THE GARDENS OF STONE STAGE TWO RESERVE PROPOSAL encompassing 39,000 hectares is located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow and adjoins the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This landscape cradles many hidden secrets wich can be discovered by the average family on a relaxed weekend outing. It also provides significant challenges to attract the most ardent adventure seekers.
The Gardens of Stone is a paradise for bushwalkers, rock climbers and camping families who regularly visit to see:
- Aboriginal sites and rock art dating back thousands of years; as well as
- Incredible eroded rockscapes of pagodas, cliffs, natural arches, waterfalls, slot canyons, gorges and large caverns;
- Rare vegetation communities, threatened plants and animals, some endemic to the area; and
- Rare highland swamps and ancient wind-blown sand dunes.
Yet this landscape of unsurpassed beauty and unique plant and animal communities is under threat. Read more...
The Gardens of Stone visitors map has been created to showcase the area and provide visitors with a guide to some of the more remarkable and accessible areas. Available for $10.
The Gardens of Stone Heritage Report, commissioned by three NSW environment groups, was released this Saturday at Sydney University at an event to celebrate the unique heritage values of the Gardens of Stone. For the first time a report has taken stock of the cultural and natural assets of some 39,000 hectares of the Gardens of Stone region, near Lithgow.