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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2011
Home of artist and writer Norman Lindsay until his death in 1969, this sandstone cottage and extensive grounds is now a gallery run by the National Trust, displaying the artist's watercolours, oils, etchings, ship models, sculpture and Magic Pudding characters. A café in an idyllic setting as well as a gift shop is open every day offering limited edition watercolour and facsimile etching prints and collectable gifts. 14 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 Telephone (02) 4751 1067 Facsimile (02) 4751 5845 www.normanlindsay.com.au THE NORMAN LINDSAY GALLERY Lithgow -- a Tidy (and surprising) Town Free iPhone app www.scenicworld.com.au/bmapp 7 Anyone who hadn't visited Lithgow for a number of years could be forgiven for remembering it as rather dour old mining town with very little to offer the visitor. What might have been true once is now well and truly wrong. Lithgow is a clean and bustling place with plenty to offer the visitor -- not only in the town itself, but in its surrounding area. Since 1987, the city has won a total of 75 awards and was the recent Overall Winner in the 'Keep Australia Beautiful -- Tidy Towns Award'. "Lithgow has finally been recognised for what it is -- a very beautiful town nestling in a valley in the Blue Mountains of NSW, having broken through the chains of its old image as a dirty, smoggy, coal mining town," says the chairperson of Lithgow's Tidy Towns Committee, Sue Graves. "We are delighted that Lithgow is now in the limelight with visitors coming to see what we have to offer." And there is a lot -- heritage experiences including the Small Arms Factory Museum, the State Mine and Rail Heritage Park, Eskbank House and the Zig Zag Railway; fabulous lookouts such as Hassans Wall; recreation on Lake Lyall and Lake Wallace; and a range of good restaurants. Only a short drive away are Hartley Historic Village, Little Hartley and Hartley Vale. In delivering the town's latest award, Australian Tidy Towns national judge, Dick Olesinski, commented that Lithgow's community members demonstrated a great sense of commitment and pride. "Led by Lithgow's longstanding Tidy Towns committee and the Lithgow City Council, the community as a whole is involved in a wide range of initiatives to ensure a sustainable future for their town." For further information about Lithgow and surrounding area call in at the Visitor Information Centre on the Great Western Highway, just outside the city centre. It's open from 9.00am to 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day. P: (02) 6350 3230.