The new 28,322-hectare Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area is located on the doorstep of Lithgow, linking the Wollemi, Blue Mountains and Gardens of Stone national parks in the Central West.
The Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area was formally gazetted in May 2022 as part of a $49.5 million NSW Government investment to establish Lithgow as a world-class ecotourism destination, while conserving the exceptional natural and cultural heritage values of the region.
The investment marks one of the most significant visitor infrastructure packages in New South Wales, which will strengthen the Lithgow visitor economy while delivering important conservation outcomes for the park.
Comprised of 3 former state forests, including Newnes State Forest and parts of Ben Bullen and Wolgan state forests, the establishment of the state conservation area coincides with new additions to the Gardens of Stone National Park (308 hectares) and Wollemi National Park (2,257 hectares).
These additions to the national parks estate have been a longstanding priority. They will protect more than 30,000 hectares of rich eucalypt forests, important cultural heritage, and an array of threatened species and ecological communities.
This is conservation in action – great experiences that go hand-in-hand with protecting the park's natural and cultural values.