Blaxland, New South Wales

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New South Wales
(1)Remains of Pilgrim Inn Blaxland-1.jpg
Remains of Pilgrim Inn, c. 1825
Blaxland is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°45′S 150°37′E / 33.750°S 150.617°E / -33.750; 150.617Coordinates: 33°45′S 150°37′E / 33.750°S 150.617°E / -33.750; 150.617
Population 7,451 (2016 census)[1]
Established 1830
Postcode(s) 2774
Elevation 234 m (768 ft)
Location 70 km (43 mi) west of Sydney
LGA(s) City of Blue Mountains
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Macquarie
Localities around Blaxland:
Warrimoo Mount Riverview Emu Heights

Blaxland is a town in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Blaxland is located 70 kilometres west of Sydney in the local government area of the City of Blue Mountains. It is at an altitude of 234 metres and borders the townships/suburbs of Glenbrook, Mount Riverview and Warrimoo.


Blaxland is named for Gregory Blaxland who along with William Lawson and William Wentworth, led the exploration that discovered a route over the Blue Mountains in 1813. Prior to 1879 the area was known as Wascoe.

The Pilgrim Inn was built c. 1825. It was a significant element in the area for some time, but eventually decayed. The remains, which are now adjacent to McDonald's, are heritage-listed.[2]

The Rev. Joshua Hargrave became a major presence in the area in the early 20th. century, and a significant force in the growth of Blaxland as a village, especially south Blaxland. He built the first church in the area and, with his family and the Calver family, is associated with four homes that still survive: Tanfield in Hope Street, Menahne in Hope Street, Rosedale in View Street and Nardi in View Street. The homes are all heritage-listed.[3]


Blaxland has a number of heritage listed sites, including:


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 7,451 people in Blaxland.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.0% of the population.
  • 82.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 5.0%.
  • 92.1% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 30.2%, Catholic 22.7% and Anglican 19.0%.[1]


Blaxland railway station is on the Blue Mountains Line of the NSW TrainLink intercity network. It is a disability-accessible station.

Commercial area[edit]

The village of Blaxland received a major overhaul in 2001 with the widening of the Great Western Highway. This work included the controversial planting of Canary Island Palm trees along the highway, but also created space for more shops and led to many refurbishments. These changes, combined with the upgrade of Blaxland Station, have improved business in Blaxland.

Blaxland also has a small industrial estate and the only remaining land fill waste facility in the Blue Mountains.



  • Blaxland High School
  • Blaxland East Public School
  • Blaxland Public School

Sport and recreation[edit]

Blaxland includes the Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass tracks. The Lennox bridge(Lapstone Hill) and Knapsack Viaduct could be approached via Mitchell's Pass, but,do further investigation if planning to hike some or all of the way there. It is home to the Blaxland Redbacks soccer and netball teams. The Wascoe Siding Miniature Railway, on Grahame St (see map detail above), open to visitors on the 1st Sunday each month (10am to 4pm).If walking back to Blaxland station after visiting the Miniature Railway, consider taking Layton Ave. which will take you past the facilities of the service station and McDonald's.

It is also the home of the 1st Blaxland Scout group [5]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Blaxland (NSW) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ State Heritage Register
  3. ^ a b State Heritage Register
  4. ^ "Blue Mountains Walking tracks, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H00980". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^

External links[edit]

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