Old Bowenfels

Bowenfels Presbyterian Church
Bowenfels Presbyterian Church

Although Bowenfels is now essentially a suburb of Lithgow, it was, in fact, the first settlement in the valley, predating the existence of the larger city by nearly 40 years. The village emerged in the early 1830’s to serve travelers along Mitchell’s new line of road to Bathurst, completed in 1832.

Mr. Mitchell named the township after George Mears Bowen, a former member of his department with whom he had quarreled. The arrival of the railway in 1869 enabled the industrialization and development of Lithgow but it also signaled the decline of the road town of Bowenfels.

The first Presbyterian Church (1842) and national school (1851) west of the Blue Mountains were also established here. Bowenfels now serves as the gateway to a myriad of interesting attractions including the Evans Crown Nature Reserve, Mt Blaxland, Lake Lyell, and villages, Rydal, Sodwalls and Tarana.

Lithgow’s Bowenfels Gun Emplacement is the only known inland heavy anti aircraft gun emplacement of its type in NSW. The Gun Emplacements were constructed during World War II to protect Lithgow’s important mining, manufacturing and transport industries as well as the Small Arms Factory. Following the entry of Japan into World War II and improvements in aircraft technology there were growing concerns about the vulnerability of inland areas.

GUARDING THE CITY from the WWII gun emplacements at South Bowenfels - You can even wind them up - down and around great place to explore. Photo by Lithgow2790.com
GUARDING THE CITY from the WWII gun emplacements at South Bowenfels – You can even wind them up – down and around great place to explore. Photo by Lithgow2790.com

World War Two gun emplacements South Bowenfels - at Lithgow Gun Placements - Photo by Lithgow2790.com
World War Two gun emplacements South Bowenfels – at Lithgow Gun Placements – Photo by Lithgow2790.com

Lake Lyell, built by the electricity Commission to provide cooling water for the Wallerawang and Mount Piper Power Stations offers the prospect of trout fishing, swimming, power boating, water skiing and hydroplane racing. There is a camping area with toilets and picnicking facilities.

Accommodation | Attractions near Old Bowenfels

Kookawood is a unique self contained accommodation Stone and Timber farmhouse Magnificent views of the Blue Mountains Filled with antiques and collectibles. Ideal for 2 – 4 adults + 2 children Pet friendly,  secure backyard Set on 200 acres.  Private and peaceful.

Location: Lot 101, 271 Martins Rd, RydalWebsite: https://secretgarden-cottage.com.au/welcomePhone: 0418105543

Eagle View Escape offers boutique self-contained accommodations with a private hot tub and a balcony with river or lake views.

Location: 271 Sandalls Drive, Rydal NSW 2790

This apartment has 1 bedroom and a bathroom equipped with a shower and a hair dryer.

Location: 111 Kimbri Drive, Rydal NSW 2790

Providing mountain views, Springmead B&B in Rydal has accommodations, barbecue facilities, a garden, a terrace and a shared lounge.

Location: Kimbri Drive Rydal, Rydal NSW 2790

Lithgow Valley Motel is a 3-star property situated in Lithgow.

Location: 45-49 Cooerwull Road, Lithgow NSW 2790

Zig Zag Motel features a fully licensed restaurant, an outdoor solar heated pool and free on-site parking.

Location: 70 Chifley Road, Lithgow NSW 2790

Bowen Inn Motel is a great base to explore the Blue Mountains National Park and Jenolan Caves.

Location: 5 Col Drewe Drive, Lithgow NSW 2790

Explore the beautiful Lithgow region and enjoy first-class entertainment when you stay at the Lithgow Workies Club Motel.

Location: 3-7 Tank Street, Lithgow, NSW 2790

Lithgow Park Side Motor Inn in Lithgow provides accommodation with barbecue facilities, a garden and

Location: 42 Bayonet Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

Commercial Hotel Motel Lithgow is set in Lithgow and features a garden and bar.

Location: 198 Main Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

Set in Lithgow, The courthouse hotel features a garden and free WiFi. Providing a restaurant, the property also has a bar.

Location: 1 Main Street, Lithgow 2790

Set on 9 acres, the Bushman's Motor Inn features an on-site restaurant and bar.

Location: 526 Great Western Highway, 2790 LithgowWebsite: https://www.bushmanslithgow.com.au/Phone: 02 6352 1655

A Secret Valley is an exclusive retreat open only to guests in order to preserve the absolute serenity and magical experience of the Australian bush.

Location: 548 Blackheath Creek Road, Little Hartley, NSWWebsite: https://www.secretvalleyescape.com/Phone: (02) 4787 1967

The Comet Inn Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and licensed public Restaurant is set on two & a

Location: Hartley Vale Rd, Hartley Vale, NSWWebsite: http://www.cometinn.com/Phone: (02) 6355 2247

Glenroy is a magnificent historical rural property overlooking the Coxs River in Hartley.

Location: 200 Jenolan Caves Road, Hartley. NSW. 2790Website: http://www.glenroycottages.comPhone: 02 6355 2186

Historic inland settlement with sandstone buildings, café, gallery and historic tours, plus accommodation in newly renovated cottages.

Location: 45 Old Great Western Hwy, Hartley NSW 2790, AustraliaWebsite: https://nationalparks.nsw.gov.auPhone: (02) 6355 2117

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