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Introduction:

Lithgow is a city located in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains, between the mountain village of Mount Victoria to the south and the large historic inland city of Bathurst further west.

Lithgow enjoyed an industrial boom from the 1860s with flourishing coal mining and iron smelting works, although much of that declined during the following century.

The city centre consists of a one kilometre strip of shops along Main Street dotted with historic buildings from the town's early days, and a shopping centre with major stores on the east side of Lithgow Street.

Several attractive gardens and reserves can be found in Lithgow. Across the road from the Theatre Royale in Main Street is the shady Queen Elizabeth Park with its rose gardens, rotunda, war memorial, water features and picnic areas.

Surrounded by nature with stunning scenery and lookouts, Lithgow is a convenient base for exploring the attractions of the Blue Mountains and is the gateway to the rich country heartland of New South Wales.

 
Attractions:

Eskbank House
The oldest residence in Lithgow is open to the public as an historic home and museum
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
Displaying a large collection of longarms, machine guns, rifles, non-military machinery and related memorabilia housed on the site of Australia's first high precision mass production small arms factory
State Mine Heritage Park & Railway
Relive Lithgow's coal mining history at this industrial heritage park with a museum, railway and machinery displays
Zig Zag Railway
(currently closed due to rebuilding) A tourist railway which winds its way through remarkable Blue Mountains scenery on its 12 kilometre return journey

Parks, gardens & trails:

Blue Mountains National Park
Visited by over 3 million people annually, the park features chiselled sandstone outcrops, gorges, valleys, forests, isolated animal populations and over 140 kilometres of walking tracks with spectacular lookouts
Wollemi National Park
Located to the north-east of Lithgow, this wilderness area consists of an extensive maze of canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forest

Festivals & events:

Ironfest
An arts festival with historical re-enactment events, exhibitions, demonstrations and live music

Local tourist guides:

Lithgow Visitor Information
Information on the town, its attractions and surrounding villages

Regional touring guides:

Visit Blue Mountains
Published by Blue Mountains Tourism, it features details on attractions, accommodation, tours, bushwalking and dining options
Blue Mountains Australia
A business and tourism directory for the Blue Mountains region

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