Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Launch events for 'Destination Pagoda'


Lithgow’s main tourism potential lies in its beautiful, internationally significant pagoda landscapes. 

There are 3 film nights and presentations explaining Destination Pagoda 

  • Lithgow. Monday 8th April at 6pm at the Millenium Room, Lithgow Workers Club.
  • Katoomba. Thursday 11th April at 6:30pm at the Carrington Hotel Ballroom. 
  • Sydney. Tuesday April 16th from 6:00pm at the Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt St Sydney. The Colong Foundation Annual General Meeting will be convened afterwards at 7:15pm.

Event details, including location map.

Register for movie at the Sydney Mechanics school of arts   on Tuesday April 16th from 6.00pm in the Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.     After a short break the Colong Foundation Annual General Meeting will be convened at 7.15pm for those who wish to stay for this meeting.

The Colong Foundation, Blue Mountains Conservation Society and Lithgow Environment Group have developed a visitor plan called  Destination Pagoda that proposes to significantly increase the number of visitors to Lithgow through the creation of new visitor opportunities in a state conservation area reserve in which underground mining is permissible.

The area's values can be protected and enjoyed by thousands just through the provision of basic recreation facilities that enable families to get close to nature and then enjoy a nice lunch in Lithgow. It really is that simple. 

Tom Zubrycki, Award winning documentary maker, will introduce his new work Gardens of Stone: Living landscape that tells the story of the Gardens of Stone campaign and how the future of this spectacular region hangs in the balance.

Guest speaker Ian Brown, adventurer, climber and respected park management consultant, will then outline the potential of the Gardens of Stone as a world-class tourism and conservation reserve. Destination Pagoda (co-authored by Ian and Elizabeth Dudley-Bestow) outlines a program to create an iconic, rewarding, must-see tourist destination.

A new Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area can be a win for the economy, community and environment of Lithgow and New South Wales.

For Sydney’s five million residents the Gardens of Stone can become a family-friendly recreation alternative to the traditional Blue Mountains sights.  Destination Pagoda can protect and effectively manage the 3,000 'Pagoda Sisters' in the diverse public forests around Lithgow and establish town as a tourist destination.