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Lithgow

Lithgow and surrounding villages abound with historic attractions both natural and man-made.

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About Lithgow

Situated on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains about 150km west of Sydney, Lithgow Valley's first settlers arrived in 1824 but it was not until the railway was constructed to Lithgow in 1869 that the town began to grow and prosper. Lithgow’s large reserves of coal and its proximity to Sydney made it an ideal town to service the industrial needs of the state’s growing capital and steel manufacturing, copper smelting, breweries, brickworks, pipe and pottery works soonfollowed. A flour mill built to service the town’s needs was later converted to a woollen mill and the establishment of a large abattoir and refrigeration works in 1875paved the way to export chilled meats.

A small arms factory was officially opened in 1912 producing Lee-Enfield .303 rifles for the WWI and WWII forces, later diversifying into aircraft engine parts, sound projectors, sheep shearing machinery, sewing machines and later both Vickers and Bren Machine guns for use in WWII. Part of the original factory now houses the Lithgow Small Arms Museum.

Today Lithgow and surrounding villages abound with historic attractions both natural and man-made including Zig Zag Railway, Blast Furnace Park, Lithgow State Mine Railway Heritage Park, Jenolan Caves, Glow Worm Tunnel, and Blue Mountains National Park to name a few. Pick up a Lithgow Heritage Map from the Visitor centre and start exploring.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs