Valley Heights, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||1,337 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||310 m (1,017 ft)|
|Location||61 km (38 mi) from Sydney|
|LGA(s)||City of Blue Mountains|
|State electorate(s)||Blue Mountains|
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.
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' commercial area centres on and north of the Great Western Highway, comprising light industrial and hardware retail services.
- 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.
- The Preparatory Campus of the Blue Mountains Grammar School was built in Valley Heights in 2003.
- Other primary and secondary schools are in nearby Springwood and Winmalee
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.
The Blue Mountains Bus Company headquarters and depot are located in Valley Heights.
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.
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