Nature in Lithgow Area
Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, the Lithgow area is a gateway to spectacular World Heritage attractions and majestic slices of beauty. You’ll find surprises throughout the region, from Aboriginal cave art and bird watching trails to camping, hiking and kayaking adventures. Tours and guides are also available.
The Capertee National Park, an hour’s drive from Lithgow, has spectacular walks and camping sites, as well as heritage homestead accommodation and unique Bubbletents. Recognised internationally as a top bird watching area, follow the bird watching trail between ancient escarpments of sandstone cliff.
To the east of Capertee, and measuring more than 5,000 square km, Wollemi National Park is the largest wilderness area in the state. It’s also an incredible maze of canyons, cliffs and dense forest, ideal for bushwalkers, campers and kayakers. This park is also home to the prehistoric Wollemi Pine.
Adventure specialists Life’s an Adventure offer a two-day guided walk exploring the escarpments, bushland and ancient Aboriginal rock paintings of the beautiful Wolgan Valley. This is a fully supported walk, with luggage transport and comfortable tented accommodation.
Just 40km north-west of Lithgow, Gardens of Stone National Park is a pocket-sized paradise where you can walk among exquisite rock pagoda formations, sandstone cliffs and canyons. Other highlights of the park include the Bicentennial Trail, the Ben Bullen Trail, Baal Bone Gap and the awesome views of the Newnes Plateau.
The Glow Worm Tunnel, also at Newnes, has magnificent views of the striking pagoda rock formations as well as being home to thousands of glow worms, 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.
The Lithgow area also makes a great place to stop on your way to the beautiful surrounds and vineyards of Mudgee, 127km to the north, or the incredible Jenolan Caves, which are 54km to the south. The amazing formations inside the caves make this one of the finest cave systems in the world.