A new ecotourism and adventure destination will be introduced on the edge of the Blue Mountains.
The Lost City Adventure Experience will include Australia’s longest zipline and an elevated canyon hike.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the state government invested $ 50 million to transform the national park to create jobs and economic growth.
“We are investing record amounts in our national parks to protect our natural gems, while generating new industries in our regions to support jobs and create new iconic experiences so more people can enjoy our natural wonders,” Perrottet said.
“This new set of reserves will enhance access to this spectacular region, attracting domestic and international tourists with upgraded lookouts, hiking trails, a 4WD circuit and a world-class 35km mountain bike network.”
Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole said it would be a boost to Lithgow’s local economy.
“We expect this new set of reserves to create at least a further 190 jobs for the Lithgow region, not to mention the millions of tourism dollars that will flow into the local economy,” he said.
It is estimated to bring more than 200,000 tourists to the region each year.
The new reserve will offer a long distance walk from Wollemi to the Gardens of Stone.
It will be a six-day walk including accommodation and custom-built eco-cabins.
“This new set of reserves will compete with the three sisters in Katoomba as a destination for visitors and tourists to the mountains west of Sydney,” said NSW Treasurer Matt Kean.
“It will also provide a much needed lasting legacy for the environment, protect and provide habitat for several endangered and endangered species for future generations.”
The reserve has various ecosystems and native Australian artifacts.
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The initiative will also allow applications to extend the life of current underground coal mines such as Angus Place, the state government said.