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Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Wolgan Valley Walk

A guided 2 day walk

To the west of the Blue Mountains lies the magnificent Wolgan Valley. One of this region’s best kept secrets, this amazing area has scenery to rival its neighbouring region of the Blue Mountains but is relatively unknown.

This of course is changing, international company Emirates recently invested millions of dollars in an exclusive resort in the valley aware of the drawcard of its stunning beauty. As word spreads this region will see an influx of visitors. Wolgan Valley is a stunning region of dramatic escarpments, beehive pagoda rock formations, rich bushland and ancient aboriginal rock paintings. It is also home to an extensive flora and a wide array of native wildlife.

On this 2 day guided Wolgan Valley walk you will travel through a tunnel filled with thousands of glow worms, see spectacular views as you descend from the cliff tops into the beautiful Wolgan Valley and see the historic town of Newnes.

3 day guided and fully supported walk

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This fully supported Wolgan Valley Walk has been designed to include all the creature comforts. No need to carry heavy overnight bags – these will be transported to your cabin accommodation allowing you free time to enjoy your walk carrying only a small day pack. You’ll arrive at your cottage accommodation set amongst the trees in the valley, where you’ll enjoy hot showers and comfy beds. In the evening our guides will cook a delicious dinner featuring local produce and local wines.

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Wolgan Valley Walking Tour Inclusions

  • Fully supported walk with your overnight luggage transported to the campsite
  • Cabin Accommodation
  • 1 x delicious dinner featuring local produce
  • 1 x breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Fine wine and beer and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner. Please note: we advise drinking in moderation as walking can be strenuous. If you would like to enjoy alcohol after dinner you will need to provide your own.
  • Professionally guided – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Return transfers from the start and end of the walk to Katoomba
  • National Parks Fees

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Tour Itinerary

Day OneSTART OF THE WALK
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Wollemi National Park

Day 1 of our adventures sees us meeting at Katoomba Railway Station at 8.30am, for our transfer to the start of the walk. We arrive at Wollemi National Park, driving through a series of rock tunnels which seemingly transport us into another world. Our guide explains the route ahead, before we set out through a landscape of tall eucalypt forest with Blue Mountains Ash, spectacular pagoda rock formations, vibrant ferns, canyons and streams.

We arrive at the entrance to a cave like tunnel, from here we walk under the mountain range, taking a fascinating short cut to the Wolgan Valley and the beautiful Gardens of Stone National Park. We descend into the darkness with our trusty torch in hand, stopping halfway to turn off our torches and be amazed by the thousands of Glow Worms which transform the tunnel into a starry night. Though natural looking from its exterior appearance, this tunnel is actually a disused railway line, which once descended into the Newnes valley, transporting oil shale.

We emerge on the far side of the tunnel greeted by a grove of tree ferns and sheer vertical cliffs towering over 600 feet high. We explore beautiful Bells Grotto surrounded by a stunning treefern forest . Continuing on we admire the sandstone cliffs cut high on either side of the gully and we begin to see glimpses of the dramatic scenery of the Wolgan Valley and river below.

We follow the track along pretty Wolgan Valley creek admiring the rock pools along the way down into the historic Newnes region where we spend the night. Enjoy accommodation in cabin set amongst bushland in the valley. Cabins have lounge, dining rooms and large verandahs for taking in the beautiful mountain and bus views. Tonight sit back and relax and talk about the days adventures as your guides prepare a delicious dinner featuring local produce.

Day TwoWOLGAN VALLEY
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Pipeline Track & Pipeline Pass

Today, after a hearty breakfast, we take the historic Pipeline Track to the top of Pipeline Pass, where a lookout on the towering cliffs provides a majestic view over the wild Wolgan Valley and a great place for a well-deserved morning tea break.

The steep and rugged track follows the route of an old oil pipeline that once ran between the shale mining communities of Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley and Newnes in the Wolgan Valley. Remnants of the pipeline can still be seen along the way.

The first few kilometres of the walk meander beside the beautiful Wolgan River past some of the other industrial ruins of Newnes, but the final kilometre to the lookout climbs more than 300 metres from the valley floor to the top of the sandstone escarpment.

On the way up and down this very steep section of track it is at times necessary to scramble with hands and feet. We return in time for lunch back in Newnes. Our 4WD vehicle then escorts us back to Katoomba.

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Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Donkey Mountain Extension (optional)

For those with a high level of fitness and a sense of adventure, you can extend your tour with an extra day hiking to stunning Donkey Mountains in the Wolgan Valley.

You’ll spend an additional night at Newnes before enjoying a full day walking experience. This tour includes a hard walk to the top of the mountain exploring a fairyland of pagodas and canyons. The Donkey Mountain walk involves walking through narrow slot canyons and rock scrambling. (and isn’t suited to those that suffer from claustrophobia).

300 metre ascent and 300 decent. One hour each way with 3 hours to traverse the Mountain in a complex canyon.

