Spectacular rock formations, ever changing with the light, ragged outlines towering against the endless Australian sky.
The melodic call of a lyrebird echoing through the silence of the bush. The smell of eucalypts and sun-baked rock. The sounds, sights and scents of the Gardens of Stone leave a unique imprint on visitors' senses. Can you imagine being there? Stay a little longer.
Photo: G. Hayes
One by one, the swamps are falling silent. Dead, from underground mining. Almost half of them are already gone. The creeks are turning black with waste water from the mines. The Gardens of Stone, a spectacular landscape of rock formations and fern gullies, home to endangered plants and animals, is under threat from irreversible damage.
The Gardens of Stone, a natural wonderland so close to Australia’s largest city, needs your support today to be preserved into the future, as a breathing space for Sydney and its people, for its natural beauty and ecological significance, for its unique Aboriginal heritage and for the future of its endangered plants and animals.
Our campaign to protect these assets as a State Conservation Area will continue until we succeed, but we cannot do it without you.
Please, donate today to the Gardens of Stone Campaign and help preserve what is one of Australia’s great natural landscapes – for its plants and animals, for its natural beauty and for the people of Australia.
What makes it so special?
The Gardens of Stone, so close to its counterpart, the sparkling urban landscape of Sydney, the Australian Bush is more spectacular and more accessible than just about anywhere, yet just off the tourist track.
Here, on the Western side of the Blue Mountains, near the historic town of Lithgow, is a playground for bushwalkers, rock climbers and camping families.
Yet this landscape of unsurpassed beauty and unique plant and animal communities is under threat.
More than 39,000 hectares of unique bushland is unprotected and exposed to continuous threats from mining. Several coal mines in the region have already degraded the rivers and swamps of the Gardens of Stone, and if business out here continues as usual it is only a matter of time before the damage is beyond redemption. Much of the area is currently State Forest and does not receive effective management of its many values, including;
- Rare landforms such as pagodas, montane sand dunes and highland swamps, cliffs, natural arches, waterfalls, slot canyons, gorges and large caverns.
- Threatened plants and animals and rare vegetation communities, including two critically endangered animals that are restricted to the swamps.
- Many Aboriginal rock art and other sites dating back thousands of years.
The Gardens of Stone Alliance of environment groups is leading a campaign to reserve the Newnes Plateau and other sandstone uplands adjoining Wollemi National Park and Gardens of Stone National Park. Only when reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act will its beauty, unique ecosystems and value as a recreational haven for visitors be protected in perpetuity.