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Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

Wolgan Valley walk

A guided 3-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 3 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.

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Pack Free Walk

No heavy bags to carry

This walk has been designed to be Pack Free so that you can concentrate on the walking and avoid struggling with carrying your clothes and a heavy pack. Each day you will just need to carry your water and lunch leaving you free to enjoy your walk not endure it!

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Personalised Tours

Maximum of 12 guests

Our tours are designed for a maximum of 12 walkers, however, if you have a bigger group, please contact us to see if we can accommodate you.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

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.

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Historic Newnes Cabins

Rustic and remote accommdation

During the tour, we spend 2 nights 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.

Our guests will share two cabins. The cabins have a living area, bathrooms and a large kitchen. Room configurations are:

Cabin 1
Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
Bedroom 3: Queen Bed
(Please note twin beds are situated in the living area however we won’t allocate guests to these beds unless requested as a group).

Cabin 2
Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
(Please note twin beds are situated in the living area however we wont allocate guests to these beds unless requested as a group).

1 BEDROOM UPGRADE
Singles can guarantee their own cabin by paying a surcharge. Only 2 cabins are available for upgrades please check for availability.

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 3-5-star hotels exist, however, the accommodation we have chosen is clean and comfortable.

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Wonderful meals featuring local produce

and local wines included

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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Genuinely All Inclusive

You won't even pay for credit card fees

Our walks are a genuinely all-inclusive experience, when you pay for your walk there is nothing more to pay for on tour. From transfers, to guides, accommodation, meals and even wine with dinner everything has been thought of.  Even when you pay for your walk there are no additional credit card fees to pay saving you substantial costs.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including Australia's best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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NEW Flexiwalk Add-On

Cancel for any reason option

FlexiWalk is a new optional Add-On that allows passengers to cancel their tour last minute and not be penalised. Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, this product gives our guests certainty in a time of uncertainty. Click here to find out more details

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

  • Pack Free walk with your overnight luggage transported to the campsite
  • Cabin Accommodation for 2 nights
  • 2 x delicious dinner featuring local produce
  • 2 x breakfast
  • 3 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
Day 1: Katoomba to Wollemi National Park
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

PRE-TOUR STAY: A pre-tour night at the historic Carrington Hotel can be organised when you book your tour including dinner, bed and breakfast. This art deco manor is in the heart of Katoomba with shops, cafes and restaurants at your doorstep.

MEET TIME: Meet time at 8.30am Katoomba

TRAIL DETAILS: Walk trail details: Walk: Approximately 11.5kms. 5 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade

WALK ITINERARY: 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.

Day 2: Donkey Mountain Canyon walk
Wolgan Valley & Glow Worm Cave walk

TRAIL DETAILS: Walk: Approximately 10kms. 5 hours walking with breaks. Rates as hard. 300 metre ascent and 300 decent. One hour each way with 3 hours to traverse the Mountain in a complex canyon.

FLEXIBLE ITINERARY: For those not wishing to walk Donkey Mountain and alternative walk in Garden of Stones National park will be organised by our second guide.

MAIN WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before we transfer to the start of our walk to Donkey Mountains canyon. This walk is for those with a high level of fitness and a sense of adventure only, guests have the option to opt out of today’s walk and relax at the accommodation instead. This walk 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.

Day 3: Pipeline Pass Lookout walk and Newnes Ruins
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TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 8kms. 4 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade

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. Our vehicle then escorts us back to Katoomba.

ARRIVAL TIME: We arrive back into Katoomba at 4.30pm.

.. 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 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

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a specials savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DateAvailabilitySpecials / Notes
April 2020AvailableEarlybird Saving Savings

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
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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$0 Deposit - Book now and pay later + COVID Booking Guarantee

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Looking forward to your next walking holiday? Why just dream when you can start planning now. With some uncertainty when border restrictions and other social restrictions will be eased, our ‘book now, pay later’ offer is designed to ensure you can book your next holiday now without the financial risk + our COVID Booking Guarantee see details below. With a $0 deposit there's never been a better time to book a holiday!

All you need to do is press the 'book now' button below and then select your preferred departure date. Fill in your details and then press submit. Depending on what you book your deposit or full payments will be required by 31 August 2020. (unless booking our new June to August 2020 departures which require full payment 2 weeks prior to departure). For new bookings only. See full conditions on link below.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER SUPER EARLYBIRD From
$ 1199 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us

DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*…….$1199
Normal Price…………………$1399

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below. Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 31 August 2020. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*……$1099
Normal Price………………. $1299

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 31 August 2020. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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$ 1099 /p

Your own Private Group of 8 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
DEPARTURES:
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*……$1099
Normal Price………………. $1299

Additional Past Passenger discount not available.

*Special Group or Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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The following extras can be purchased with your tour

UPGRADE TO YOUR OWN CABIN:
Choose to upgrade to your own cabin. Add $335.
Please note only 2 cabins are available for upgrades. Subject to availability at time of booking.
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PRE-TOUR NIGHT PACKAGE:
Choose a pre-tour night at the historic Carrington Hotel in the heart of Katoomba. Package includes
– Colonial Room
– 2 x Dinners on night 1 of arrival
– 2 x breakfasts the following day.
$199 per person twin share or
$322 solo traveller
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FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
Cancel for Any Reason:

Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason.
Price: $139 per person.
See conditions below for full details.
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Book Now Pay Later Offer + COVID Booking Guarantee

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FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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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 $300 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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