Glen Davis Ruins Tour


The Glen Davis Shale Oil Works, located in the Capertee Valley, was one of the largest employers in the area. Producing gasoline, the operation was an important strategic resource during the war era. In its heyday about 2,500 people lived in the township. Vertical sandstone cliffs stand guard over the crumbling vegetation covered structures lending a surreal impression.

Today, the ruins of this once thriving industry can be toured every Saturday at 2pm.

'The Poplars' Canobla Road, Glen Davis NSW 2846

Phone: (02) 6379 7380

Glen Davis Ruins

Small Arms Factory Museum

In 1912, the Government built the Small Arms Factory in Lithgow to produce weapons and small arms. The factory was the first modern manufacturing facility in Australia. The Museum presents a visual journey into the social and engineering history of this renowned facility.
Open Tues - Thurs 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, Weekends, public & school holidays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Groups by appointment.
Methven St , Lithgow, 2km west of Lithgow PO
P:(02) 6351 4452

Small Arms Factory Museum


Newnes was once a thriving oil shale works and town. At its peak approximately 2,000 people lived there - now only ruins are left, slowly being reclaimed by the gum forest. Interpretive signs tell the story of this once thriving industry and the workers who called Newnes home.


Maiyingu Marragu (Blackfellows Hands)

The Blackfellows Hand Aboriginal Place has Aboriginal rock shelters with painted art, a teaching site and occupation site.

Blackfellows Hand Aboriginal Place was an important meeting and educational place and holds special meaning for Wiradjuri people. The place is also highly valued by the wider Aboriginal community, including Gandangara, Dharug and Dharkinjung people. The area is regarded for its richness in wild resources and its natural beauty - the vegetation, rock formations, ochres and waterfalls create an aesthetic ambience. Blackfellows Hand Aboriginal Place was also important as an occupation site and includes a men's and a women's area. There is a women's birthing area in a secluded part of the complex.

Blackfellows Hand holds special meaning to Wiradjuri people because of their continuing cultural connection to the place. The site complex includes culturally significant rock shelters and stencil-art which provide a physical and spiritual link to ancestors and provide a place where traditional culture can be sustained. The area is used by the Aboriginal community as a ‘bush school room' where young people can hear stories from Elders and learn to collect and use bush food and natural medicine

Trees either side of the path act as a gateway to the past

Trees either side of the path act as a gateway to the past

History Avenue

Lithgow was an inevitable town, there were so many reasons for it to exist, and to exist where it is, that it just had to be.

So wrote the historian of the Small Arms Factory, Tony Griffiths. But as he himself asks, how did Lithgow, the country of the Wiradjuri and Gundungurra; Wywandy and Therabulat, become the crucible of Australian industry and ‘a transplanted pocket of Britain’s industrial black country’?

’Industrious Lithgow’ is acknowledged in the sites marked by Lithgow History Avenue. The works are the points where those transformations occurred, and where the groundwork was laid for what Lithgow would become in the 20th century, and beyond.

Some of those sites, like the Blast Furnace and the collieries, link to an energetic industrialism that is now past. Others, such as the Workmen’s Club, the Greyhound Racing Track and Eskbank House, remain part of Lithgow’s social, cultural and sporting present. As you walk through Lithgow History Avenue, or browse this site, the stories of this place, and links to people and events both locally and further afield, unfold.

A: Inch Street, Lithgow
P: 1300 760 276


Hartley Historic Site

Park the carriage and water the horses while you have an ale, unless you are here for Court. At least that was the case in the 1830’s. Hear the stories of convicts and early pioneers that called Hartley home, on a guided tour of the Greek Revival Courthouse and St Bernard’s Catholic Church.

T: 02 6355 2117

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm & 1.30pm-4.20pm Closed Mondays

  • Self-Guided Courthouse tours $4.40 per person
  • Pre Booked Group Courthouse and Church tours – Guided $6.60 per person
  • Kew-Y-Ahn - Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Walking Track to Granite Tor
  • Old Hartley Post Office Cafe
  • Clean Restrooms
  • Talisman Gallery

Hartley Historic Site

Blast Furnace Park

The remnants of the Blast Furnace stand tall reminding us that Lithgow was the birthplace of the Australian iron and steel industry. Constructed in 1913, the Lithgow Blast Furnace, at its peak, produced 105,000 tonnes of pig iron produced primarily for use by the Trans-Australia Railway.

Inch Street, Lithgow 


Blast Furnace Park

State Mine Heritage Park

The poppet head towers above the first State Government owned coal mine, signifying the struggle to bring the black gold to the surface. The museums collection of memorabilia and artefacts depict working life in Australia’s coal mines.

Lithgow State Mine's newest attraction is the spectravision presentation called "Fire in the Mine" and is the latest amazing exhibition at the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park. 

Listen to Marion Curry tell her moving story of the dangers faced by miners in their everyday work. The exhibition utilizes the spectravision technique to project a moving image into the display, an experience that needs to be seen to be believed.
Open 12.00pm-4.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Group tours at any time by appointment.

A: State Mine Gully Rd, Lithgow NSW 2790
P: 02  6353 1513



Eskbank House & Museum

Eskbank House and Museum is the heart of history, art and culture in Lithgow. Discover the opulent Bracey Furniture Collection. 

Explore the blacksmith area. View the largest collection of Lithgow Pottery in Australia. Enjoy the art exhibitions in the Courtyard Gallery. Join in the music, dance and art events and workshops held in the beautiful grounds. Relax with a picnic in the gardens and chat to the tour guides. And don't forget to have a play on our Locomotive Engine Possum. 

Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm. Tours by arrangement. Entry fees apply.

A: Cnr Bennett and Eskbank Street, Lithgow
P: 02 6351 3557

Eskbank House