The Gardens of Stone

A natural paradise near Sydney

Destination Pagoda Economic Report Information Days - Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October

A world class tourism and conservation reserve on Lithgow's doorstep. A win for workers, the community and environment.

Find out more about Destination Pagoda and the Destination Pagoda Economic report. Destination Pagoda alliance members will be at

showcasing the Economic Report and answering questions. The Destintion Pagoda documentary wlil be shown, along with maps of the proposal area, videos and images showcasing the amazing Lithgow region.

  • Sat 17th and Sun 18th October from 11:00 to 3:30pm.


Destination pagoda economic report

Destination Pagoda Spring Tour

Four tours exploring the beauty of the Gardens of Stone area and the impacts of coal mining. 

Choose a tour on Saturday or Sunday tour or one on each day. 

Numbers are strictly limited due to Covid-19.

Download the brochure.

Pagoda daisies by Jamie Plaza

Economic Research - Summary and Report for Destination Pagoda

New economic research by Dr Jo Mackellar has demonstrated that Lithgow will gain significant job and economic benefits if a new state conservation area were created on its doorstep. The report, commissioned by the Gardens of Stone Alliance, assessed the potential visitors to a planned Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area and the economic contribution of those visitors to the local region. The research identified the community benefits to Lithgow from the new reserve.

Destination pagoda economic report cover

Destination Pagoda the movie

Join Ian Brown, Haydn Washington, Yuri Bolotin, Aunty Helen and others in celebration of unique and internationally significant pagoda landcapes. These are the unprotected Gardens of Stone surrounding Lithgow. 

Produced by Tom Zubrycki.

"the highest and best use of the area is for conservation purposes"
Planning Assessment Commission, 2014

Gardens of Stone - In Focus

From amazing landscapes with Aboriginal culture, secret places to visit, rare plants and animals,
and relics from the past, the Gardens of Stone region has it all. Watch the Video.

Visit The Gardens of Stone


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 Reserve proposal 

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...

Visitors Map

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.

Gardens of Stone Heritage Report

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.



The Gardens of Stone Alliance