For private groups which are physically fit we can change the day two itinerary to include Donkey Mountain instead. Please note limited numbers apply for this walk.

.. and the resultCustomer Testimonials
We had a small group of 6 plus our guide and it was a barrel of laughs and friendly banter the whole way. Our first stop was the glow worm tunnels where we walked to the middle of the tunnel and extinguished our torches before the tunnel transformed into a starry wonderland. We emerged from the tunnel and entered into a gulley of tree ferns surrounded by gorgeous rock walls with a creek trickling beside us. The views to Donkey Mountain were spectacular as we perched on the cliff edge and regrouped. The whole trip was very easy going and relaxed never feeling rushed to get anywhere. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly, scenery was gorgeous, walk was relaxing, food was gastronomically divine and the overall experience was second to none. Highly recommended!!
Val and Noel

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Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Night 1

Cabin Accommodation

Your walking tour includes one night accommodation in cabins at Newnes. Cabins have a living area, bathrooms and large kitchen. We will stay in a variety of cabins the largest of the cabins has three bedrooms. Bedrooms have Queen size beds. Sit back and relax on the beautiful verandahs taking in spectacular mountain and bush views.

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Tour Availability

Next seasons departure dates are as follows:
11 November 2017
21 April 2018

To check real time availability on all our NSW walking tours please see information below.

GROUP BOOKINGS:
Groups of 6 ore more can request a date of their choice, subject to availability. Email: enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au

Tour Prices

Super Earlybird Special Save $300 per couple or $150 per person.

Super Earlybird Special save $150 per person by 31 August 2017.
Save $150 per person or $300 per couple when you book and pay in full at time of booking by 31 August 2017. Available for next season departures Sept to Dec 2017 or February - April 2018. See special cancellation policy for earlybirds below.

PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 or more can save an additional $50 per person (on above savings) when they book a departure. Choose a date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Super Earlybird Price
$ 649 /p

Fully supported walk
1 x breakfast & 2 x lunches
Overnight bags carried
Cabin accommodation
1 x delicious dinner including local produce
National Park Pass
Return transfers from Katoomba
No credit card Fees

Super Earlybird Early Bird Discount Available $649
Save $150 per person

Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Book by 31 August 2017.

Normal PriceEarly Bird Discount Available $799
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

Private GroupEarly Bird Discount Available $599
Save $200 per person
Departure of your choice. Available for groups of 8 – 11 people. Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Book by 31 August 2017.

Normal Private Group Price $749
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

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DONKEY MOUNTAIN EXTENSION
$ 350 /p

Additional night & day walk

* group bookings can request day two to include Donkey Mountain instead of normal itinerary. Grade: Difficult.

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Exclusive Group Departures

Exclusive departure dates can be organised for groups of 8 or more. Please enquire for dates and pricing.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A $250 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. (unless purchasing red hot specials or earlybird specials – in which case full payment is due to time of booking). Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement at Jenolan Caves House, however this is on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made on-line via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card Fees Apply.
  • Early bird or Red Hot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at time of initial booking.
  • Earlybird Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Red Hot Specials, however transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to injury, minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How fit do I need to be to do this walk?

A moderate or average level of fitness is needed to complete this walk as long as you are capable of walking 4 to 5 hours a day. There are many hours of descending from the plateau on day one and a short steep climb at the start of day 2. We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day. Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.

Do I need to pay extra for a portered walk?

All our guests will have their overnight bags transported each night leaving you free to relax and enjoy the walk instead of struggling with a large backpack.

So what will I need to carry?

Our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. You won’t even need to carry your lunch as your guide will carry the groups lunch.

Do you cater for different dietary requirements?

Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible. If you require specific meals such as gluten free, vegetarian (that don’t eat fish) or vegan, other than our standard menu you can either bring your own supplements or a $50 surcharge will apply.

Am I able to organise an exclusive group departure?

Yes we can organise an exclusive group departure for groups of 6 or more on the date of your choice… email us with your requirements at enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au

If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay a single supplement?

If you are happy to share a room with another solo travelling of the same gender on night 2, there is no extra charge. (If we can’t find another solo traveller to share with you will have your own tent at no extra cost). Due to limited accommodation we can not offer single supplements on this tour.

What time does this adventure start and finish?

We meet at Katoomba at 8.30am. Finish times will depend on another of factors including walking pace of the group, generally we arrive back into Katoomba at approximately 4.00pm

I'm driving to the Blue Mountains where should I park my car?

There is no secure parking in Katoomba, however many of our past guests have chosen to park in the carpark behind Katoomba Railway Station on Goldsmith Avenue (opposite the Gearin Hotel).

How many people are in each walking group?

We run our tours with a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 walkers.

Do I need travel insurance?

We often get people who injure themselves before their tour or something unexpected happens and they are unable to make it to Tasmania. Travel insurance will cover all your tour, flights and pre-accommodation costs and is therefore extremely valuable, if the unforeseen happens. We strongly advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click on the link of QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited: www.qbe.com

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