Wollemi National Park

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesNewnes
FinishWindsor
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 
Distance177.54 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed59.98 km/hr
Travel Time2 hrs 57 mins
Page Updated: 29 Sep 2015

Description

Wollemi National Park is only 100kms from Sydney and makes a great weekend trip because of its proximity. The Wollemi National Park consists of 492 976 ha and is the largest wilderness area in NSW — a spectacular maze of canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forest.

This trek begins in Windsor and ends at Newnes and covers some of the South Western side of the Wollemi National Park.

The road out of Newnes is unsealed and of varying quality. The descent is long, narrow and spectacular so drive carefully. Caravans/trailers are manageable but better in dry weather. Newnes is a good place to stop for lunch or camp overnight. Its located in the Wolgan Valley and is surrounded by high, inaccessible cliffs. Newnes was at one stage in the early 1900's a bustling mining town with its own railway system to transport the shale oil and later coal into Sydney. The Wolgan River runs through the old town and some ruins remain and its now part of the Wollemi National Park.

There is a camping area but no facilities are provided other than a pit toilet. Its advisable to carry your own drinking water. There are a couple of good walks to do from Newnes including a self-guided tour of the mining/town ruins and the Glow Worm Tunnel, formed for the old railway to pass through. Now the Glow Worm Tunnel is home to the larvae of insects who spin silken threads that glow a blue colour to attract mosquitoes.

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Preparation

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TIP

Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.

Permits

Camping permits from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services.
Dunns Swamp - Camping NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services (Mudgee office) Phone: (02) 6372 7199
Newnes - Camping NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services
(Blackheath office) Phone: (02) 4787 8877

Access to Wollemi National Park is currently free of charge. Backpack camping is permitted throughout the park. Bookings and permits for backpack camping are not required.

Fuel Usage

DieselULPLPG
4cyl 25 litres4cyl 29 litres4cyl 36 litres
6cyl 27 litres6cyl 32 litres6cyl 31 litres
8cyl 27 litres8cyl 29 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

This trek can be undertaken all year round, however it would be best to avoid the area if wet.

Closest Climatic Station

Richmond Raaf
Distance from Trek Mid Point 32.55km SE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C30.029.126.823.920.617.917.419.722.725.026.728.5
Mean Min. °C17.617.715.611.47.64.93.64.48.011.014.116.0
Mean Rain mm78.5125.874.248.951.248.931.230.749.752.883.561.6
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

Newnes to Angus Place
Driving: 22.17 km
Heading: 214°
Avg Speed: 50.97 km/hr
EST Time: 26:05
Angus Place to Glow Worm Tunnel
Driving: 45.34 km
Heading: 46°
Avg Speed: 32.22 km/hr
EST Time: 01:24:25
Glow Worm Tunnel to Bell
Driving: 42.59 km
Heading: 170°
Avg Speed: 51.39 km/hr
EST Time: 49:43
Bell to Berambing
Driving: 24.96 km
Heading: 100°
Avg Speed: 74.52 km/hr
EST Time: 20:05
Berambing to Warawaralong
Driving: 5.35 km
Heading: 62°
Avg Speed: 80.41 km/hr
EST Time: 03:59
Warawaralong to Bilpin
Driving: 3.39 km
Heading: 66°
Avg Speed: 68.5 km/hr
EST Time: 02:58
Bilpin to Kurrajong Heights
Driving: 11.67 km
Heading: 108°
Avg Speed: 63.57 km/hr
EST Time: 11:00
Kurrajong Heights to Bellbird Hill
Driving: 1.02 km
Heading: 159°
Avg Speed: 52.96 km/hr
EST Time: 01:09
Bellbird Hill to Kurmond
Driving: 7.28 km
Heading: 108°
Avg Speed: 51.03 km/hr
EST Time: 08:33
Kurmond to Richmond
Driving: 7.57 km
Heading: 134°
Avg Speed: 71.12 km/hr
EST Time: 06:23
Richmond to Windsor
Driving: 6.2 km
Heading: 105°
Avg Speed: 63.05 km/hr
EST Time: 05:54
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

What to See

Canyons, cliffs, undisturbed forest, great walks.

Facilities

Where to Stay

Services & Supplies

Wildflowers

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