This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:
1 Night at The Carrington Hotel
The historic Carrington Hotel in the heart of Katoomba is a local landmark. The elegant hotel has a character of a bygone era. You will be staying in a Colonial room (king or twin).
2 Nights at Black Gold Motel
Nestled in the Seven Valleys, Black Gold was originally the old Wallerawang School, built in 1881. Through a series of imaginative transformations since 1995, Black Gold Motel & The Crib Room Restaurant was created – a clean, comfortable, unique, award-winning experience. Surrounded by world-class attractions such as the Glow Worm Tunnel, Zig Zag Railway, Capertee Valley, Jenolan Caves, and Wolgan Valley.
Today is an arrival day. Make your own way to the historic Carrington Hotel in the heart of Katoomba for one night in a Colonial Room (king or twin). This landmark, art deco manor is in the heart of Katoomba with shops, cafes and restaurants at your doorstep. Tonight enjoy a free evening to explore one of the many restaurants in Katoomba, alternatively dine in the hotel’s restaurant. (own expense)
TRAIL DETAILS: 4-5 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade.
TERRAIN: Can be a bit wet and slippery, rocky and uneven on one short section of the walk but otherwise a well-formed natural trail and old railway cutting. Relatively flat, but a steady to steep descent towards the end.
WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast meet your guides in the foyer of The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba at 8:30 am, for our transfer to the start of the walk. We arrive at Wollemi National Park, driving through a series of rock tunnels that 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. 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 the beautiful Bells Grotto surrounded by a stunning tree fern forest. We will then loop back to Newnes Plateau.
After our walk, we transfer to the cozy Black Gold Motel, where you will spend the next 2 nights. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at the Motel’s restaurant.
TRAIL DETAILS: Walk: Approximately 13kms. 5 hours walking with breaks. 250m ascent
TERRAIN: Narrow canyon to pass through at times. Rope ladders will need to be climbed some rock walls. Some steep inclines.
FLEXIBLE ITINERARY: Optional 3km shorter walk also available
MAIN WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before we transfer to the start of our walk. Today we walk through pretty Deep Pass Canyon, this relatively unknown canyon abounds with lovely rockpools and waterfall and lush vegetation. Tonight enjoy dinner with wine at the Motel’s restaurant.
TRAIL DETAILS: Walk: Approximately 7.2kms. 3 hours walking with breaks. Moderate Grade.
TERRAIN: A well-formed natural trail for most of the way. Some rocky sections. Steep inclines towards the end.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, your guides will transfer you to the start of the Lockleys Pylon trail. This scenic walk takes you through the heath to a small peak overlooking eucalypt forests of the Grose Valley. Climb up to Lockleys Pylon and take in the spectacular Golden sandstone cliffs of Mount Hay and Mount Banks. Afterward the walk, we return to Katoomba finishing at approximately 3:30pm.