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