning and actions based on local context and needs

Environmentally Friendly Reusable Bags

Boomerang Bags Lithgow
LINC Building Hall
1 Padley St. Lithgow 2790
Mobile: 0424 552 849
Contact: Carol Stevens
Meetings: Every Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm
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Boomerang Bags is a group of local volunteers who use upcycled and donated materials to make reusable shopping bags. New members welcome, sewing skill not essential.



An Ombudsman is a person who can investigate and resolve disputes between people & government. This is a free service.

Australian Financial Complaints Authority
Tel: 1800 931 678
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm AEST/AEDT weekdays
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Commonwealth Ombudsman
Tel: 1300 362 072
Hours: 10.30am – 3pm Monday-Friday except public holidays.

Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON)
Tel: 1800 246 545
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm excluding public holidays.
The Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) provides a free, fair and independent dispute resolution scheme for consumers and small business who are experiencing difficulties with their electricity and gas customers in NSW, and some water customers.
EWON can investigate a wide range of complaints, including:

  • disputed accounts, high bills and contracts
  • debts, arrears and payment plans
  • disconnection or restriction of supply
  • actions of a provider that affect your property
  • reliability and quality of supply
  • marketing practices and transfer issues
  • poor customer service
  • concealed leaks …….to name a few

EWON can also assist community organisations with speakers, consumer articles and resources for events.
Please do not hesitate to contact

Fair Work Ombudsman
Tel: 13 13 94
Hours: 8am-5.30 pm Monday-Friday except public holidays.

Ombudsman New South Wales
Tel: 1800 451 524
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday except public holidays.

Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
Tel: 1300 362 072
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday except public holidays.

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
Tel: 1800 062 058
Hours: 9:00am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Aged Care Providers

Assisted Living Options
Tailoring individualised services to meet your NDIS Goals
Office Hours 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
(other times by appointment)
Phone: (0437) 924 490

Australian Unity Home Care & Disability Services
Shop 6, 4 Valley Drive, Lithgow 2790
Contact:  Leona MacDonald and Lisa Hanby
Tel: 1300 295 813

Catholic Healthcare – Community Service
51 Gorman’s Hill Road, Bathurst 2795
Tel: 6323 1650
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Hammond Care
1/98 Bentinck Street, Bathurst 2795
PO Box 1185, Bathurst 2795
Tel: 1800 826 166
Contact Client Liaison Manager
Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Approved provider of Home Care Packages. Approved provider of CHSP in home flexible respite. Provider of private service.

New Horizons
369 Stewart St, Bathurst 2795
Tel: 6338 2345
New Horizons is an approved provider for home care package services and can tailor your package to suit your needs.

Southern Cross Care NSW/ACT
Tel: 1800 915 850
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Uniting Carinya Orange
70 Prince St, Orange 2800
Tel: 1800 864 846 Customer Service Enquiry Line

Jodie Stewart CEO Uniting Care Lithgow
94 Main Street Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6351 4887
Office hours: 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday
Respite, Social Support, Overnight Respite House subject to funding, social support groups, in-home assistance with housework, assistance to access the community.


Bathurst Buslines
Postal Address: PO Box 26 Bathurst 2795
Tel: 6331 2744
Office Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

LINC Bus for Hire
1 Padley Street, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 2077
Fax: 6353 1826
Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
LINC has a wheelchair accessible mini-bus with a capacity for 12 people including the driver. The bus is available for hire by other community groups with priority given to those providing services to older people & people with disabilities.
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Lithgow Buslines
Postal Address: PO Box 319 Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 3888
Office Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Lithgow Community Transport Inc.
1/31 Railway Pde
Tel: 6352 2146
Hours: 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday
Contact Office Manager

Lithgow Railway Station
Tel: 6354 9507

Lithgow Taxis
PO Box 73 Lithgow NSW 2790
Tel: 6351 3305

LiveBetter Lithgow Community Transport
1 Ordnance Avenue, Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6352 2146
Contact: Blake Bender

NSW Trainlink Rail & Coach
Tel: Information & bookings 13 22 32
Hours: 6:30am – 10pm, 7 days
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Sydney Trains Information Line
Tel: 131 500

Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme
Tel: 13 1500
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday


Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mt Tomah
Bells Line of Road, Mt Tomah 2758
Tel: 4567 3000; Restaurant / Kiosk 4567 2574
Hours: 9am – 5pm 7 days a week.
Visitors Centre opens from 9.30am – 5pm daily.
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)
Recently revamped Bracey Lookout gives a 180 degree view of the Lithgow Valley.
The lookout gives panoramic views of Blast Furnace Park area and the rolling hills that surround Lithgow.

Capertee National Park
North of Lithgow, Capertee National park is an outstanding area for animal encounters.
For a unique wilderness holiday, head to Capertee National Park, Located west of the Blue Mountains. Capertee protects a range of wildlife and plants found nowhere else on earth. Independent campers and adventurous families enjoy walking and mountain hiking through this unique region.

