Valley Heights, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||1,211 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||310 m (1,017 ft)|
|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 about 70 km (43 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 metres (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 is a small historic railway town located in the lower foothills of the Blue Mountains. It developed in the 19th century around the railway station with a platform called Eagar's Platform, now known as Valley Heights railway station, after the colonial politician and treasurer Geoffrey Eagar, who lived in a house just opposite the railway station. In 1880, it was officially renamed Valley Heights to its present name.
Valley Heights has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 110 and 112 Green Parade: Valley Heights railway gatehouse
- Main Western railway: Valley Heights railway station
- 17b Tusculum Road: Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock
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 before 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.
A number of rail heritage items in Valley Heights are listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register:
- The railway station and the locomotive depot including the roundhouse
- The railway gatehouse in Greens Parade, Valley Heights
- Steam tram rolling stock held at the Valley Heights locomotive depot 
- a cattle van, a brake van, and two preserved steam engines
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.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Valley Heights (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Valley Heights (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
- "Railway Gatehouse". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00220. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Valley Heights Railway Station and Locomotive Depot". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01276. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01977. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
- "Valley Heights Railway Station and Locomotive Depot". Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Railway Roundhouse". Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Railway Gatehouse". Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock". Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
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