Everything is under one roof at the 4 star Lithgow Workies Club Motel. You can literally check-in and not need to go outside again until you check-out. Restaurants, cafes and entertainment are all within the complex. This is a distinct advantage in the winter months given Lithgow is located on the escarpment of the Blue Mountains.
Lithgow Workies Club Motel has recently celebrated its first birthday so its fresh and modern inside and out. It’s always a pleasure when we walk into an accessible hotel room to find a spacious and thoughtfully designed space. Extra room makes manoeuvring a wheelchair and storing luggage much easier.
Rooms can be made up as a king bed or twin bedded room depending on your requirements. All features in the room are lowered including the bed.
The spacious room allows for transferring from a wheelchair on either side of the bed.
The walls are decorated with canvas pictures of photographs taken in the Lithgow area.
The accessible rooms we inspected have views of the garden and bowling green.
Lowered hanging space is available in the wardrobes of the accessible rooms.
The accessible bathrooms are large and allow plenty of room for guests to transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet or shower bench.
Grab rails are located around the toilet and shower. A flip-down shower seat and adjustable shower head are available for showering. Even the toilet brush is raised to make it easier to reach. I’ve never seen that before.
There’s a wheelchair accessible sink, lever taps, lowered magnify mirror and a trolley for toiletries. Light switches are regular switches.
You can read more about the accommodation at Lithgow Workies Club Motel here.
Accessible parking is available to guests in an open air carpark at the motel. There’s a covered drop off area at the motel.
Lift access is available throughout the motel.
We really like this hotel and think the rooms have fantastic access.
The hotel is connected to the dining and entertainment at Lithgow Workies Club through wide internal hallways.
Given that BJ isn’t one for lingering over a meal, we didn’t try the enticing a la carte menu offered by Esk. If Hubby and I were staying minus children, this is where we’d go, I had my eye on the Kandos triple cut Lamb Chop roasted with Lamb Shoulder Pie, brown mushrooms, pea puree & rosemary jus. Esk offers children’s meals at the reasonable price of $15.
For our eat and run guy the bistro was the perfect choice for dinner. It offers a wide range of options so there was something for everyone in our family. BJ was very happy with his crumbed fish, chips and vegetables. Meals are reasonably priced but if you are looking for more of a snack rather than a meal, Cino café has a range of sandwiches, wraps, pizza and burgers.
It only costs $12 to become a member of Lithgow Workies Club and as a member you’ll receive a discount on accommodation and dining. $12 well spent I’d say! Just remember to join prior to paying for your accommodation.
WIZARDS KIDS LOUNGE
If you’re travelling with kids and like BJ they’re not fans of sitting over a long meal, check out the Wizards Kids Lounge. Qualified and trained childcare workers supervise kids in the lounge area which is equipped with the latest games, DVDs, a soft play area, books, colouring in and more.
When you check your child into the lounge you will be supplied with a buzzer which is used to call parents back if your child needs you or if your child needs to go to the bathroom.
The Wizards Kids lounge also has a designated party area for kid’s birthday parties, with full catering facilities available for up to 15 children. The space is wheelchair accessible.
CONFERENCE & ENTERTAINMENT
Lithgow Workies Club has many visiting performers but I particularly liked this function room for conferences. It’s hard to find conference facilities with good accessible features including accommodation, dining, accessible parking and stage with ramp.
This room also has a hearing loop fitted.
A big thanks to Julie at Lithgow Workies for the tour and for shouting our family dinner. All opinions are our own and based on our experience.
MAKE SURE YOU VISIT
Although many people use Lithgow as a stop on their way to another destination there are pretty drives around the town itself, the Blue Mountains is just a short drive away and there’s the picturesque Hartley Historic Site nearby.
Our must-see in Lithgow is Hassans Walls Lookout which is only minutes from Lithgow’s town centre. Here you’ll find The Sir Joseph Cook accessible boardwalk which provides easy access to magnificent 180 degree views of the Blue Mountains escarpment and valleys below. Hassans Walls lookout is the highest scenic lookout (1130m) in the Greater Blue Mountains region and was declared a reserve in 1895.
We visited the lookout during the day and after seeing the vast views and accessibility we decided to return for sunset the same evening.
It was worth the trip back. As the sun dipped down from view, the colours rippled across the horizon, leaving us with a bright full moon shining on a pinkish mountain view.