Valley Heights, New South Wales

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Valley Heights
New South Wales
Valley Heights is located in New South Wales
Valley Heights
Valley Heights
Coordinates 33°42′S 150°35′E / 33.700°S 150.583°E / -33.700; 150.583Coordinates: 33°42′S 150°35′E / 33.700°S 150.583°E / -33.700; 150.583
Population 1,337 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2777
Elevation 310 m (1,017 ft)
Location 61 km (38 mi) from Sydney
LGA(s) City of Blue Mountains
Federal Division(s) Macquarie
Localities around Valley Heights:
Springwood Springwood Hawkesbury Heights
Springwood Valley Heights Warrimoo
Springwood Megalong Valley Warrimoo

Valley Heights is a small township of the City of Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. It is approximately 61 km (38 mi) from Sydney and is located east of the township of Springwood. At the 2006 census, Valley Heights had a population of 1,337 people.[1]

Valley Heights developed its own piece of the ridgeline that has been the main route west from Sydney since colonial history, and has some strong evidence of a rich pre-colonial inhabitance. At an elevation of 300 to 320 meters (980–1,050 ft) above sea level, the climate has been considered very conducive to a huge range of plants. The native ecological communities are fairly typical of other Hawkesbury sandstone with shale transition forests, yet exhibit the local specificness we have come to expect in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Current development is restricted by council reserves and National Park

Valley Heights has a railway station, rail museum and the historic Gatekeepers cottage where the gatekeeper employed by the railway lived in the early steam era.

Commercial area[edit]

Valley Heights' commercial area centres on and north of the Great Western Highway, comprising light industrial and hardware retail services.

Churches[edit]

  • St Marks Anglican Church operated in Valley Heights for many years prior to closing in the late 1980s.
  • Valley Heights Community Church met at Blue Mountains Grammar Valley Heights campus, as part of Anglican Churches Springwood from 2005 to 2012. This congregation has now merged with Factory Morning Church at Anglican Churches Springwood.

Schools[edit]

Transport[edit]

Railway[edit]

Valley Heights has a railway station on the Blue Mountains Line of the NSW TrainLink intercity network.

Valley Heights is the start of the steeply graded, 1 in 33 (3%) section to Katoomba. The gradient approaching Valley Heights from Sydney is 1 in 60 (1.67%). In older times, assistant engines were attached here to uphill trains, which explains the existence of the roundhouse, now the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

Bus[edit]

The Blue Mountains Bus Company[2] headquarters and depot are located in Valley Heights.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum is the home of the oldest remaining roundhouse in New South Wales, located 500 m from the eastern Springwood town boundary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Valley Heights (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.bmbc.com.au/