Gardens of Stone Local Visitor's Map
Visit and learn about the magnificent Gardens of Stone region on the western side of the Blue Mountains and easily accessible from Sydney or the Central West. The Gardens of Stone Visitors Map shows trails, views and other main attractions.
Only two hours drive from Sydney, the Gardens of Stone offer many family adventures from picknicking and sightseeing to day walks, camping, nature study, exploring industrial ruins, bird-watching, bicycling, photography, drawing and painting. The Visitors Map is full of suggested walks and trips.
There are lots of opportunities for multi-day walks, rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning. Accommodation is readily available in Lithgow and other nearby towns.
The Visitors Map is in full colour, 60 by 85 cm in size, and covers the entire Gardens of Stone region at a 1:100,000 scale, making it ideal for planning your next trip to the area.
Well illustrated with colour photos, the reverse side has lots of information on the plants, animals, pagoda rock formations, cliffs as well as the cultural and historic places in the region.
This map has been prepared by the Gardens of Stone Alliance (Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and Lithgow Environment Group) to promote the conservation of the Gardens of Stone Stage 2 Reserve Proposal and to showcase the many low-impact recreational opportunities in the area.
There are touring routes for motor vehicles and bicycles which readily link to other routes in the Greater Blue Mountains and World Heritage Area.
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The Geoheritage and Geomorphology of the Sandstone Pagodas: Paper by Haydn Washington
The towered ‘pagoda’ rock formations of the north-western Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, have a heartland of about 600 km2 , mostly at around 1000 metres altitude in Banks Wall and Burra Moko Head Sandstones. The pagodas are of two types: the ‘platy pagodas’ are generally stepped-cones in shape, with semi-regular ironstone bands, whereas the ‘smooth pagodas’ display less ironstone bands and are similar to many slickrock slopes found elsewhere. The platy pagodas however are an uncommon and significant geomorphic landscape feature, and are distinguished by the extent and regularity of their ironstone banding. The formation of the ironstone banding has involved the movement of iron in solution and its precipitation to form resistant bands, swirls and pipes. Questions remain as to how the ironstone banding formed, however ‘roll fronts’ of reaction between reduced Fe2+-rich water and oxygenated water may best explain the amazing ironstone shapes. The geoheritage value of the pagodas is signifi cant, but is threatened by activities such as longwall coal mining. The pagodas and the associated slot canyons of the Blue Mountains are ideal candidates for future geological and geomorphological research. Read the full paper
Energy Australia Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notesMt Piper Power Station Energy Recovery Feasibility - Start Date
How the project works
The study explored how energy recovery at Mt Piper would involve using non-recyclable plastics, linen and cardboard, known as refuse derived fuel (RDF), in a specifically-designed boiler to create steam. The steam would drive existing large turbines at the power station, generating more electricity for use in homes and businesses across New South Wales.https://arena.gov.au/projects/energy-recovery-feasibility-study-mt-piper-power-station/Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes. Feb 2017https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2017-05/Meeting%2039%20Notes%20WCRG%20220217.pdf Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes June 2017https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2017-09/Meeting%2040%20Notes%20WCRG%20070617.pdf Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes August 2017https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2017-09/Meeting%2041Notes%20WCRG%20230817.pdf Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes December 2017https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2018-04/Meeting%2042%20Notes%20WCRG%20071217.pdf Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes March 2018https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2018-06/Meeting%2043%20Notes%20WCRG%20140318.pdMt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes July 2018https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2018-08/2018-07-30%20-%20Minutes%20of%20CCC.pdfMt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes October 2018https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2018-10/Final%20Notes_Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%2002.10.18.pdfMt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes December 2018https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2018-12/Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%20031218%20%20Final.pdfMt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes February 2019https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2019-03/Lithgow%20CCC%20Final%20Meeting%20Notes%2025.02.19.pdfMt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes May 2019https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2019-06/Lithgow%20CCC%20May%20Final%20Meeting%20Notes.pdf
Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting notes August 2019https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2019-09/19August2019%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%20For%20Distribution%20Final.pdf
Mt Piper Community Reference Group meeting presentations 2009-2013 updated December 2019. https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/about-us/energy-generation/mt-piper-power-station/mt-piper-and-wallerawang-community
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The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales. We partner with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment.
The EPA's waste hierarchy is: a set of priorities for the efficient use of resources; this underpins the objectives of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001
The waste hierarchy is
1. avoidance including action to reduce the amount of waste generated by households, industry and all levels of government
2. resource recovery including re-use, recycling, reprocessing and energy recovery, consistent with the most efficient use of the recovered resources3.
disposal including management of all disposal options in the most environmentally responsible manner.
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The Department of the Environment and Energy
designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy.
Total Environment Centre
was established by trailblazers of the Australian environment movement in 1972, Total Environment Centre has worked with Australian communities on more than 100 victorious campaigns - supporting positive change in business and industry, defending parks and bushland in rural and urban areas, driving debate, advocating for pure air and water, and encouraging better environmental policy.
