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.
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.
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)
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.
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
Kanangra Boyd National Park, part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, features a labyrinth of creeks, rivers and spiney ridges that fall away into deep gorges. The rugged terrain protects the surrounding wilderness.
Special places to visit in Kanangra Boyd National Park include Kanangra Walls and the Boyd River.
- 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