Craft Works Distillery

Craft Works Distillery

Craft Works Distillery is nestled on the edge of the stunning Capertee Valley and at the back of the Royal Hotel Capertee in a  small tin shed about 40 minutes from Lithgow.

Craft Works Distillery although relativity new on the distilling local scene is already winning international praise, award recognition and recently won a Silver in the international Independent Bottlers Challenge held in the UK.

Craft Works Distillery is artisan craft in the true sense and proudly NSW using a 970 litre full copper pot still fabricated in NSW as well as using the local spring water and malted NSW barley.

The heart and soul of Craft Works Distillery is Craig or Crafty as he is affectionately known by.

Crafty mills, brews, distils, barrels and crafts his own single malt whisky Australian style.

Whisky style , best described as full flavoured , full throated flavour bombs crafted to bring our the best in his barley, his barrels and his belief in staying true to making good whisky to be enjoyed.

A very small operation including a small cellar door but if closed there is always a Craft Works Distillery single malt whisky at the Royal Hotel Capertee, say Crafty sent you.

 

Contact Details

Address: 67a Castlereagh Highway, CAPERTEE NSW 2846
Phone: 0418 960 495
Website: www.craftworker.com.au

 

 

Craft Work Distillery

Southern Cross Kayaking

Southern Cross Kayaking

Experience the wonders of Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy) in the Wollemi National Park from a stable kayak on the pristine waters of the Cudgegong River. Marvel at the awe of nature as you wind through striking rock formations, stunning sandstone gorges and picturesque woodlands: the best way to appreciate the unique natural beauty of this place is from the water.

Kayak hire is available daily with single kayaks and double kayaks. Stand up Paddle Board hire also available.

Operating daily during school holidays and on weekends from September to April.

Southern Cross Kayaking also offer guided kayak tours – departing daily at 9am and Friday evenings at 5pm during daylight saving.

Wildlife you may encounter during your paddle includes wallabies, purple swamphens, lyrebirds, long-necked turtles, musk dusks and you might even glimpse a platypus!

No experience necessary: paddling instruction and safety briefing provided.

Check the website for dates or call Cindy or John.

Contact Details

Address: Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy), Wollemi National Park, Rylstone 
Phone: 0439936480
Email: info@southerncrosskayaking.com.au
Website: www.southerncrosskayaking.com.au

 

 

Dunns Swamp

Zig Zag Brewery

Zig Zag Brewery

The Old Zig Zag Brewery was first built around 1888 upon a well-known spring water source deep within a steep sandstone valley on the outskirts of the small Lithgow coalmining community. Occupying almost 40 acres, it is situated within a stones-throw of the famous Zig Zag Railway built in the 1800’s to haul coal up and out of the valley.

The Zig Zag Brewery was developed over a period of 65 years between 1888 and 1950. The site hosted a number of brewing operations and was the last regionally based brewery operating in New South Wales. The Old Zig Zag Brewery became one of the largest and most famous breweries west of the Great Divide and was also known as Terry’s Brewery. It maintained its popularity until the late 1950’s when the last brew was made.

Even in its early years the spring water was considered to be a crucial ingredient in the delicate art of brewing a fine ale and the brewery achieved further distinction in the 1950’s when its stout won a world championship award in London.

The brewery went on to be used for soft drink production as the home of Dales Soft Drinks in the 60’s and 70’s and in a rather tired condition was finally purchased by the Schindler family in 1981 as a holiday retreat and weekender, with the spring water business commencing in 1991.

As the business grows more of the original buildings are being put to use for production and warehousing, rapidly escalating the rate of restoration of the site. This restoration and re-utilisation of the site is not only important to the company’s marketing strategy but the local Tourist Association plans to list the brewery on their tourist route.

The famous brewery is once again striving to make award-winning beers using pure spring water and regionally sourced grains.

Not only can you enjoy our hand-crafted beers but you can actually come and stay at our brewery!  Yes, we have a beautiful cottage in the brewery grounds available for holiday rental.  Imagine telling your friends that you slept in a brewery for the weekend.

The former brewery retains many quite discernible elements of the 19th and 20th century brewing processes, including the malting tower, boiler house, water supply and a virtually intact early 20th century refrigeration plant. The place also retains one of only three recorded Australian made Fram refrigeration compressors. The brewery site is the only surviving brewery in Lithgow and is one of only a handful of breweries known to survive in regional New South Wales.

Already tours of the property are conducted almost every week for visitors from far and wide.

Contact Details

Address: 1B Brewery Lane, Lithgow
Phone: (02) 63531677
Email: sales@zigzagbrewery.com.au
Website: www.zigzagbrewery.com.au/

 

 

Zig Zag Brewery

Address: 1B Brewery Lane, Lithgow
Phone: (02) 63531677

Maple Springs Nursery & Gardens

Maple Springs Nursery & Gardens

Maple Springs Nursery have over 250 of varieties of japanese maples Conifers and Shrubs specialising in cold climate trees with thousands to choose from. They also have a Japanese Garden showcasing maple varieties and the various gardens on show in Japan including ponds, waterfalls, rockeries, stones, gravels, hand made bridges and islands.

Contact Details

Phone: (02)6355 2140
Mobile: 0414 933 467
Email: info@maplespringsnurseryandgardens.com.au
Website: www.maplespringsnurseryandgardens.com.au

 

Maple Springs Nursey

85 Baaners Lane, Little Hartley NSW 2790
Phone: (02) 6355 2140

 

 

 

Tree Adventures

Tree Adventures

Soar through the treetops at the foothills of The Blue Mountains on an array of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels! A 2 hour session climbing through the aerial challenges (including training) will have you laughing along with the kookaburras. Arrival of 30 minutes prior is important so there is time to get ready on time for some serious fun.

All of the treetop platforms are built on more than 70 Sydney Blue Gums, which borders both sides of the river. Trees Adventure Grose River Park is located at the confluence of the Nepean and Grose River in Yarramundi.

Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Contact Details

Address: 200 Springwood road, Yarramundi
Phone:: (02) 4776 1226
Email: groseriverpark@tressadventure.com.au
Website:https://treesadventure.com.au/

 

 

Trees Adventure

200 Springwood road, Yarramundi

Wolgan Valley Eco Tours

Wolgan Valley Eco Tours

Multi-award winning local ecotourism operator specialising in minimal impact guided walking tours and hikes of the world heritage listed Gardens of Stone and Wollemi region. Small group sizes, personalised service and passionate local guide guarantees guests a truly unique and memorable experience.

At Wolgan Valley Eco Tours we believe that walking is a great way to explore the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. From wildlife encounters with wombats to sugar gliders on the Wollemi Twilight Wildlife Tour to the illuminating wonder of glow worms on the Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, or the historic ruins of the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery contrasting to Gardens of Stone’s most iconic landmark Donkey Mountain – our award winning guided walks and hikes offer a unique and authentic way to experience this world heritage area.

Our low impact experiences and Advanced Eco Certification through Ecotourism Australia is integral to our business and ensures that we are continually delivering high quality innovative experiences through ecologically sustainable practices and cultural responsibility.

We offer complimentary pick up and drop off on selected tours and hikes for guests staying at accommodation in the Wolgan Valley, Lidsdale and Wallerawang area.

Contact Details

Phone: 0439 464 660
Website: www.wolganvalleyecotours.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wolganvalleyecotours/