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HISTORICAL SITES AND HISTORICAL PLACES

display.image (5)The past is always near in the Blue Mountains. The area is rich in history and has plenty of places where you can learn about it, re-experience it or re-visit it. Visit Corridor of Oaks in Faulconbridge where every Australian Prime Minister or a family representative has planted a tree, learn about railway history at Valley Heights Loco Depot Heritage Museum or visit Mount York where an obelisk and monument to explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth can be found.

Visit the Blue Mountains Historical Society for more historical facts.

2013 was a big year for the Blue Mountains with the Bi-centenary of the European crossing of the mountains being celebrated.

Blue Mountains Walking Tracks
Enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mountains by taking a walk through the forests. Discover the diversity of the area as you travel through natural landscapes and those that exhibit the shaping hand of human occupation. There is a walk to tempt everyone - from a gentle stroll to the Blue Pool, a more difficult climb to see the Aboriginal hand paintings or the challenging Wentworth Falls track. The Blue ...
Blue Mountain National Park, Blackheath, NSW, 2785
Capertee Woolshed ruins
When spending time in Capertee National Park, remember to visit Capertee Woolshed ruins while you re there. On the river flat below Capertee Homestead Port Macquarie , these ruins are one of the surviving remnants of the area s pastoral history. Try to imagine it back then, especially during shearing time, with the dusty air filled with the sounds of men s voices and the bleating of ...
Capertee Woolshed ruins, Bogee, NSW,
Coxs Road Interpretive Trail
Commissioned to build a road across the Blue Mountains, magistrate William Cox, with 30 convicts, started on 18 July 1814 at Emu Ford, completing the road to Bathurst on 14 January 1815 - a staggering 101.5 miles through rugged mountainous country in just six months. Today you can trace the path of the original Coxs Road which varies little from the current alignment of the ...
Across the Blue Mountains, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Eskbank House and Museum
Eskbank House and Museum in Lithgow is a historic home, with splendid furniture, display of Lithgow Pottery and other period pieces, blacksmith's forge and a coach house. Built in 1842 by Thomas Brown, Eskbank House is a sandstone building in the Georgian style. The four front rooms have been preserved much as they were in Thomas Brown's day, and contain some beautiful regency and early Victorian furniture. The museum ...
Bennett Street, Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Everglades Historic House and Gardens
The National Trust brings Australia's heritage alive at Everglades Gardens. Drawing from the great traditions of European landscape design as well as the unique Blue Mountains bushland, Everglades will charm with its grace and beauty. Constructed in the 1930s by Danish-born landscape gardener Paul Sorensen in conjunction with owner Henri van de Velde, Everglades Gardens is Australia's most spectacular inter-war period garden and has received acclaim from garden lovers worldwide. A stroll ...
37 Everglades Avenue, Leura, NSW, 2780
Falls Gallery
Established in 1989, Falls Gallery provides changing exhibitions of works on paper and ceramics by emerging and well established artists. This beautifully restored turn of the century weatherboard cottage is set in a large well established garden along a leafy mountains road. On the property is also a studio and pottery workshop. Works include etchings by Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman and others, plus works from Wendy Sharpe and Garry Shead ...
161 Falls Road, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782
Glen Davis Ruins
The Glen Davis Shale Oil Works, located in the Capertee Valley, was one of the largest employers in the area. Producing gasoline, the operation was an important strategic resource during the war era. In its heyday about 2,500 people lived in the township. Vertical sandstone cliffs stand guard over the crumbling vegetation covered structures lending a surreal impression. Today, the ruins of this once thriving industry can be toured every Saturday ...
'The Poplars' Canobla Road, Glen Davis, NSW, 2846
Glenbrook Village
Glenbrook Village is a destination and attraction all in one as it combines natural locations with man made activities. A combination of modern man and ancient man, those of the original Australian aboriginals such as Red Hand cave and other markers and carvings. Glenbrook Village is about one hour from the Sydney central business district, and one hour from Katoomba. It's a gateway to the Blue Mountains and World ...
Glenbrook Village, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail
The Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Trail starts at Emu Plains with the Arms of Australia Inn and proceeds up the Blue Mountains and through to Lithgow and then back down the Bells Line of Road to the Hawkesbury. There are many places of interest along the way, historical societies, family history societies, museums, heritage buildings, gardens and businesses and they are all listed under 'Hosts' on the brochure and ...
1/19 Stypandra Place, Springwood, NSW, 2777
Hartley Courthouse
Hartley Courthouse was designed by colonial architect Mortimer Lewis in the Grecian Revival style. Still largely intact and constructed solidly of locally quarried sandstone, it is an imposing building, as it was designed to be. The three doorways provided entrances for prisoners, the public and magistrates and visitors can examine the cellblock that housed prisoners and convicts. Many notorious bushrangers and cattle thieves were kept here and inside the cells, with ...
Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790
Jenolan Caves
Open every day of the year, Jenolan Caves is regarded as one of Australia's most spectacular cave systems. With guided tours (choice of nine spectacular show caves), underground rivers and awe-inspiring formations, Jenolan is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. Reveal your wild side on Adventure Caving. Survive intriguing ghost tours and night tours. Download the Jenolan App for ...
4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, NSW, 2790
Lennox Bridge in The Blue Mountains
Lennox Bridge on Mitchells Pass at Glenbrook is the oldest stone arch bridge on the Australian mainland. This elegant single span stone arch bridge was built in local stone and completed in 1833 by David Lennox using unskilled convict labour. It took one year to complete. The sandstone was quarried nearby and the bridge carried all the traffic to western New South Wales until 1926. An early engineering ...
Mitchells Pass, Glenbrook, NSW, 2773
Leuralla Amphitheatre
The Leuralla Amphitheatre in Leura offers a location of great natural beauty, where privacy and extensive views go hand in hand to forge an unforgettable experience. The stunning Leuralla Amphitheatre is not just a event location. When not booked it is open to the public, providing access to the breathtaking views of the Jamison Valley beyond. A perfect place from which to paint or sketch the view, or just sit in ...
36 Olympian Parade, Leura, NSW, 2780
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
In 1906 the Australian Government decided Australia should be independent from Britain for her defence needs. The Lithgow Small Arms Factory commenced production in 1912. This museum, situated in the grounds of the Small Arms Factory, celebrates the rich history of Australia's first high precision mass production facility and its people. Over its years of operation Lithgow SAF accumulated military small arms from all over the world for technical appraisal. These ...
69 Methven Street, Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Lockyers Road Walking Track
Lockyers Road Walking Track is one of the most historic walking tracks in the Blue Mountains. The track is one of the original 'roads' used to descend into Hartley Vale. Hand built by convicts, remnants of their handiwork can still be seen all along the track. The track has beautiful views over the Hartley Valley, and spectacular birdlife. ...
Lockyers Road, Hartley Vale, NSW, 2790
Lyttleton Stores
Lyttleton Stores consists of two country style shops that focus on personal service. Pantree Produce caters for the health conscious 'foodie', and Atelier caters for those seeking original hand-made wares. The third shop is a workshop space called Preserve. Pantree is an organic grocery with fresh fruit and vegetables sourced locally and sustainably. It sells grocery items including home and body products for discerning customers who value ethical, small-scale production. Atelier ...
1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson, NSW, 2783
Mitchells Ridge Lookout
Mitchells Ridge Lookout is an historic lookout and rest area, named after Sir Thomas Mitchell who supervised the building of the Pass by convict labour in 1832. An obelisk at the lookout commemorates the opening of Victoria Pass in 1832. The Pass is one of the oldest and most significant engineered works in Australia still in use today. From the western end of the lookout there is a good view ...
Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria, NSW, 2786
Mount Victoria and District Historical Society Museum
The Mount Victoria and District Historical Society museum has in its sixteen rooms an amazing collection of Australiana, spanning the era from the early explorers and convicts to more recent times. There are examples of early farming tools and dairy utensils, natural history, laundry and kitchenware, the local mining industry, early photographic equipment and musical instruments. Furniture and furnishings are also on view, The Railway Refreshment Room tableware ...
Mount Victoria Railway Station, Mount Victoria, NSW, 2786
Mount York
Mount York, 7.5 kilometres from Mount Victoria is a natural site that at 1061 metres has commanding views over the western plains, many layers of Aboriginal and European heritage, several convict built roads (now walking tracks) and remnants of the old convict built roads (1823-1829) can still be seen. Monuments at the site demonstrate a change in architectural style and social means of commemorating historic events such as the ...
Mount York Road, Mount York, NSW, 2786
Newnes Plateau
Newnes State Forest is located on Newnes Plateau and contains a plantation of Radiator Pine, natural forest and Sandstone escarpments. There is access to Glow Worm Tunnels and Wollemi National Park. The town of Newnes is located in the Wolgan Valley but there is no vehicular access from the Glow Worm Tunnel area. For a circular day walk, go through the Glow Worm Tunnel, then walk along the Wolgan Valley ...
Newnes State Forest (north of Lithgow), Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Newnes Shale Oil Ruins
At the end of Wolgan Valley lies a reminder of the shale oil industry. The township and shale oil mining complex was established in 1906. The Newnes Oil Shale Mine produced low grade oil. Set within beautiful mountain scenery, a collection of shanties, huts and buildings for the mining process were built. Today the ruins of the site are all that remains. Operational costs and the availability of lower priced crude ...
