Highest in the Blue Mountains
Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire to Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valleys and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.
Lithgow has numerous fine public and private buildings that reflect the town's significant role in the shaping of Australian commerce and industry in the 1880s. Learn more about Lithgow's heritage on one of various tours on offer. Explore Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park and Railway, fish at Lake Wallace and visit historic Esbank House Museum. Neighbouring Hartley also provides a taste of colonial Australia, with historic sites and heritage buildings.
Don't miss the spectacular Glow Worm Tunnel at Newnes Plateau near Lithgow. Located within the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park, the area offers magnificent views of pagoda rock formations, extensive flora and native wildlife including glow worms, kangaroos and wallabies. Walk into the tunnel following the disused railway line that once descended into the Newnes Valley and transported oil shale. Make sure you take a torch with you to see the thousands of glow worms that inhabit the tunnel.
Lithgow is a popular tourist destination - attracting both international travellers and also locals who want a change of pace from life in a the city. It's only about a two hour drive from the centre of Sydney, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a few days surrounded by tranquillity and natural beauty.
One of the great things about the Blue Mountains region is that it caters to all kinds of travellers - from those who love getting out and about in the great outdoors, to people whose idea of heaven includes enjoying a gourmet meal before cuddling up in front of a fireplace.
Adventure lovers have plenty of activities to choose from in and around the Lithgow area, including rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning and kayaking. Plus there are a number of walking trails to choose from.
And if you're taking the kids on holiday, Lithgow is a great option. There are many quality accommodation options to choose from, and some even allow you to bring your pets. Why not rent out a house for a weekend and spend some time with the ones you love, surrounded by bushland?
Due to its scenic beauty, Lithgow is a popular place for weddings and honeymoons. Replete with world-class guesthouses and cottages, the Blue Mountains area provides a romantic sanctuary from the rest of the world.
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Monday 19 May
Blue Mountains Taekwondo Championships
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Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon
2014 Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Running
Entrance to the glow worm tunnel, near Lithgow, Blue Mountains. Image Ian-Ritchie
Hassans Walls Lookout Blue Mountains, Image Lithgow Tourism
Learn about Lithgow\u2019s heritage with a visit to Eskbank House Museum. Image Lithgow Tourism
Children will enjoy exploring the historic remains at Black Furnace Park, Lithgow, Blue Mountains. Image Lithgow Tourism
Opened in 1928, Hoskins Church in Lithgow contains some of the area\u2019s finest gardens. Image Lithgow Tourism
Gardens of Stone National Park. Image Suzanne Lollback for Lithgow City Council
Hop aboard the historic Zig Zag Railway and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains escarpment. Image Nick Rains, Destination NSW