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Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Wolgan Valley walk

A guided 2-day pack-free 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.

A walking tour with all the creature comforts

Pack Free Walk
Our Pack Free walk has been designed so you can avoid carrying a heavy pack with clothes and your gear. Walk each day with as little as your camera and water and spend your time enjoy the delights of this wonderful area,

1 night at Newnes Cabins
During the tour, we spend 1 night at the charming handcrafted Newnes Cabins. Set amongst the wilderness of Wollemi National Park with its canyons and sandstone cliffs, and close to the old ruins of the former shale oil mining town, this is a place you can escape from the rest of the world and technology.

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed for a maximum of 10 walkers, however, if you have a bigger group, please contact us to see if we can accommodate you.

Our Guides
We call our guides CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your walking holiday is everything you hoped it would be. Our guides are wonderful at bringing the group together as well as sharing their love of the environment in which you will travel.

Wonderful meals featuring local produce
In the evenings our guides will cook up a delicious meal for you to enjoy featuring local produce. All dinners include fine regional wine to enjoy with your meal.


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Wolgan Valley Walking Tour Inclusions

  • Pack Free 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 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

Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Wollemi National Park

Day 1 of our adventures sees us meeting at Carrington Hotel, Katoomba 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 tree fern 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 the cabin set amongst bushland in the valley. Cabins have a lounge, dining rooms and large verandahs for taking in the beautiful mountain and bus views. Tonight sit back and relax and talk about the day’s adventures as your guides prepare a delicious dinner featuring local produce.

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.

.. 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, the scenery was gorgeous, the walk was relaxing, food was gastronomically divine and the overall experience was second to none. Highly recommended!!
Val and Noel

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Tour Accommodation

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 a large kitchen. We will stay in a variety of cabins the largest cabins have three bedrooms. Bedrooms have Queen size beds. Sit back and relax on the beautiful verandahs taking in spectacular mountain and bush views.

Please note: accommodation style and standards do vary across our range of Australian tours based on the remoteness of each area. However, we always choose the best accommodation available, which is close to the trail. This is an extremely remote area and no 5-star hotels exist, however, the accommodation we have chosen is clean and comfortable.

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Tour Availability

We run a few departures every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Check below to see if your preferred departure has a Spot Specials savings of $150 per person. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DateAvailabilitySpecials / Notes
3 May 2020AvailableSpot Special Price
Sept 2020 - May 2021AvailableEnquire for dates


Date of your choice is available for groups of 6 people or more. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
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Tour Prices

Spot Specials Save $150 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures

Save $150 per person is available when you book and pay in full at time of booking on specific departures. (Past Passengers save $250 per person). Special conditions apply see details below. See departure dates page for specific dates.

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

Spot Special Price
$ 649 /p

Spot Special price $649
Save $150 per person
Book & Pay in full at time of booking on specific departures.

Normal Price $799
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

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Past Passenger Spot Special Price
$ 549 /p

Past Passenger Spot Special price $549
Save $250 per person
Book & Pay in full at time of booking on specific departures.

Past Passenger Normal Price $699
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

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Private Group Price
$ 599 /p

Private Group Special Price $599
Save $250 per person
The departure of your choice. Available for groups of 6-8 people. Book & Pay in full at time of booking.

Normal Private Group Price $749
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. $100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously.

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Single Supplements

Unfortunately, due to limited rooms in the accommodation single supplements are not available on this tour.
Solo travellers will need to share with another solo traveller of the same gender.

Discount Information:

  • PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.
  • EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot 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.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

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 NIB 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 deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at the 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, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • 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.
  • Note: tours that fall over a public holiday will be more expensive than other seasonal dates to cover public holidays rates for staff.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible, no refunds are provided for cancelled activities on tour.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085.

    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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