North Of Lithgow, Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Nooroo Gardens
Visit one of Australia's most famous gardens featuring world famous wisteria, plus rhododendrons, azaleas and maples. Nooroo was built and planted in 1880 by William Hay and original plantings include English oaks, chestnuts, ash and cedars which are underplanted with thousands of bulbs including, bluebells, daffodils and crocus. Famous for its wisteria collection, hostas, lilly of the valley and Japanese iris have been planted to complement the wisteria. Nooroo ...
Church Lane, Mount Wilson, NSW, 2786
Norman Lindsay Gallery
The Norman Lindsay Gallery is the former home of the illustrious artist and author, Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). Now open as a gallery and run by the National Trust (NSW), it displays the artist's oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, ship models, sculptures plus characters from his classic children's book, The Magic Pudding. Gift shop, landscaped grounds and cafe. ...
14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge, NSW, 2776
NSW Toy and Railway Museum and Leuralla Gardens
Discover a unique collection of fabulous children's toys and trains at the Toy and Railway Museum. Explore a grand home and glorious gardens. Thousands of delighted families and collectors can't be wrong: it's a definite must for the kid in you all. Families and serious collectors alike can explore pre- and post-war toys including dolls, teddy bears, lead figures, comics and books, tin plate trains, aeroplanes, automobiles and working model-railway layouts. ...
36 Olympian Parade, Leura, NSW, 2780
Oberon Railway Station Group
Oberon Railway Station is now the focus of an outdoor museum. Inside the station are displays about the beginnings of the town, while outside one of the most popular attractions are the two railway carriages. There are also settlers huts, a working blacksmiths shop and many piece of fascinating machinery rarely seen today. Located one block off Oberon's main street in Scotia Avenue the Museum is situated adjacent to the Oberon ...
Tarana-Oberon Railway, Oberon, NSW, 2787
Rick Rutherfords Country Gallery
Rick Rutherford's Country Gallery is open daily and located within the heritage precinct of Lawson, on the Badgery Crescent side of Lawson. As the founding author of "Australian Country Collections" magazine, Rick purchased and restored a graceful Blue Mountains Lawson property years ago, creating a unique country gallery in the process, which is open to the public to inspect firsthand. Within its many rooms, Rick Rutherford's Country Gallery is a world of ...
3 Badgery Crescent, Lawson, NSW, 2783
St Bernards Church
Take a tour or arrange a wedding at St Bernards Church in Hartley, a lovingly preserved example of colonial sandstone architecture. The beautiful pale sandstone St Bernards Church was built by local stonemason Alexander Binning, probably from a Gothic prototype. Before it was built, services had to be held in Hartley Courthouse, with the first priest arriving from Ireland in 1838. The stonework was completed in 1846, but the windows and ...
Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790
St John the Evangelist Church
St John's was erected by Mrs Georgina Abbott as a memorial to her parents, Mr and Mrs James Walker and her first husband, Mr Edwin Barton. It was designed by Blacket and Son, architects and built by George Donald, opening on 6 November, 1881 as the "Wallerawang" estate private chapel. From its opening it was used by Presbyterian and Anglican Churches and was given to both on 18 November, 1952. ...
Main Street, Wallerawang, NSW, 2845
Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
Explore the oldest roundhouse in NSW and enjoy the sights, sounds (and smells) of rail travel over the last 130 years! Enjoy unlimited 20 minute rides in the 1880s Heritage Listed Sydney Steam Tramcar or 1890 "Cowboy" carriage hauled by ancient tank engine "Stevo". View model railway layouts including a five metre long HO scale model of the Depot as it was in the 1950s. Climb aboard steam engines, carriages ...
17b Tusculum Road, Valley Heights, NSW, 2777
Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls located in the Blue Mountains National Park is a spectacular waterfall with magnificent views. One of the most picturesque falls in the mountains, it is where the Jamison Creek drops over the escarpment and plunges 297 metres over the upper and lower falls into a large pool before flowing down the creek into the Valley of the Waters. Bushwalks in the area vary from short 10 minutes ...
Falls Road, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782
Wentworth Falls Lookout
Within Blue Mountains National Park, five minutes from the highway, is one of the most majestic waterfalls on the plateau. Wentworth Falls picnic area is a great base to explore the lush world of rainforests and waterfalls along a range of spectacular walking tracks to suit all the family. Wentworth Falls Lookout is an accessible lookout located just a few minutes walk from the carpark. From this lookout you will get ...
Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782