At the western edge of the Blue Mountains and just a two-hour drive from Sydney, Lithgow is the gateway to the Central West. As well as a beautiful city in its own right, this is a natural paradise. With a wealth of historic villages in the Lithgow Area and easy access to Jenolan Caves, the natural wonderland of the Capertee Valley and the Kanimbla Valley, this is a great place to visit for a country escape.
Hassan’s Walls Lookout, the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains, is just a few minutes’ drive from Lithgow town centre. The Sir Joseph Cook boardwalk provides easy access to the lookout, with dramatic, wide-angle views of the majestic Blue Mountains escarpment and the rolling valleys at its feet.
Eskbank House and Museum houses a significant collections of artefacts that relate to the industrial and social heritage of Lithgow and its surroundings. Built in 1842 in the simple Georgian style, the sandstone house is a snapshot of times past, with some outstanding examples of regency and early Victorian furniture.
Take the kids to see the luminous Glow Worm Tunnel, part of the old railway that once serviced the area. Explore the Glen Davis Ruins, all that remains of an abandoned village once home to a slate factory in World War 2.
Held on the fourth Sunday of each month, Lithgow Village Markets hosts a lively array of fresh farm produce, arts and crafts and vintage clothing. As well as the chance to buy organic produce, this is a great opportunity to experience country hospitality.
Lithgow was also the site of the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, Australia's first high precision mass production facility. The factory produced rifles used by Australian troops from World War I to the Vietnam War. The Small Arms Factory Museum is a fascinating tribute to its work.