National Parks

When visiting National Parks, please help to preserve our natural and cultural heritage. Please consider:.

  • All flora, fauna and Aboriginal sites and rock formations are protected.
  • Wildfire can destroy lives and property. Observe total fire bans and Park Fire bans. Fires are not permitted within the park so please use a fuel stove instead.
  • Leave pets and firearms at home – they are not permitted in National Parks.
  • Keep to formed roads.
  • Take rubbish with you when you leave the park.

REMEMBER – Take only photographs and leave only footprints

Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is the largest wilderness area in NSW and forms part of the recently declared Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Park is a maze of canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forest.

Wollemi National Park is home to The Wollemi Pine, a “living dinosaur” discovered in 1994. The tree dates back about 100 million years. The Pines survival depends upon its isolation. Propagated Wollemi Pines can be seen at Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens.

Wollemi National Park protects a range of endangered fauna including Petrogale penicillata (Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby), Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Platypus), Dasyurus maculatus (Spotted-tailed Quoll ), Xanthomyza phrygia (Regent Honey Eater), Tyto tenebricosa (Sooty Owl ) and Mormopterus norfolkensis (Eastern Freetail-bat).

Special places in Wollemi National Park , accessible from Lithgow include Newnes historic ruins, the Glow Worm Tunnel, the Capertee Valley and Dunn’s Swamp.

 

Marrangaroo National Park

The park follows Cox’s River between Lake Wallace and Lake Lyell, with deep waterholes and shady trees. The peaks in the park reach almost 1200m above sea level where snow gums may be seen. The park is the home of the Purple Copperwing butterfly that can be seen in the spring.

Camp along the banks of the Cox’s River, in one of the many small campsites. Enjoy swimming or relaxing while platypus spotting on the river banks. Explore Lake Lyell by canoe, or, after rain, run the rapids down the Cox’s River. One of the best ways to see the park is on a mountain bike. Walk to the top of Mount Walker and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Lithgow area. Fishing is possible along the banks of the Cox’s River. Flat-water canoeing in Lake Lyell is possible at all times but white-water kayaking along the Cox’s River is only possible after recent heavy rain.

Capertee National Park

Gazetted in June 2010, the Capertee National Park is one of the newest national parks. The Capertee National Park lies between the Castlereagh Highway and the Capertee Valley occupying the site of the former residential property. Access to the Capertee National park is via arrangement  with the National Parks and Wildlife office in Mudgee.

Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area

Created in March 2011, this area is located in the Capertee Valley and borders the Capertee National Park. It covers an area of 3,650 hectares.

Gardens of Stone National Park

The Gardens of Stone National Park forms part of the recently declared Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. ‘Pagoda’ rock formations cluster near sandstone escarpments, where erosion has sculpted beehive-shaped domes. Banksia, dwarf casurinas and other wind-pruned heathland plants give the area its garden-like appearance.

Pagoda rock formations form when ironstone plates occur in sandstone. As sandstone hardens and is eroded due to weathering, ironstone is all that remains.

The Gardens of Stone National Park protects a range of endangered fauna including Tiliqua nigrolutea (Blotched Blue Tongue lizard) and Dilodactylus vittatus (Wood gecko).

Special places to visit in Gardens of Stone National Park include Baal Bone Gap, Newnes Plateau and the Capertee Valley.

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, protects an unusually diverse range of vegetation communities. There are many rare and ancient plants and isolated animal populations tucked away in its deep gorges. The Park is a vast and special place.

The rugged beauty of Blue Mountains National Park provides a wealth of recreational opportunities for car based sight seeing and bushwalking.

Special places to visit in the Blue Mountains National Park include The Three Sisters, Euroka Clearing, Evan’s Lookout and Murphy’s Glen.

 

Kanangra Boyd National Park

Featuring towering cliffs, dizzying drop off unfenced cliffs and spectacular mountain scenery, the Kanangra Boyd National Park is at the very southern extremity of the Lithgow area. trek to a beautiful or take a walk along the plateau to see the skyline of Sydney on a clear day. Access to the  Kanangra Boyd National Park is via the Kanangra Boyd  access road between Jenolan Cave  and Edith.

 

 

Turon National Park

The open eucalypt forest and river oaks of the historic Turon Valley were once the site of one of the state’s major goldfields. The area is also rich in colonial and Aboriginal heritage. The river offers excellent trout fishing.

Turon National Park protects a range of endemnic fauna including Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang Gang), Ninox strenua (Powerful owl), Petaurus norfolcensis (Squirrel Glider) and Macropus giganteus (Eastern grey Kangaroo)

National Parks and Wildlife Service

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) manages more than 870 protected areas in NSW, covering over 7 million hectares and representing more than 9 per cent of the land area of the state. This includes national parks, nature reserves, flora reserves, World Heritage areas, rainforests, beaches, alpine areas and sites of great cultural and  historic significance. Management of these areas involves a wide range of responsibilities, including plant and animal conservation, fire management, suitable tourism and visitation, research, education, volunteering programs and more.

There are seven accessible National Parks in or close to the Lithgow area: Wollemi National Park, Gardens Of Stone National park, Capertee National Park, Turon National Park, Marrangaroo National Park, Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra Boyd National Park.

Address: level 1, 39 Whitton Street, North Katoomba
Phone:  1300 361 967 or 4784 7300
Website: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au