Lawson is one of the principal towns
in the Blue Mountains. Lawson was known as ‘Blue
Mountain’ after the old ‘Blue Mountains
Inn’ until 1879 when it was renamed after William
Lawson, one of the famous three explorers to first
cross the Blue Mountains.
Lawson has a heated Olympic swimming
pool, sports oval, shopping centre and golf course.
Lawson is known for some of the Blue
Mountains most beautiful walking tracks start
at Lawson, leading to the beautiful Dantes Glen,
St. Michaels Falls, Frederica Falls, Fairy Falls,
Adeline Falls, Junction Falls, Cataract Falls,
Federal Falls and Leslie Falls, Empire Pass, Echo
Places to visit
Aboriginal Rock Art
On Kangaroo Street located off Queens Rd and old quarry site has some wonderful
example of Aboriginal rock art.
Blue Mountain Hotel
The first Blue Mountain Hotel was built by Henry Wilson in 1845. It was rebuilt
in 1900 by Sarah Wilson, after Henry died.
The Olympic pool located in Lawson is worth a visit. Here you will find an
olympic pool, surrounded by parkland in a natural amphitheatre.
Lawson Bowling Club
The club house at the bowling club has been created from a large water tank
built for the old steam trains. If you are a train enthusiast you may be
lucky to still find remnants of the freight yard.
The Lawson Markets
The Markets are held every third Sunday of the month.
Enjoy a walk to one of the numerous waterfalls or parks around Lawson.
The South Lawson Waterfall Circuit (4 km) crosses South Lawson Park which contains
Adelina Falls, Cataract Falls, Federal Falls, Junction Falls and Leslie Falls.
You can start this walk at either Wilson St or Honour Ave.
The walk to Dante's Glen/Empire Pass Circuit Trail (3 km) takes in waterfalls,
bird life, lush glades, ponds,and spectacular scenery. This walk can be assessed
at St Bernards Drive.
The spring air is fresh and crisp with
the average temperature around 15 degrees Celsius.
Summer brings warm days with the occasional
cool night. The temperature in the mountains ranges
from cool and damp on the forest floors to hot and
dry on the plateaus. The summer temperature averages
Autumn is a wonderful time in the
Blue Mountains with a magnificent display of autumn
During winter the region receives
the occasional snowfall turning it into a magical
winter playground. The temperature at night can drop
as low as -8 degrees Celsius and can rise to a maximum
of 18 degrees during the day. The average temperature
for winter is 10 degrees.
Mountain weather can be unpredictable
and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared
for all conditions as one may experience quite rapid
changes in weather, regardless of the season.
From Sydney the Blue Mountains can be approached
- Via Great Western Highway (M4). This is the
most direct route and it is only a 90 minute drive
from Sydney to the centre of the Blue Mountains
- Via the Bells Line of Road through Windsor and
Richmond. This road was named after the explorer
Archibald Bell, who navigated the route in 1823.
Trains to the Blue Mountains depart Sydney's
Central Station hourly. The trip from Sydney to Katoomba
takes approximately 2 hours. Trains to Central station
can be accessed directly from Sydney airport.
Several coach companies offer services to the Blue Mountains. There are also
shuttle services available from Sydney Airport and the Sydney Metropolitan
Area to and from all Blue Mountains accommodation.
Lawson accommodation includes charming
cosy guesthouses, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and
Tourism Blue Mountains http://www.bluemountainstourism.org.au
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