A visit to Lithgow should include a quick tour of the Lithgow Blast Furnace Park. It is not only a park where you can relax and enjoy some quiet moments, but it is also ripe with history, both local and national.
The Lithgow Blast Furnace Park is the site of the Lithgow Blast Furnace, built by William Sandford in 1906. Some accounts date it as far back as 1886. Today, remnants of the buildings are still standing, and thanks to the city council, these have been preserved. Walks and railings were added to allow people to get up close without risking a fall.
The blast furnace is a testament to Lithgow's industrial past, where the first iron and the first steel in Australia were cast. It was operational the entire industry moved to Port Kembla in 1928.
The Lithgow Blast Furnace Park is located at Inch Street, Lithgow NSW. It has park benches, a drinking water outlet, and smart public toilets, perfect for a stop when exploring Lithgow and surrounds. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, we visited the park on our way to the Capertee Valley, 70 kilometres north of Lithgow.