Wollemi National Park

Overview

World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park offers a dramatic setting for scenic walks, swimming, canoeing and camping, just a couple of hours north-west of Sydney.

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Discover the spectacular landscapes of Wollemi National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. From scenic canyons, towering cliffs, wild rivers and serene forests, there are ample opportunities to be immersed in the beauty of the largest wilderness area in NSW.

In the southeast of the park, pack a picnic and hike down to the beautiful Colo river for lunch in the dramatic surrounds of one of the state’s longest and most picturesque gorges.

Set up camp by the Wolgan river and head out to explore the historic ruins at Newnes, once the site of an oil shale mining facility, or take the kids to marvel at the luminous occupants of the Glow Worm Tunnel, part of the old railway that once serviced the area. Bushwalkers and rock climbers will thrill at the hikes and climbing opportunities available in this striking, escarpment - bound valley.

In the northwest of the park, Ganguddy (Dunns swamp) offers a tranquil escape dotted with remarkable pagoda rock formations and plenty of opportunities for easy walks, swimming and canoeing.

Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/wollemi-national-park/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Wollemi National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    To get to Ganguddy (Dunns swamp) from Rylstone:

    • Turn off Ilford Road on to Fitzgerald Street
    • Continue on to Narrango Road for 2.4km
    • Slight left on to Narango Road continue for 15.4km
    • Continue straight on to Coricudgy Road and then Mount Coricudgy Road for 7.1km

    To reach Newnes:

    • Turn off Castlereagh Highway at Lidsdale, 7km west of Lithgow
    • Newnes is 35km from the turnoff

    To get to Deep Pass:

    • Turn off Bells Line of Road at the Zig Zag railway and follow the gravel road for 7km
    • Turn right at Newnes Forest Road and continue driving through the pine forest to its end - around 11.5km
    • Turn right here on to Eastern Boundary Road, and then take the second road on the left to head towards Deep Pass North

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wollemi National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    With its softer light, autumn is the perfect time of year to head out to photograph or paint Wollemi's extraordinary landscapes.

    Spring

    With the temperature warming up, dig out the canoe and head to picturesque Ganguddy (Dunns swamp) for a cruise along the waterways.

    Summer

    Escape the heat and join an illuminating tour of the Glow Worm tunnel.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Bushwalking in the wilderness areas of Wollemi National Park

    Vast areas of Wollemi National Park are covered by wilderness: pristine, rugged landscapes that remain basically unchanged by modern human activity. The park encompasses and protects pagoda rock formations, basalt capped mountains, deep gorges and winding river valleys, canyons, hanging swamps, waterfalls and sandstone escarpments. It was here that the ancient Wollemi pine was discovered in 1994, in a hidden rainforest gorge.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're planning to walk in the park's wilderness areas, you need to be an experienced walker with well-developed navigation, leadership and bushcraft skills. Many walks also require rock scrambling and abseiling skills. You should be absolutely sure of your capabilities, and always walk in a group. Party sizes in wilderness areas are restricted to a maximum of eight people. The bushwalking safety pages provide helpful information. If you are venturing into areas of the parks that have canyons, you can find out more about canyoning care and safety. Bushwalking groups often go into the wilderness areas of the park, and you can contact these groups for further information. The following contacts may be useful:

    Maps

    The Wollemi National Park tourist map (1:190 000) shows some of the park's wilderness trails (Hema maps), however more detailed topographic maps (1:25 000) are essential and are available from the Land and Property Management Authority, tourist information centres and some local newsagents and camping shops. Topographic maps that cover Wollemi National Park are:

    North-west
    8933-3-S-Bylong
    8932-4-N-Talooby
    8932-1-N-Widden
    8933-2-S-Kerrabee
    8932-4-S-Growee
    8932-1-S-Mount Pomany
    8932-3-N-Olinda
    8932-2-N-Coricudgy
    8932-3-S-Bogee
    8932-2-S-Coorongooba
    8931-4-N- Glen Alice
    8931-1-N-Gospers Mountain

    North-east
    9033-3-S-Denman
    9032-4-N-Glen Gallic
    9032-1-N-Doyles Creek
    9032-4-S-Monundilla
    9032-4-S-Parnell
    9032-3-N-Kindarun
    9032-3-S-Putty
    9031-4-N-Wirraba

    South-west
    8931-4-S-Ben Bullen
    8931-3-N-Cullen Bullen
    8931-1-S-Mount Morgan
    8931-2-N-Rock Hill

    South-east
    9032-4-S-Six Brothers
    9031-3-N-Colo Heights
    9031-3-S-Mountain Lagoon

    If you are planning a wilderness walk in the park, please contact the relevant NPWS office for the area of the park you intend to visit:

    • North-west section (entering from around Mudgee, Bylong, Rylstone, Kandos): contact our Mudgee office
    • North-east section (entering from around Muswellbrook, Denman, Putty): contact our Bulga office
    • South-east section (entering from around Kurrajong, Colo, Bilpin): contact our Richmond office
    • South-west section (entering from around Lithgow, Newnes, Bell, Mount Wilson): contact our Blackheath office.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park, you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Lithgow (28 km)

    Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

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    Blackheath (58 km)

    The magnificent Govetts Leap waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The 'ozone-laden' air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s, and when you get there, you'll realise why.

