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Wollemi National Park

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Alerts for Wollemi National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 01/10/2014 09:26 AM

“We woke to tents shrouded in mist and soaring cliffs catching the first light of dawn – it was magical.”

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.

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Why you should visit

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

Ancient connections
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 Darug people have a strong and ongoing cultural association with their traditional lands and waters. They, along with the Wiradjuri, Windradyne, Wanaruah and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups, continue to be involved with Wollemi National Park today.

Geological marvels
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.

Nature’s haven
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.

Outdoor adventure
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.

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closed areas

Pipeline Track closed - Pipeline track
The Pipeline track (between Glen Davis and Newnes) is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited.
For more information, contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 (open 7 days a week), NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000 (open Monday to Friday), or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

Getting there

 Car

To get to Ganguddy (Dunns swamp):

  • Take Narrango Road from Rylstone and drive for around 20km

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

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 Opening times

Wollemi National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Wollemi National Park is close to:

  • South Windsor (30km)
  • Newcastle (100km)
  • Sydney (100km)

 Bike

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

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

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


Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

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

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

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

Autumn  (Mar, Apr, May)

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

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 17°C and  32°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 45.6°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 3°C and 17°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -4.5°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is January, the driest is August
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 191mm in one day

Safety

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.

Contacts

Mudgee

Phone: 02 6370 9000
Street address: 27 Inglis Street, Mudgee NSW 2850
Opening hours: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday


Bulga

Phone: 02 6574 5555
Street address: 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW 2330
Opening hours: 9:30am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday only


Blue Mountains (Blackheath)

Phone: (02) 4787 8877
Email: bluemountains.heritagecentre@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW
Opening hours: 9am - 4.30pm, seven days (closed Christmas Day)


Richmond

Phone: 02 4588 2400
Street address: Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
Opening hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

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Ganguddy Swamp (Dunns Swamp). Photo: Ingo Oeland