Two Day Wolgan Valley and Glow Worm Cave Walking Tour

Two Day Wolgan Valley and Glow Worm Cave Walking Tour - AdventuresTo 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 it’s neighbouring region of the Blue Mountains but is relatively unknown.

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 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.

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.

Day 1 : 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.

Distance : Approximately 11.5kms
Duration : 5 hours walking with breaks
Grade : Medium

Day 2 : 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.

Distance : Approximately 8kms
Duration : 4 hours walking with breaks
Grade : Medium

Day 3 : 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.

Distance : Approximately 11.5kms
Duration : 5 hours walking with breaks
Grade : Medium


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.

This tour includes:

• 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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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2022 - 2023 season. The 2022 - 2023 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023. The 2023 - 2024 season rates commence on the 1st April 2023.

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