Evans Crown Nature Reserve
Evans Crown Nature Reserve, Honeysuckle Falls Road, Tarana 2787
32km west Lithgow PO
Tel: (02) 6336 6200 NPWS Oberon Office
Evans Crown is located 3km south East of the village of Tarana. Access is from Honeysuckle Falls Road off the Lithgow, Tarana, Sodwalls Road. There is an information board at the start of the walking track.
The reserve comprises 425 hectares with spectacular granite formations. The summit at Crown Rock is 1104 metres above sea level. Evans Crown is a nature reserve because of its outstanding geomorphology, but it also conserves a range of native fauna. As a nature reserve the plants and animals are regarded as the most important aspect. This means that recreational uses are only permitted if they don’t compromise the area’s vast natural resources.

Gardens of Stone National Park
North of Lithgow PO.
Be inspired by the dramatic landscape at Gardens of Stone. This World Heritage area features stunning rock pagodas, sandstone cliffs, canyons and breathtaking scenic views. The extraordinary rock shapes, the stunning scenic views over the valleys and the mesa of Pantoneys Crown make this area of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area a must for photographers. There’s plenty to see while enjoying a leisurely walk. Along the way, you can admire rare yellow pagoda daisies bursting from the rocks, blue tongue lizards, and wood geckos basking on the warm stone. You may even be lucky enough to spot a koala in the east of the park,

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
Hassans Walls Lookout is the highest scenic lookout in the Blue Mountains at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level. Look out to Mount Wilson, Mount York, Mount Tarana and Mount Blaxland and the whole Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong Valleys and Mount Bindo (1,363 metres).

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
578 Magpie Hollow Road, South Bowenfels 2790
Tel: 6355 6347 (resident caretaker)
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 6pm
A recreational lake with facilities including Kiosk, boat ramp, amenities block with hot showers, toilets and disabled toilet, covered BBQ areas, kayak hire, picnic benches, children’s playground, designated swimming area, powered or non- powered campsites suitable for vans, tents, camper trailers, caravans and motor homes. 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

Maiyingu Maaragu – Blackfellows Hands Reserve
Maiyingu Maaragu – Blackfellows Hands Road 24km north of Lithgow PO off the Wolgan Road to Newnes.
Maiyingu Maaragu – 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 Service.

Marrangaroo National Park
North-west of Lithgow via Rydal or Mt Walker
The park follows Cox’s River between Lake Wallace and Lake Lyell, with deep waterholes and shady trees. 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.
Camp along the banks of the Cox’s River in one of the many small campsites such as Marrangaroo campground. Enjoy swimming or relaxing while platypus spotting on the river banks. One of the best ways to see the park is on a mountain bike. Walk to the top of Mount Walker and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Lithgow area. Fishing is possible along the banks of the Cox’s River. Flat-water canoeing in Lake Lyell is possible at all times.

Pearson’s Lookout
Castlereagh Highway, Capertee 2846
30km north Lithgow PO
Pearson’s Lookout, just south of the village of Capertee affords one of the best views of the majestic Capertee Valley below. There are 180 degree views of the Valley with Pantoney’s Crown dominating the ground below. View the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Park to the south and up towards Kandos and Rylstone in the North. The Capertee Valley is the second largest enclosed canyon in the world and to get a bird’s eye view there is no better or more easily accessible place than Pearson’s Lookout.

Turon National Park
Castlereagh Highway Capertee 2846
30kms north of Lithgow PO
Turon National Park is great for remote bushwalking and camping, trout fishing, birdwatching, swimming, mountain biking or canoeing on the gorgeously crystal clear stream that is Turon River. You’ll also encounter plenty of interesting birds and animals, such as powerful owls hooting away at night and red wallabies sunning themselves on the sandstone tops during the daytime before descending to the valley at dusk.

Wollemi National Park
North of Lithgow
Wollemi National Park is the largest wilderness area in NSW.
Vast areas of Wollemi National Park are covered by wilderness: pristine, rugged landscapes that remain basically unchanged by modern human activity. The park encompasses and protects pagoda rock formations, basalt capped mountains, deep gorges and winding river valleys, canyons, hanging swamps, waterfalls and sandstone escarpments. It was here that the ancient Wollemi pine was discovered in 1994, in a hidden rainforest gorge.

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 Bennet and Inch Streets Lithgow 2790
Tel: 6351 3557
Built c.1841, this historic estate is now a vibrant cultural centre that illuminates the region’s past and celebrates the present through collections and programs that highlight the heritage, people and events that shaped the region.
Once owned by important Industrialists Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins brothers, the estate was opened as a public museum in 1966. Today, visitors can relax in the gardens, explore the largest collection of Lithgow Pottery, and discover local history with a tour guide.
Open Wed to Sun 10am – 4pm
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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
51 Old Great Western Highway
Farmers Inn, Hartley 2790
Tel: 6355 2117
Hours: 10am-4pm; Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Visitor Services Assistant: Joanne Delesantro, Jessica Van Der Kley
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.
The courthouse still stands as an Historic Site and is open for self guided and group tours

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: Please check our Website for opening Hours
Discover the history 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
3A State Mine Gully Rd, Lithgow 2790
Postal address: PO Box 617 Lithgow 2790
Hours: 12 noon-4.00pm weekends, 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: Secretary, The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc

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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