5.4 out of 10

Lithgow

Ranked 7th best suburb in Central West
-33.4892249663979 150.160034530043
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Lithgow who could ask for more,"

I moved to Lithgow over two years ago and rented for the first nine months before buying my gorgeous little home. The town is small and friendly it has an Aldi and your regular Coles and Woolworths as well. The beauty of Lithgow in my eyes is its location, I travel to Sydney for the week for work then come home to my family for the weekend (this practice is common place in other parts of the world and actually improves relationships and the work/lifestyle balance in my case). On Fridays when I get home to Lithgow after a hard core week in Sydney it’s a breath of fresh air.
The place is located near to all sorts of attractions and your almost living in the National Parks located nearby. Every weekend is an adventure with heaps to do provided you put in the effort. Curling up in front of the fire in winter, swimming in the dam in summer, backing a picnic breakfast, lunch or dinner heading off into the bush or to a lookout and enjoying a meal with a view, watching the sun go down from one of the many lookouts with a glass of wine and nibbles with family and friends. Pop up to the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba for a drink in the lounge, have a Pub meal in Rydal, Capertee or Jenolan caves like I said it’s all there if you want to make the effort.
As for the negatives, most negatives in this town are easily applicable anywhere else. Don’t move to Lithgow if you want wild night life or beaches or you hate the cold. It’s not a nice thing to say but if I meet someone whinging about the place I feel like saying, “if your not happy, move! Some of the moans I hear from people say more about the moaner than the town and I doubt they would be happy anywhere.
If you’re fed up with being in town the train is right there to take you to Sydney for the day and remind you of how peaceful and beautiful the place is when you get home. (The electrification is supposed to be extended to Bathurst which will increase services). Affordability is a major thing in this town and I don’t think you will find such nice tasteful homes elsewhere for the money. My preference is for old homes they really do it for me, in this town there is an abundance of old homes ripe for the picking to turn into you own lovely dream home I drove through the town in 2000 and looked in the real estate window and saw two semi’s for 100k, if only I had grabbed something then. I’ve met people who cashed out in Sydney top up their super, brought a four wheel drive, purchased a beautiful affordable home and have never looked back. Living within your means without a crippling mortgage does have wonderful advantages and freedom attached to it.
As for the future of this lovely place, I don’t know, the Great Western Highway is always being upgraded, more jobs will be created with extension planned for the power plants near by, it may or may not ever change and some people I know hope it never does.
Pros
  • Gate way to the West and the Bluemountains
Cons
  • Good target for whingers.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
RealLife
RealLife Good review Damien1, I'm originally from Lithgow & agree it has a lot to offer & cheaper to live than other places & yes the whingers love to bag the place, but I will always have very fond memories of the place & love coming back to visit Family & friends.
2yrs+
Scrap Cino
Scrap Cino I doubt he really even lived in Lithgow. Coming to Lithgow for weekends is kind of like having a weekend getaway. Of course he will be accentuating its positives. Try working and living in Lithgow. The 'whingers' have reasons to complain. They don't zip away to the city when they feel like it, duh, they actually live in Lithgow so they know how it can be depressing and hard.
Aug 23, 2016
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1/5
Mar 19, 2017

"Think twice before moving to Lithgow."

