Newnes is one of those delightful camping and visiting locations a few hours west of Sydney. Easily reached from Lithgow (40km) North, it offers a peaceful valley that seems like a time and world away from city life. http://users.tpg.com.au/newnes/g/access.htm
Glow Worm Tunnels
On the way to newnes are some old train tunnels now home to many larvae / glow worms. A short walk from the car park and bring a torch. The rain forrest at the other end is nice and also a setrting off point for a longer walk is available.
All stop for a funeral procession.
One of the loveliest and often forgotten curtsies of living in a rural area is the respect that is shown in Lithgow to the departed and their near and dear ones.
Whenever there is a funeral procession in Lithgow all persons AND traffic will stop as the cortège passes them by. I always took this for granted until I moved to another city where this courtesy was not shown. I hope they still carry out this wonderful tradition in Lithgow!
Coming in from the cold
"The bare facts"
"Located on the western ramparts of the Blue Mountains , 140 kilometres from Sydney , the Lithgow Local Government area totals 4551 square kilometres from the Capertee and Wolgan Valleys in the north, Little Hartley in the east, Tarana in the south and Meadow Flat in the west.
The major urban centre of Lithgow nestles in a valley of that name, overlooked by the sandstone escarpments of the Blue Mountains . Until recently Lithgow was perceived to be an inland mining and industrial centre, however, recent developments have seen Lithgow recognised as an important tourism destination, heritage centre and a desirable residential area.
Two thirds of the City area is given over to World Heritage Listed National Park , making Lithgow an important leisure destination for Sydney residents.
Lithgow has unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities such as bushwalking, mountaineering, camping, orienteering, hang gliding, horse riding, off road 4WD, fishing, sailing and water skiing.
In addition to the major urban centre of Lithgow the city of Lithgow has 12 villages with mining or farming backgrounds. These smaller centres have proven to be attractive rural residential areas."
The above is the spiel with the basic outline of what Lithgow is.
LITHGOW, CLEANEST TOWN IN NSW!
"LITHGOW is a Charming & Very Clean Place"
We're always happy to visit this place, plenty of interesting places to see, plus it is home to the famous ZIGZAG Railway at Clarence, near Lithgow. There's also a great Arms Museum plus it is just close to the Blue Mountains but in the less crowded side, through Bells Line of Road, with plenty of beautiful gardens to visit as well plus orchards and fruit pickings to experience!
Other facts about Lithgow:
Total Population (LGA): 20 298
Latitude: 33.4901 S
Longitude: 150.1498 E
Elevation: 950.0 m
Summer: Max 25.5° Min 11.8°
Winter: Max 10.4° Min 0.7°
The Lithgow region is located on the traditional lands of the Dharruk, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri Nations. Lithgow is situated 140 km west of Sydney, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains.