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 4-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, explore amazing Donkey Mountain and see the historic town of Newnes.
NOTE: This tour includes an arrival day (including accommodation) and 3 days walking.
Due to the limited access to Wolgan Valley, our September 2023 – April 2024 departures will have a revised itinerary. Please click the link below to view the revised itinerary:
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: Walk trail details: Walk: Approximately 11.5kms. 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 9.00am, 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.
TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 8kms. 4 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade.
TERRAIN: The first section of the track climbs steadily, gaining 120m in elevation. A second climb is much steeper, rising 200m in elevation. There is a short scramble at one point up a rock slab. You then return the same way, descending steeply. The track is mostly well-formed natural trail with a compact surface but some rocks to watch out for.
WALK ITINERARY: 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. In the afternoon choose from the Philosophers walk which takes us along the base of Old Baldy cliffs, exploring landscapes of orchids and mossy rock sculptures. Alternatively travel to Maiyingu Marragu (Blackfellows Hands) known as an important indigenous meeting place for the Wiradjuri people. The location has significant rock art and shelters. Afterwards we return to the cabins for a relaxing dinner with wine.
ARRIVAL TIME: We arrive back into Katoomba at 4.30pm.
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. Afterwards we return to Katoomba finishing at approximately 4:00pm
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