Blaxland, New South Wales
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.
New South Wales
Remains of Pilgrim Inn, c. 1825
|Population||7,451 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||234 m (768 ft)|
|Location||70 km (43 mi) west of Sydney|
|LGA(s)||City of Blue Mountains|
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 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.
Blaxland has a number of heritage listed sites, including:
- Blue Mountains National Park: Blue Mountains walking tracks
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%.
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
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.
Blaxland Redbacks Soccer and Netball Clubs
The Soccer team was established in 1965 and resides at the home ground of St. Johns Oval, Blaxland. St. Johns Oval was named after the local St. Johns Ambulance Brigade who original donated the land for the soccer fields to the club.
Wascoe Siding Miniature Railway
The Wascoe Siding is a Miniature Railway was established in 1964 by John Green. It is a conversion of a disued railway cutting from the railway line for Glenbrook Station, then named Wascoe Siding. Today is serves as spot for hobbiests and historians for miniature trains.
It is located on Grahame St (see map detail above), open to visitors on the 1st Sunday each month (10am to 4pm).
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Blaxland (NSW) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- State Heritage Register
- State Heritage Register
- "Blue Mountains Walking tracks". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00980. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Blaxland Football Club". Blue Mountains Australia. Stralia Web. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- "Railway society marks 50 years at Wascoe Siding". infobluemountains. infobluemountains. Retrieved 8 August 2019.