Sitting on the western edge of the sandstone country of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow is considered the first true country town west of Sydney.
Lithgow has a population of more than 5,000 people, the median age of residents is 44 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4% of the population.
Located in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow is the home to the iconic zig-zag railway. The town is the centre of a coal mining district and there are two coal-powered power stations nearby.
It is a 2 hour drive west of Sydney and 50 minutes east the major regional centre of Bathurst.
The closest regional airport is in Bathurst, which is a 50 minute drive from Lithgow, and provides daily flights to Sydney.
Sydney Airport is only 2.5 hours’ drive away.
The major sources of employment in Lithgow are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Public administration and safety
- Retail trade
- Accommodation and food services
Lithgow Health Service consists of a 46 bed public hospital, 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. The hospital provides 24 hour emergency department supported by on call medical services.
Nepean Hospital at Penrith is the referral centre and is 60 minutes by road.
Lithgow is supported by its own NSW Ambulance Service station.
Lithgow Medical Clinic
Ochre Health Medical Centre Lithgow
Lithgow offers young families a number of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care and pre-school.
Lithgow has Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA stores. It also has a Target and a number of national retail chains. The major regional centre of Bathurst is just 40 minutes away.
There many places of worship located in Lithgow including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches. The nearest mosque is in Bathurst.
Lithgow is adjacent to a number of national parks and other attractions. Places to visit include the Zig Zag Railway, Glow Worm Tunnel and Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, the second largest canyon in the world. It is also close to Jenolan Caves, which are a World Heritage Area.
In Lithgow, Ironfest is by far, the biggest tourist attraction, in terms of visitor numbers. This annual cultural heritage event attracts over 10,000 visitors a year. Ironfest hosts the annual St George’s Day Jousting Tournament which involves contestants from all around the world.