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    Kandos (120 km)

    Kandos is a gateway to the wonderland of Wollemi National Park, the rugged home of one of the rarest plants in the world - the Wollemi Pine - and other endangered and threatened species of plants, marsupials and birds. It's a great base for bushwalking, water sports and enjoying the great outdoors.

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    Learn more

    Wollemi National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Outdoor adventure

    Newnes industrial ruins walk, Wollemi National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

    Pitch a tent at one of Wollemi's great campgrounds, like the secluded Colo Meroo backpack campground, the car-accessible Coorongooba campground or the dramatically-situated, car-accessible Newnes campground. With your base set up, you're free to get out and enjoy the park's fantastic outdoor attractions, be they more relaxed pursuits such as picnicking, canoeing and swimming or something more adventurous like rock climbing, horseriding and hiking.

    Nature's haven

    Brush tailed rock wallaby (Petrogale Penicillata), Wollemi National Park. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    It's little surprise that Wollemi's spectacular landscape shelters a rich diversity of plants and animals. The rare Wollemi pine - a 'living fossil' whose closest relatives thrived some 90 million years ago was rediscovered here in 1994, and the park protects an incredible array of botanical species and communities, from open eucalypt forest and woodlands including Hawkesbury and grey box, to rainforests and perched swamps. This variety makes it an appealing habitat for eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and the elusive brush-tailed rock wallaby, as well as the beautifully marked broad-headed snake, regent honeyeater and glossy black cockatoo. Around 55 species of butterfly have also been recorded.

    Geological marvels

    Newnes campground, Wollemi National Park Photo: Steve Alton

    Wollemi's landscape has been sculpted over millennia into a magnificent network of soaring sandstone escarpments, plunging gorges and canyons, winding river valleys and awe-inspiring geological and geomorphological features such as pagoda rock formations, basalt-capped mountains and diatremes. The spectacular Colo gorge and its tributaries form the most extensive sandstone canyon system in eastern Australia. Grab your camera and discover for yourself the breathtaking vistas and natural marvels that make this a World Heritage treasure.

    Ancient connections

    Deep Pass campground, Wollemi National Park. Photo: N Stone

    The area that is now Wollemi National Park has held significance to Aboriginal people for at least 12,000 years. Evidence of this connection can be seen throughout the park, including ceremonial grounds, stone arrangements, grinding grooves, scarred trees and rock engravings. There are around 120 known Aboriginal sites in the park and probably many more yet to be discovered. The Wiradjuri, Dharug, Wanaruah and Darkinjung people have a strong and ongoing cultural association with their traditional lands and waters. 

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

      With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

    • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

      Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

      A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

    • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

      Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

      The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

    • Satin bowerbird. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

      With vibrant blue-violet eyes and curious antics, the satin bowerbird is a favourite for bird watching and easy to spot as it forages for food in open forest. Relatively common across eastern Australia, in NSW they’re found in coastal rainforests and adjacent woodlands and mountain ranges.

    Plants

    • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

      Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

    Environments in this park

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    What we're doing

    Wollemi National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

    Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

    Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Wollemi National Park. NPWS carries out risk assesments for new and emerging weeds as well as fox control to protect biodiversity in this park. Remote area weeding is carried out by some extremely dedicated volunteers.

    Conservation program

    Wild dog control program

    Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

    Exploring World Heritage

    Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the spectacular landscapes of Wollemi National Park are carefully protected and preserved through a range of NPWS strategies. Educational initiatives and long-term conservation projects are in place in this park. NPWS welcomes community input and works to identify, protect, conserve, present, transmit to future generations and, where necessary, rehabilitate the park’s World Heritage values.

    Conservation program

    Vegetation, fire and climate change in Greater Blue Mountains Area

    With its fire-sensitive Gondwana rainforests and fire-prone sclerophyll plants, the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains Area is one of the most flammable environments on earth. Because of this, for management purposes, the area now has one of the most comprehensive fire regime analyses in the world.

    Developing visitor facilities and experiences

    NPWS works to promote positive experience in NSW national parks. To ensure optimal safety, comfort and enjoyment for visitors, the tracks and trails in Wollemi National Park are regularly maintained, upgraded or developed as required.

    Managing fire

    NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

    Conservation program

    Hazard reduction program

    Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

    Ganguddy Swamp (Dunns Swamp). Photo: Barry Collier/OEH