Lithgow & District community Nursery has a wide variety of local native plants suitable for the home garden as well as farms and businesses. The Nursery is predominantly run by volunteers who collect seed, propagate and grow the plants. It also stocks the book Native Plants Hassans Walls Reserve.
Open Saturdays 9am-1pm and Monday and Fridays 8.30am-3.30pm.
NSW EDO NSW
is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. They help people who want to protect the environment through law. Their core functions are:
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The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond book 8
Bushwalks in the headwaters of Deanes Creek, Rocky Creek and Budgary Creek.
Threatened Environments and Species within the Region View all of The Gardens of Stone and beyond books...
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond book 7
Book 7 includes 22 walks in the spectacular southern Newnes Plateau, places that most only dream of. It documents a rich tapestry of experiences that takes you all the way with these adventurous explorers.
Book 7 also includes a distillation of three centuries of European settlement in the area, told in 25 authenticated essays.
The book abounds with rare and beautiful photographs. Find out more about the book...
SCA Drinking Water Catchment Audits
The Greater Sydney drinking water catchments
supply water for more than four million people. An independent audit of the health of this catchment is required at least every three years.
The catchment covers an area of 16,000 km2 and supplies drinking water to more than 4 million people in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. The audit report provides a valuable benchmark for the government, private sector and the community, who share common interests in the supply of raw drinking water and the health of the catchment.
Using the buttons below, you can view two the past audits, containing some very interesting findings regarding the Lithgow area and the Cox's River. View the Biodiversity and Habitats report from 2010... View the previous 2010 audit... View the latest 2013 audit (24MB PDF)
Dept of Environment link to EPBC referrals
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
(the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places — defined in the EPBC Act as matters of national environmental significance. More about the EPBC Act Make a submission
Clean Energy Regulator
Use this site to find out who are Australia's biggest polluters. Visit the website...
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 4
Book 4 of ‘The Gardens of Stone and beyond’ series is available now. It has a comprehensive section on River Catchments, Water Pollution, as well as 48 walks in the headwaters of Bungleboori Creek, Wollangambe River, Nayook Creek and Dingo Creek. For details, go to http://www.bushexplorers.com.au/books.htm Click here for details...
The Conservation Volunteers Australia & New Zealand
recruits volunteers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to join important environmental and wildlife conservation projects. If you'd like to make a difference, please join us. We'd love your help. Conservation Volunteers Australia at the beautiful Newnes State Forest Visit their website...
Founded in 1961, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society
is a voluntary group of about nine hundred members helping to conserve the World Heritage Blue Mountains
region. Visit their website...
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness
, the successor to Myles Dunphy's National Parks and Primitive Areas Council, is Australia's longest-serving community advocate for wilderness. Visit their website...
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW
works to conserve nature and protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the places we love.
It's a non-profit, non-government organisation representing 120 community environment groups across NSW.
Its aim is to protect our precious natural environment. Visit their website...
is an alliance of over 40 environmental and community groups concerned with the wrecking of rivers in New South Wales by mining operations. Visit their website...
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Most of Delta's generation occurs at five power stations. These are Mt Piper and Wallerawang (decommissioned) near Lithgow, and Colongra, Vales Point and Munmorah on the Central Coast. Visit their website...
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)
provides the community, industry and government with free information about substance emissions in Australia. It has emission estimates for 93 toxic substances and the source and location of these emissions. Visit their website...
The Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment
supports sustainable growth in NSW.
- Their work includes:
- Long-term planning for the State’s regions
- Driving well-located housing and employment land
- Assessing State significant development proposals, and
- Ensuring the planning system is efficient and effective
The Department works closely with local government, stakeholders and the community. Click here
to navigate to the Department of Planning On Exhibition. Visit their website...
is a work in progress guide to ultimate bushwalking in the Greater Blue Mountains National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. It is a chronicle of challenges, discoveries, adventures, sweat, and research lead by Brian Fox, Michael Keats and Yuri Bolotin. It is also your key to enjoy seldom visited places, and through words and pictures, enjoy what is literally on Sydney’s back door step. Find out more about Bush Explorers...
The Australia Institute
is an economic 'think tank' organisation. Visit their website...
The Big Fix
is an arts, community and media development service working cross-sector to build social, economic and environmental resilience. It seeks to inspire, engage and empower everyone to collaborate in growing a solutions-focused culture. Visit their website...
Environmental Justice Australia
uses the law to protect and restore Australia’s environment. We will work to achieve better environmental laws that truly protect our environment, for the benefit of all Australians. We will make sure communities have a real say in decisions that affect their environment. Visit their website...
The National Toxics Network (NTN)
is a community based network working to ensure a toxic-free future for all. NTN was formed in 1993 and has grown as a national network giving a voice to community and environmental organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Visit their website...