Lithgow is encounted when traveling from Sydney to Bathurst (or vice versa) Lithgow is also a Blue Mountains town, and as such subject to changeable weather. Lithgow is also a heritage town with lots of old and historic buildings.

The reason for the name is not readily accessed.

The town is the centre of a coal mining district and there are two coal-powered power stations nearby. It is the site of Australia's first commercially-viable steel mill the ruins of which are open for inspection at "Blast Furnace Park".

Because of the abundance of coal and relative proximity to Sydney, Lithgow is the site of two of the largest power stations in NSW.

Lithgow is the birth place of Marjorie Jackson. The famous athlete known as the Lithgow Flash

Lithgow has many heritage sites. The following are listed on the National Register.

Former Station Master's Residence (now Caddie's Restaurant), a sandstone cottage designed by John Clifton and built in 1869

         Zig Zag Railway, designed by John Whitton, built by Patrick Higgins

         Ironworks Blast Furnace, Eskbank, 1875 to 1930

         Eskbank House, Bennett Street, built by Thomas Brown in 1842

         Lithgow Valley Pottery Site Kiln, 1875 to 1908

         Lithgow Court House, corner Bridge and Mort Streets De La Salle Cottage, Rabaul Street, a stone building in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, built circa 1882

         Methven, Lidsdale Road, a sandstone house built by Andrew Brown in the 1870s

         The Lithgow pubs are nearly all old NSW classics.

         The Anglican and United Churches are magnificent 100 year plus greats. The Presbyterian is also old.

There is a small arms Museum.

The Lithgow War Memorial is a worthy acknowledgement on the southern approach to the town.

Lithgow is not a stopover town, but there is plenty to look at Lithgow.

Heritage diary


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course