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Nepean, Western & Northern Sydney

Lithgow is on the western side of the Blue Mountains, although known for its industrial heritage it is surrounded by beautiful national parks.

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Location

Lithgow is approximately 140 km (2 hr 15 min drive) west of Sydney and 63 km (50 min drive) east of Bathurst.

It is considered the first true country town west of Sydney. Its history is closely linked with the large coal deposits upon which it stands and the extension of the railway line over the Blue Mountains in the 1860s, it is home to the iconic zig-zag railway.

How to get there

The closest airport is Bathurst Regional Airport, a 50 min drive from Lithgow, daily flights to Sydney are available. Sydney International Airport is 2.5 hr drive from Lithgow.

The Sydney to Dubbo train service stops at Lithgow Railway Station daily. The train to Sydney Airport is available via Sydney Central Railway Station.

Lithgow Buslines provides local passenger bus services.

Population

Lithgow is home to more than 11,500 people, the median age of residents is 44 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 6% of the population.

Lithgow is located in the Nepean Blue Mountains NSW Primary Health Network (PHN). This regional health profile provides an overview of community health for the PHN area.

Healthcare facilities

Lithgow Hospital (Lithgow Health Service) is a 46 bed public hospital with a 24 hour emergency department supported by on-call medical services, and a comprehensive community health centre. Also located on the campus are Lithgow Health Service Community Private Hospital, Three Tree Lodge and Lithgow Health Service Specialist Medical Centre.

Nepean Hospital at Penrith is the nearest referral centre and is 90 min by road.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Lithgow.

Accredited GP practices

  • Bowenfels Medical Practice
  • Lithgow Medical Clinic
  • Ochre Health Medical Centre Lithgow

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Lithgow are coal mining, aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, state government administration and takeaway food services.
  • Childcare

For young families Lithgow has childcare options for long day care, preschool, after school care, vocation care and preschool.
  • Shopping

Lithgow has Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA supermarkets, as well as Target and other national retail chains. The major regional centre of Bathurst is a 50 min drive away.
  • Places of worship

In Lithgow there are places of worship for a range of Christian denominations including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian. The nearest mosque is in Bathurst, a 50 min drive from Lithgow.
  • Points of interest

Places to visit around Lithgow include the zig-zag railway, glow worm tunnel and Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, the second largest canyon in the world. Jenolan Caves, a World Heritage Area is within easy reach. Events in Lithgow are listed on the Lithgow Tourism website.
  • Sporting activities

Lithgow has a range of sporting activities and clubs including martial arts/karate, mountain biking, croquet, hockey, athletics, basketball, bowling, soccer, tennis, rugby league and swimming. The Lithgow Mercury has a page dedicated to sports happening in the Lithgow region.
  • Community groups and activities

Lithgow Community & Lifestyle and Lithgow Community Guide provide community directories that include community and service groups.  Events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events can be found at Tourism Lithgow and Visit NSW.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Lithgow. A good place to start is the Facebook pages Lithgow MercuryLithgow City Council , Lithgow 2790 NSW and Lithgow Tourism.