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Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area

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Overview

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area was created in May 2022. It covers an area of 28322ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents.

Located in the Upper Blue Mountains near Lithgow, this reserve links Wollemi, Blue Mountains and Gardens of Stone national parks.

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area protects ancient sandstone pagodas, rich eucalypt forests, important cultural heritage, and an array of threatened species and ecological communities.

A rugged landscape of globally significant geological heritage, the reserve contains the highest-elevation sandstone plateau, Newnes, in the Blue Mountains. It’s a place of stunning natural beauty featuring sandstone pagodas and cliffs, slot canyons, steep gullies and grassy woodlands.

This area is of great importance to the Wiradjuri People. It's a significant cultural landscape and has many sites with artefacts. Art engravings and pigmentations, carved and scarred trees, stone arrangements and grinding grooves have been recorded here.

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area is also very important for conservation of native plants and animals. The reserve protects at least 16 threatened ecological communities, rare groupings of plants and animals, including elevated swamps, box gum woodlands, Wolgan snow gum and tablelands grassy forest. More than 80 rare and threatened species make their homes here, including koalas, spotted-tail quolls, regent honeyeaters and Blue Mountains water skinks.

Vehicle access

Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area is 4WD access only. No 2WD vehicles.

Have your say

Have your say on the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management. It's available for review and comment until 5 July 2022.

Public consultation is also being sought on the Draft Master Plan for Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area until 5 July 2022.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

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