No visit to the area would be complete without a ride on the famous Zig Zag railway.The Zig Zag is a full size, narrow gauge tourist railway located at Clarence, ten km east of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Built in the 1860s, the line was constructed to transport people and produce from the western plains of NSW to...more
When you're a town that has nothing overly significant it pays to draw attention to yourself with something different, something weird, something attention getting. Ironfest fits the bill nicely.Celebrate the festival of all things metal through entertainment, music and art. Ironfest features the International Jousting Championship, Colonial...more
Around 30 kms out on mostly dirt road there's a carpark where you stop and then start walking to the Glow Worm Tunnel. You actually have to pass through another tunnel (see pic 2) just to get there while you're in your vehicle.Both tunnels are part of the old railway that used to service the shale mine at Newnes in the Wolgan Valley. Because of its...more
Let's talk facts here. Lithgow never had a reputation as a tourist town. Lithgow was known for its small arms factory, its prison, its mine and, later, its power station.Katoomba and such had all the glory of the Blue Mountains. Slowly, almost impercertably at times, this is changing.One of the things that has helped is the small arms factory...more
This Saturday 8th August 2009 a great fun is about to happen! Enjoy the magic and the mystery of the Zig Zag Railway’s Harry Potter themed Wizards Express with three hours of fun and laughter. Walk through the wall on Platform 9¾, listen to “The Hat” sort you into your House before boarding the train for the run to Hogsmeade. Don’t be a muggle,...more
This is a wonderful store for women's clothing. The lovely lady who owns this store stocks it with lovely evening and bridal party attire as well as casual and coats, hats and accessories.
I used to shop there a lot when I lived in Lithgow and can really recommend it. Her prices are great!
The store is situated in 'Main Street' which is the main shopping area of Lithgow.
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!
Not to scare anyone off Australia or the Blue Mountains area in particular, but please keep in mind that in the Spring/Summer months in Australia there are a number of deadly snakes to watch out for and from Summer Through Autumn the funnel Web Spider is a problem. No, they are not out there lurking and waiting to get you! But best to be warned of their general location if you are wandering around the Blue Mountains/Lithgow areas.
The female of the species is generally in her burrow awaiting her mate while during this period of time the mate is actively seeking her. They are nocturnal for the most part but if you are digging around bark or rock areas you could uncover them. They like dark damp places and often shoes left out of doors can become a haven for these nasty creatures. We were taught well when we were growing up that you should check your shoes before putting your foot into them. So just be mindful!
And the strange thing to me is that these spiders can bite a dog or cat and not harm it! Seems like they just like to get we little humans!
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