The thought of keeping occupied over the holidays can be quite daunting, especially if you are staying at home! But the Lithgow district is full of many opportunities for families of all interests. It doesn’t matter if you want to play, explore or learn something new, there’s something in the Lithgow region for you.
I have been enjoying seeing some of the amazing things we have in our own backyard these holidays. A highlight for me was a visit to the Small Arms factory with Thomas, look out for details in this weeks paper.Rich Evans - Editor
For those who want to play
If you are after a day of family fun and you need to cool down, the pool is the place for you. The Lithgow aquatic centre and Portland Pool are two destinations that will guarantee family fun.
The Lithgow pool features a splash park for the little kids, as well as a jumping pillow and a 50m pool for the older kids and adults. The centre also includes kiosk and a Barbeque area for a lovely way to have a meal with the family on a hot summer day.
The Portland Pool features plenty of shaded area, Olympic size pool and is the only facility in the region to provide diving boards. The pool also features a kiosk and a generously sized baby pool.
Our area has plenty of lovely parks for a family picnic and play time for the children. A strongly recommended park is Queen Elizabeth Park as it boasts both beauty and amusement.
Queen Elizabeth Park features a recently upgraded play area including a merry-go-round and a bouncy SUV. There a plenty of trees for shade and Gardens to play hide and seek in as well as long footpaths to ride a scooter or bike on.
Both Lake Lyell and Lake Wallace are well worth a visit. Lake Wallace in Wallerwang features an up to date play and picnic area surrounded by a beautiful view of the water. A visit to the lake could be for a simple family picnic, walk or various water activities such as Kayaking.
For those who want to explore
The area is full of beautiful look outs from which we can admire the beauty of our region.
Hassan’s Walls lookout is central to Lithgow and features the recently installed boardwalk to catch a glimpse of the town and surrounding area. The lookout is accessible by car, but is also walkable for the extra adventurous who wish to make a day out if it.
Pearson’s lookout is just before Capertee on the Mudgee Road. It offers panoramic views of the Capertee Valley – the largest enclosed valley in Australia. Surrounded by the wonders of World Heritage listed wilderness, the Capertee valley is, in fact, the world’s second largest canyon. Capertee is 1 kilometre longer than the Grand Canyon (but not quite as deep).
The Glow Worm Tunnel
A beautiful walk through Wollemi National Park before arriving to the tunnel. The tunnel is 400 metres in length and is illuminated by Glow worms. It essential that you take a torch with you as the tunnel is incredibly dark, good walking shoes are also strongly recommended.
Visit one of the oldest homes in Lithgow. Eskbank house is not only a historic home, but also a museum that features exhibitions of local relics. Eskbank house is home to one of the largest collections of Lithgow pottery in the country. You are guaranteed to feel Lithgow nostalgia. The grounds of the home are beautiful and definitely worth a look around.
For those who want to Learn and Create
The community often holds a range of workshops to educate and inspire people of all ages. A workshop you won’t want your creative children to miss out on is the Waste2art with Ludwina at Eskbank House on the 15th and 22nd of January at Eskbank House. Each workshop cost $35 (includes morning tea and materials)
Workshop One: Recommended Ages 5-8, 10am – 12 pm, Thursday 15 January 2015
Workshop Two: Recommended Ages 8-14, 10am – 12pm, Thursday 22 January 2015
Booking forms are available at Eskbank House, Lithgow/ Wallerawang/ Portland Libraries and Lithgow City Council.
The Lithgow regional Library and its branches offer a quiet place to read, research and relax. If your family is looking for a way to expand their minds, take a break from the real world and engage with each other, there is no better place than the Library.