Lithgow (map) is a town and local government area situated in a valley named Lithgow's Valley (population circa 18,750).  Named by  John Oxley in honour of William Lithgow, the first Auditor-General of New South Wales, the city sits just west of the Blue Mountains on the Great Western Highway about two hours drive west of Sydney. The town is the centre of a coal mining district and there are a number of coal-powered power stations nearby.

Lithgow is the site of Australia's first steel mill. Also notable is the Zig Zag Railway attraction, built in the 1800s to overcome the mountainous terrain of the Great Dividing Range. Although it has been superseded by more modern engineering methods, it remains a popular tourist attraction.

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