By Lithgow City Council
The 2013 Festival of Walking themed Blue Mountains Crossing Bicentenary 2013 kicks off this Saturday (October 5), and Lithgow will start the festival with several walks in the area during the next two weeks.
Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said: “I’m sure there will be lots of interest from visitors and locals with the walks planned in and around the Lithgow area for the Festival of Walking.
“The industrial history and natural beauty of our area will be explored with the walks on offer and I encourage everyone to participate in this event. You may discover something very special about Lithgow that you didn’t know.”
The schedule for walks in the local area are:
Saturday 5th October – Hot Metal Hard People Walk
2pm – 4.30pm – Walk will start at the Lithgow Workies Club. Enquiries contact Ian Rufus on 0437 470 346
Lithgow Living History Group will take you through some of Lithgow’s industrial history including the birthplace of the iron and steel industry in Australia. Captain Ian Rufus will show you the beginnings of Australian industrialisation and the ruins, relics and homes of the railway, iron and steel industries. The new Lithgow History Avenue walk will be introduced by artist Phil Spark. The Sir Joe and Dame Mary commemorative group will talk about Sir Joseph and Dame Mary Cook who left Lithgow to become Australia’s 6th Prime Minister.
Sunday 6th October – The Plants of Hassans Walls
1.30pm – 3.30pm – Walk will start at Hassans Walls Lookout Enquiries contact Helen Drewe on (02) 6351 3211.
Discover some of the plants of Hassans Walls reserve. Hassans Walls rises steeply from the HartleyValley and is exposed to the elements on all sides. This proves to be a breeding ground for some unusual and unique species of plants. Enjoy this guided walk with a knowledgeable guide and take in some of the sights and sounds of Hassans Walls on the day
Friday 11th October – Sidewalk Signwalk
10.30am – 11.15am – Walk will start at Mick Moore Park
Enquiries contact Ron Bidwell on 0263 555 288
Join the Signs of Yesteryear curator Ron Bidwell on Portland’s Sidewalk Signwalk with a fascinating walk through history of the township and traditional craft of sign writing.
Saturday 12th October – Industrial Ruins – Photography Tour
1.00pm – 6.00pm – Walk will start at Lithgow Workies Club
Enquiries contact Wendy Hawkes on 0400 360 455
Join the PCYC Lithgow Photography Group on a walking photography tour of the Industrial Ruins of Lithgow. Hear their history and explore normally inaccessible areas of the mining, rail and steel industry. Learn from professional photographer David Spillane as you travel from site to site along the streets of this historic town “Australia’s Birth Place of the Steel Industry”.
For the full listing of all the walks in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region and to register go to http://www.festivalofwalking.com.au.
Go to http://www.visitbluemountains.com.au to book accommodation.
Creating a strong tourism industry that maximises benefits from visitors to the LGA is a part of Council’s strategy to Strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.