The new incarnation of LithGlow will be bigger and brighter than ever, with Lithgow City Council collaborating with a range of museums and industrial locations to showcase and celebrate the city’s remarkable story of industrial innovation dating back to the late nineteenth century.
The event has been repositioned and will no longer be held in the summer months. LithGlow Fire and Lights won’t be on during daylight saving time, instead running on May 12 and 13, and will be more family friendly, as events will kick-off earlier in the evenings.
At Blast Furnace Park on Saturday, May 12, there will be an evening of fantastic family fun as the Fire and Light Show colours the sky. The official opening of the park will start at 4.30pm followed by markets, music and entertainment. Special elevated walking platforms will allow visitors to walk through the fiery heart of the once powerful Blast Furnace.
Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking Tour
Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes - the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery – on a half day walking tour, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, the remote township of Newnes and the Wolgan River.
- Saturday, May 12 at 9am. Cost: $80pp. Bookings essential at Eventbrite or for more information call 0439 464 660.
Our Heritage Virtual Reality Experience
Be immersed in a virtual reality film which explores the diverse heritage of NSW and its people. Our heritage is not only found in the things we and our ancestors have built or achieved; it lives in the land, the people, and the stories we tell.
- Saturday, May 12, from 5.30pm-10pm at Blast Furnace Park, Inch Street.
Glow Worm Tunnel Hike
Following the historical footprint of the Wolgan Valley Railway, the Glow Worm Tunnel Hike traverses often steeply graded and densely forested slopes onto spectacular panoramic views of the Wolgan Valley.
The nine-kilometre trail meanders through fern tree laden gorges, sandstone pagodas and canyons and mountain streams to the aptly named Glow Worm Tunnel.
Entering the former railway tunnel in complete darkness, view a celestial experience – the emergence of thousands of glow worms.
- Sunday, May 13, at 9am. Cost $80pp. Bookings essential at Eventbrite or for more information call 0439 464 660.
Heritage Train Rides
Please note that due to mechanical issues the scheduled Heritage Train Rides have been cancelled.
Visit the LithGlow website (www.lithglow.lithgow.com) for information on the extensive range of events being held.