I have lived in Lithgow some 17 years and back in 2000 it was a reasonable place but time has not been kind to the place. The problem is Lithgow is situated between the nice towns of Katoomba and Bathurst which has always left Lithgow as a nothing place. For instance it is definitely not friendly, the Housing Department are more and more dumping their problem tenants all around Lithgow including the housing commission complex on the other side of the highway. I have often heard it described as the biggest open prison in NSW. You will never EVER see the police unless they are picking up their dry-cleaning or buying a coffee. Just read the local paper for news on break-ins and drug problems. Anti-social behaviour is everywhere and you can certainly learn a few more swearwords just by hanging around Main Street. Real Estate prices are way up in the stratosphere. One person has been trying to sell a house on the outskirts of Lithgow for an obscene price - even cockroaches and rats would not live in it. There is nothing in the way of entertainment save the pubs and the "Workies" which is nothing more than an overpriced nonentity. People stare at you all the time which is the norm. Admittedly you have a train every two hours which is OK but they are filthy, the toilets are a disgrace and the City Rail staff very rarely come out of their office. A couple of years ago we had about 100 mm of snow fall and for hours Lithgow was cut off from the rest of the world = no gas, electricity, mobile phone, landline, trains, road transport and the local radio stations went off the air. The Council are hopeless. The roads and pavements are a disgrace yet they can afford $90,000 for halloween. There youhave it have the next time you take the train to Sydney don t come back
Pros
  • Anything stunning is natures work
Cons
  • A dump and that is it
  • General attitudes of disdain to progress
  • The backwards Council stuck in reverse
  • The majority of people
geppe
geppe I agree. I spent about 15 minutes in the town and I was threatened by two locals during two separate times. Can you imagine living there? I caught the train back to Sydney presto e presto.

The town itself is lovely. The attitudes and behaviour of the yocals was a MASSIVE turn off.
Jul 30, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 23, 2016

"A town on the edge"

I moved to Lithgow to take a job about 3 years ago. I had lived in the surrounding area for 10 years and loved it but decided to move into town for convenience. I had always loved the community spirit I saw coming out of Lithgow. Unfortunately, in the time I have lived in or around Lithgow, I have seen a decreasing sense of hope and optimism in the town. Businesses are not expanding and new businesses rarely open or last very long.
I had to start looking for a new job at the beginning of this year and it has been impossible. There is little opportunity and, if you do get a job it will be poorly paid with little hope of career growth.
The real estate is affordable but that doesn't happen in truly desirable towns.
Yes, there are a lot of whingers. There's a reason for that too and it is patronising and unfair to be dismissive of it. This is a town of battlers. They are mostly good people who want to help but they are fighting a losing battle as the town dwindles rather than building on its potential. The inevitable is happening. Drugs are creeping in. Violence is becoming an issue. Crime is on the increase. Long straight streets make a great setting for drag racers and hoons.
It's not too late to save Lithgow but so far no-one seems as interested in doing the hard work as they are in bashing the "whingers". Sing optimism about beautiful physical settings and cheap housing isn't going to cut it.
Pros
  • Awesome views and camping
  • Great fishing
  • Stunning geographic location
Cons
  • General attitudes of disdain to progress
  • The backwards Council stuck in reverse
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Pretty and close to natural attractions"

Pros
  • Affordable and quiet
  • Gate way to the West and the Bluemountains
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"“A town going nowhere”"

Lithgow is a small town with a population of around 12,000 people. Since the closing-down of the local steelworks and its relocation to Port Kembla, the town has died and has been remained this way ever since. The area is plagued by critical employment and social problems, as well as stagnant economic conditions. The last official figure on the unemployment rate was 7.3 per cent, although some have estimated a real-world figure to be closer to 30-40 per cent when including those who are unemployed but have given up looking for work.

The town suffers from an abundance of negative energy and creepy vibes. The longer someone lives in Lithgow, the more the town drags them down. Nothing ever changes, nor do the people or the attitudes they harbor toward their surroundings. A critical lack of development and a local council that seem to discourage growth contribute to cementing Lithgow’s status as the stagnation capital and laughing stock of the Central West region.

There’s hardly any sense of community spirit and people tend to keep to themselves. Any positive and generally happy person can receive strange looks and sometimes hostilities from the locals. A major lack of nightlife is demonstrated by Main Street being almost entirely deserted by 8 or 9 at night, with the only exception being clusters of cars and drunken people around the street’s 6 pubs and the odd taxi. Anywhere in Lithgow's main valley, the smell of diesel smoke and the long drawn-out noise of a 50+ carriage coal train barrelling along the Western rail line and through town a few times during the night can get to people after a while.

