Reservation of Gardens of Stone - Stage Two proposal would
- Offer to the general public that part of the Gardens of Stone landscape with the most easily accessed features and bring the Gardens of Stone to the majority of people
- Create a network of visitor experiences for a new western Blue Mountains nature-based marketing initiative, promoting the Gardens of Stone as the very distinctive
- Other Side of the Blue Mountains - just two hours from Sydney
- Generate 50,000 visitors a year with a direct spend of around $3M to $4M
- Demonstrate how low-key, low impact visitor facilities can provide the backbone of local tourism enterprises, including guided tours on-park, associated with accommodation and similar development off-park nearby
- Provide many and varied natural and cultural attractions that are widespread across the area and highly appealing (e.g. Lost City , Carne Creek gorge and the Wolgan Valley Rail Trail that all have the potential to become iconic attractions)
- Create a number of easy wildlife viewing opportunities exist and several Aboriginal heritage experiences are available
- Present an existing network of touring routes for motor vehicles and bicycles, accessing a range of potential camping areas, bushwalks, lookouts and cultural and wildlife experiences that can be linked into a ‘Gardens of Stone Grand Tour' which could be taken over one to three days by 4WD vehicle or mountain bike
- Provide for these low-key recreational activities in a number of already-disturbed sites where the likely impacts are minor when compared to the existing and future impacts of the current recreational regime
- Ensure better recreation management that could help restore the natural and cultural values of the much-loved Gardens of Stone.
Short Walks and Places to Visit a guide to Newnes Plateau by Karen McLaughlin.