Explore ancient canyons, discover Aboriginal heritage and marvel at fascinating local history. Settled in a beautiful valley on the western edge of the Blue Mountains, adventure thrives around the Lithgow area’s diverse and surprising attractions. You can also wander through the ruins and remnants of the region’s industrial age.
This region is home to breathtaking natural wonders. Just over an hour from the town of Lithgow, the Capertee National Park has spectacular walks and camping, as well as heritage homestead accommodation. Recognised internationally as a top bird watching area, the bird watching trail takes you through the idyllic and peaceful Capertee Valley.
Further east, Wollemi National Park is threaded with canyons and rivers, ideal for hikers, campers and canoeists. In the beautiful Wolgan Valley, only 40 minutes from Lithgow, you can explore ancient aboriginal rock paintings. Wolgan Valley Eco Tours offers guided hikes around the area, including through the famous Glow Worm Tunnel.
The birthplace of the Australian steel industry, Lithgow’s blast furnace poured the first industrial quantities of local steel. Today you can explore the ruins at Blast Furnace Park, as well as the remnants of Glen Davis and Newnes shale oil towns. State Mine Heritage Park is also full of local memorabilia.
Well-preserved colonial heritage stands firm in Hartley, 11km from Lithgow. Hartley’s historic buildings include the Courthouse, St Bernards Church and Comet Inn, built around 1879. This two-storey inn is now a handsome guesthouse with a licensed restaurant. The Old Hartley Post Office café also serves home cooked meals.
Relax at the Japanese Garden & Bathhouse, an authentic experience of Japanese culture, on the edge of Lyell Lake just outside Lithgow. With an onsen-style outdoor hot spring bath, a tea house, a Zen temple garden and massages, the complex also offers unique Japanese-style accommodation.
Seek out more adventure beyond Hassan’s Walls Lookout, the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains and just a few minutes’ drive from Lithgow town centre. Travel an hour further south to visit the majestic limestone caverns of Jenolan Caves in the Oberon area.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in the region, from guest houses to romantic getaways. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxurious resort with freestanding villas at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs. Or enjoy uninterrupted views over the Capertee Valley through the clear walls of a Bubbletent.