Welcome to Lithgow, where history, nature, and relaxation come together to create a perfect getaway. Make the most of your stay at Zig Zag Motel, and let the charm of this town leave you with unforgettable memories.
Zig Zag Railway: Reliving the Golden Era of Steam Trains
Soak up the sights, smells, and scenery of Australia’s historic rail adventure at Zig Zag Railway. Established in 1869, Zig Zag Railway offers a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of travelling by rail as it was done in the past. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the romantic steam locomotive, hauling you over the Great Lithgow Zig Zag. The facility offers accessible and family-friendly amenities, including picnic facilities, a souvenir store, and the iconic Container Café.
The railway operates on select weekends, offering different travel options. Bookings are essential on their website.
State Mine: Exploring Australia’s Mining Heritage
Discover the rich mining history of Australia at State Mine. Located on State Mine Gully Road, the museum holds Australia's most comprehensive collections of coal mining artefacts and equipment within the buildings of the former Lithgow State Coal Mine. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Ghost Tours: Uncover Spooky Tales in Lithgow
For those seeking a thrilling evening adventure, join the Lithgow Mine Ghost Tour after dark. Led by Paranormal Pete, this tour takes you to the scene of dark myths and gloomy legends where ghosts are dying to meet you. Explore unique, forgotten, and secret locations that are off-limits to the general public after hours. Immerse yourself in local history, myths, and hair-raising ghost stories. Ghost hunting equipment, including EMF meters and night vision video, will add an extra eerie dimension to your supernatural evening. Dine early at Frankie's and then have a night of thrills. Book online.
Hassan's Walls Lookout: The Highest Scenic Lookout in the Blue Mountains
Hassan's Walls Lookout offers breathtaking panoramic views from the highest scenic lookout in the Blue Mountains. Situated at approximately 1,100 meters above sea level, enjoy the stunning vistas of Mount Wilson, Mount York, Mount Tarana, Mount Blaxland, and the Hartley Valley below. Plan a visit to witness the beauty of the landscape, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers. Walk, run, or drive up to the lookout, ideal at sunrise or sunset. Find out more.
Best Hikes: Explore Scenic Trails in Lithgow
Embark on a hiking adventure in Lithgow with scenic trails catering to various skill levels. Discover the beauty of Ida Falls, walk or bike the shared road between Hassan's Walls Lookout and Bracey's Lookout, or challenge yourself with the demanding Lithgow to Lost City Viewpoint via Glow Worm Tunnel Road (reopens in mid-2024). Explore the natural beauty that Lithgow has to offer and enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors with dozens of unlisted walking trails that the locals will be happy to share with you. Find out more.
Gardens of Stone National Park: A World Heritage Experience
Be inspired by the dramatic landscape at Gardens of Stone National Park. Featuring stunning rock pagodas, sandstone cliffs, canyons, and breathtaking scenic views, this World Heritage area offers a memorable experience. Enjoy leisurely walks, drive tours, and opportunities for adventurous activities such as canyoning, mountain biking, and bushwalking. Some areas are closed; please see the website for up-to-date information.
Markets at The Foundations: Local Crafts, Artisans, and Food
Experience the charm of local markets at The Foundations. Held quarterly, these markets bring together a diverse range of local crafters, artisans, and food providers. Enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere, even in the coldest winter weekends. Immerse yourself in the local culture and support the community while exploring unique handmade products and delicious local treats. Find out more.
Jannei Goat Dairy: Artisanal Goat Cheese Craftsmanship
Only 18 minutes for Zig Zag, is the artisanal world of goat cheese at Jannei Goat Dairy, a family-owned fromagerie crafting fresh and semi-hard Australian goat cheese. Immerse yourself in our story, discover our diverse product range, and plan a visit to experience cheese tastings and farm walks amid the picturesque setting in Lidsdale, NSW. Book a tasting on their website.
Animal Farm Visits: Raising Baby Moos in Glorious Valley
Visit Raising Baby Moos, a small animal farm in Glorious Valley that offers a sanctuary for farm animals. Experience the tranquillity of raising calves, walking them on a halter, cuddling lambs, and interacting with geese, hens, and goats. A perfect family-friendly destination, Raising Baby Moos provides an unforgettable and educational experience with a variety of adorable animals. Find out more.
Native Animal Sanctuary: Secret Creek Sanctuary
Explore the only native wildlife sanctuary in the Blue Mountains at Secret Creek Sanctuary. Since 2001, the sanctuary has been dedicated to saving endangered native species. Book a guided tour at dusk to witness the nocturnal wildlife, including Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Quolls, and Spotted-tailed Quolls. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Australian flora and fauna in this unique conservation effort. Find out more.
The Japanese Bathhouse: Relaxation in Traditional Style
Indulge in a unique cultural experience at The Japanese Bathhouse. Unwind in the serene atmosphere, enjoying onsen baths and traditional treatments. Gift vouchers are available for those seeking a thoughtful and relaxing present. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Japanese bathing rituals, offering a perfect retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation. Bookings are essential.
The Bookshop Trail: Literary Exploration in Lithgow
Embark on the Bookshop Trail, starting at A Reader's Heaven in Lithgow. Explore each bookshop along the way, heading back to Sydney or starting in Glenbrook and finishing in Lithgow. No purchase is necessary, making it a delightful literary journey for book enthusiasts. Get the map here.
Lithgow offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and relaxation. Finish your day with a delicious meal at Frankie's Italian Restaurant next to the motel. Bookings recommended.