Only two hours drive from Sydney, the Gardens of Stone offer many family adventures from picnicking and sightseeing to day walks, camping, nature study, exploring industrial ruins, bird-watching, bicycling, photography, drawing and painting. The Visitors Map is full of suggested walks and trips.
The 28,322 hectare Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area (GOS SCA) was created in May 2022 and includes most of the Newnes, Ben Bullen and Wolgan State Forests. This was the culmination of a long campaign by the Gardens of Stone Alliance (Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness (now Wilderness Australia) and the Lithgow Environment Group).
As the area is now managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), please check their GOS SCA website page for any alerts or closures before you visit.
This map is still the best source of information on the spectacular plants, animals, pagoda rock formations, cliffs as well as the cultural and historic places in the region. The Visitors Map is in full colour, 60 by 85 cm in size, with colour photos and information on the reverse side. The map covers the entire Gardens of Stone region at a 1:100,000 scale, making it ideal for planning your next trip to the area. This region also covers the Gardens of Stone National Park, Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area and the western part of Wollemi National Park.
This map was originally prepared by the Gardens of Stone Alliance to promote the conservation of the Gardens of Stone Stage 2 Reserve Proposal and to showcase the many low-impact recreational opportunities in the area. Funds from sales will go towards the Society’s continuing interest and advocacy with the development of the new reserve.
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For all enquiries, email the membership secretary