I totally recommend anyone looking to move to the area (or for a “tree-change”) to avoid Lithgow like the plague and instead try somewhere peaceful and positive like the upper Blue Mountains (anywhere from Mount Victoria to Lawson).
LISA88
LISA88 I have never lived in Lithgow but I love the town and I am looking forward to buying a home there one day. If it really is that bad then why are you still there. You can still work in Sydney and live in Lithgow. I used to live in Grenfell and travelled to Sydney for work every week. I would leave home at 5.30am and start my job at 1.30pm in Town Hall and I had a 2 year old child who used to travel with me.

If you enjoy the country life you can easily travel. No excuses for Unemployment if you really want to work.

Bathurst, Blayney, Katoomba look around.

Have a great night

LISA
2yrs+
cwhast
cwhast Hi Lisa,

Just to clarify, I no longer live in Lithgow. It should say "has lived here" somewhere on the review. I moved to the Blue Mountains a while ago and haven't been happier.

Lithgow definitely has an edge over many other places in terms of housing affordability, I'll give it that.

A bonus for the Blue Mountains is the trains to Sydney are more frequent. Whereas in Lithgow, you're looking at around one train every two hours. Most trains out of Sydney tend to terminate at Mount Victoria. From here, Penrith is an hour on the train or about 45 minutes driving time.

I wish I started work at 1.30pm =P

Chris :)
2yrs+
LISA88
LISA88 Thanks Chris yes I agree and Blue Mountains is also fantastic. I know the train line like the back of my hand after travelling up and back for so many years.

I only started work at 1.30pm because it took me 8 hours to get there. Then I would work until 9.00pm at night so it was quiet a long day.

It was well worth it as I got my dream home in the west not at the Mountains but hoping to get there soon.

Lithgow has so much heritage. The Town is amazing. I love the little shops near the railway station and the vibe.

At least there is a train to Sydney from Lithgow from Grenfell it is only once a day and only a bus at that.

Two hours to wait is nothing
Positive energy creates more.

Lithgow here I come.

.
2yrs+
InTransit
InTransit Lithgow is a place you either love or hate - there is no middle ground. You have to make your own entertainment here and there is nothing offering for teenagers who invariably find the town 'boring'. For investors - high rent demand from low income groups. Especially high demand for 1 bed/studio premises. I loved living in Lithgow but the rest of my family didn't - so we moved.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"My opinion of Lithgow"

I have lived in lithgow for 27 years. l have been very happy hear. Through tragedy people stick together and support each other, even strangers. Through the good times people laugh and smile together. The homeless rate is nearly none existant. Compared to other small towns break ins and robberys are low as well. Some idiots say Lithgow has no night life and things like that.... But its a typical aussie country town. most people rather a bbq and drinks at a mates place and go out to the central hotel on a saturday night.
Now for the bad. We have a terrible council who dont do anything for our community. the radio station does a traffic report for streets that dont have traffic. we dont have hungry jacks. employment is a little low. but we are close enough to bathurst or katoomba.

Most people that bag out lithgow didnt give it a go and didnt get into the community lifestyle.

People that live in lithgow really care about people. you can walk down the street and smile at someone and they will smile back. most places dont have half the community spirit that lithgow has.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Lithgow- interesting place to visit."

Situated on the western edge of the Blue Mountains Lithgow is approximately 140 kms west of Sydney. The city has a mild summer climate but can get rather cold in winter. There is a lovely golf course here where you can see native wildlife as you play, there is a swimming centre that is open during the summer months and Lawn bowls is popular with a well equipped club house that also offers pool snooker and live entertainment. Visit the galleries, museums and heritage sites or go bush walking on some of the many tracks which are graded for the novice to the experienced walker and be amazed at the fantastic scenery. There are also organised tours to nearby areas. Accommodation is available in Lithgow to suite most budgets.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5
2yrs+

"A Mining Town"

Lithgow, lying between the Blue Mountains and Bathurst, was in the past principally a mining town. The local coal mines have been major employers here for decades, but downsizing has put many workers in the jobs queue. There is also a correctional facility in Lithgow. The town centre boasts a workers club, hotels and motels, petrol stations and all of the other facilities one would expect of a small town. Most of the homes are very modest, but there is a smattering of older grander homes near the town centre.
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  • Families with kids