Nature getaways in Lithgow area, Blue Mountains
The Eskbank Track from the town centre is an easy 1.5-hour walk that take yous to Bracey Lookout which has panoramic views of Lithgow township.
Further afield, Deep Pass on the Newnes Plateau is located within the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park;features include fern-covered walls and rock pools within its narrow canyon. The Glow Worm Tunnel is also at Newnes and has magnificent views of the striking pagoda rock formations as well as being home to thousands of glow worms that are visible in the darkness of the tunnel. Look out for wallabies and kangaroos along the way.
Other walks include the hike down the Zig Zag Walking Track which closely follows the historic Zig Zag Railway. There are several historic walking trails from Hartley, many that follow old coach roads from the early 19th century.
If you're four-wheel driving, head out to Baal Bone Gap for a picnic and some of the finest views in the Blue Mountains. You'll find huge examples of the rock pagodas that make this part of the mounta...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/gardens-of-stone-national-park/baal-bone-gap-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
Discover the spectacular landscapes of Wollemi National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. From scenic canyons, towering cliffs, wild rivers and serene forests, there are am...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/wollemi-national-park
When spending time in Capertee National Park, remember to visit Capertee Woolshed ruins while you're there. On the river flat below Capertee Homestead - 'Port Macquarie', these ruins are one of the su...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/capertee-national-park/capertee-woolshed-ruins/historic-site
Hartley Courthouse was designed by colonial architect Mortimer Lewis in the Grecian Revival style. Still largely intact and constructed solidly of locally quarried sandstone, it is an imposing buildin...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/hartley-historic-site/hartley-courthouse/historic-site
Step back in time within the historic village of Hartley set into the western edge of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set among pastures, orchards, native plants and nineteenth and twentieth-century cot...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/hartley-historic-site
This is the stuff adrenalin junkies' dreams are made of. Whether your thing is bushwalking, canyoning, rock-climbing or mountain-biking, Newnes Plateau is an adventure wonderland.