MUGII MURUM-BAN STATE CONSERVATION AREA
This 3,650 hectare park was declared in 2011 along with approval for underground coal mining.
Genowlan Mountain is a majestic sandstone promontory, with hundreds of pagoda formations, that rises more than 500 metres from the valley floor. A hotspot for biodiversity, it is home to more than 340 plants and 75 mammals and birds.
Mount Airly lies to the west of Genowlan Mountain, separated by Airly Gap. The underlying oil shale deposits were developed for oil export by individual miners in 1893, with extraction occurring on the slopes of Airly Gap and the western side of Mount Airly. The spectacular setting of the ruins provides dramatic valley views, surrounded by cliffs and pagoda scenery.
Near Airly Gap is New Hartley 'ghost town', an outstanding cultural heritage site with remnants of tunnels, cableways, shale oil vents, steam engines, stone dwellings, transportation and mine ventilation chimneys. Great examples of their kind, these ruins should be placed on the NSW State Heritage List.