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.

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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.

Request that the Honourable Paul Toole conserve the Gardens of Stone

Destination Pagoda for a world-class reserve on Lithgow’s doorstep

Could you please write to Minister Paul Toole whose electorate covers the Gardens of Stone region asking that he support our detailed reserve establishment plan called Destination Pagoda (see form below). This reservation plan will make Lithgow a mecca for families who wish to experience a bit of real Blue Mountains’ bushland but are reluctant to step far from their car. 

Park experts estimate that the new reserve will generate over $10 million per year and more than 100 jobs in Lithgow. The new reserve, called the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, will complete Myles Dunphy’s visionary 1932 Blue Mountains National Park scheme.

A key design element of Destination Pagoda is the creation of low-key visitor opportunities close to Lithgow beside upgraded existing road access linked to the town. The gentle plateau terrain with its distinctive pagoda rocks contain many sites for a variety of family-suitable, low-key visitor facilities that combine to give Lithgow’s Gardens of Stone great potential to attract visitors interested in experiencing nature. 

The beauty of the Destination Pagoda scheme is that new visitor facilities can be established beside pagoda landscapes of great scenic beauty around Lithgow that are need of restoration and rehabilitation, while more remote, pristine landscapes are protected.

The forests next to Lithgow are amongst the most diverse in NSW and contain 84 threatened plant and animal species, including the Blue Mountains Water Skink and Giant Dragonfly, as well as 16 rare and threatened communities. They deserve effective conservation management by the NPWS.

By all means use any of the above points to modify the guide letter to Minister Toole provied below. The full Destination Pagoda report can be downloaded at

Thanks for your support,

Keith Muir, Colong Foundation for Wilderness

Protect the gardens of stone banner
In December 2018 conservationists and unionists gathered at Maiyingu Marragu Aboriginal Place to call for a 39,000 hectare a new Gardens of Stone state conservation area.

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Destination Pagoda Summary and Report

A new plan, created by the Colong Foundation, Blue Mountains Conservation Society and Lithgow Environment Group for the transition of state forests beside Lithgow to a state conservation area was launched on Monday April 8 at the Lithgow Workies. The summary and full report are below. The plan focuses on the tourism, economic and community benefits to Lithgow from the new reserve.






The Gardens of Stone Alliance

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