Embrace your inner foodie as you make your way along New South Wales’s food and wine trail. Filled to the brim with decadent drops and moreish meals, this indulgent trip is sure to keep you satisfied.
We start our journey in Lithgow, about two and a half hours west of Sydney. If you’re coming from the capital, you’ll be cruising to Lithgow via the stunning Blue Mountains. Whether it’s to stop and stretch your legs for five minutes, or a multi-day exploration of New South Wales’s most popular mountain range, the Blue Mountains never disappoints, especially in winter. This time of year, the landscape is as pristine as ever – crisp, cooler temperatures and an abundance of rain makes the terrain incredibly lush and green. Admire the natural beauty on the Katoomba Skyway, which soars above the forestry, or opt for a full immersion into the foliage on the iconic Scenic Railway, which takes you down into the gum tree–lined valley below.
Drive into Lithgow, and you’ll be welcomed into a quaint and fascinating town with an industrial past. Once a buzzing coalmining and steel-producing hub, Lithgow’s history is best explored at the State Mine Heritage Park. Come here to discover the region as it was 150 years ago through fascinating displays that showcase the lives of the miners and their families, as well as the artefacts and tools they would have used. History buffs are spoilt for choice in Lithgow. In particular, military history enthusiasts can explore the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, which produced many of the rifles used by Aussie troops throughout the 20th century – from World War I to the Vietnam War.
Similarly, four-wheel driving fanatics will have a field day on the many off-road tracks surrounding the township, while Wolgan Valley Eco Tours is perfect for those wanting to admire the local wildlife up close. When it’s time to call it a day, park up at the Lithgow Tourist & Van Park, and head on down to The Blue Fox for a delicious, well-deserved meal. Here, enjoy crispy-skinned salmon with couscous, spiced cauliflower with eggplant hummus, and white chocolate crème brûlée with biscotti. Yum!
This is just a sneak peek! To find out more, read the Winter 2023 edition of Caravanning Australia!