The Newnes Plateau Cliffs

Gardens of Stone National Park

Overview

For self-reliant walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, Newnes Plateau is a wonderland of challenging experiences and awe-inspiring views.

Where
Gardens of Stone National Park
Price
Free
Opening times

The Newnes Plateau cliffs are always open but sections may close due to poor weather or fire danger.

Please note
  • You’ll need to bring all provisions for your activity and overnight stays in Gardens of Stone National Park
  • You should be an experienced walker, climber, canyoner or trail bike rider to undertake these activities at Newnes Plateau.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • You’ll need to bring drinking and cooking water
  • You’ll need topographic maps and a compass or a GPS
  • This park is in a remote location, so please make sure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season

This is the stuff adrenalin junkies’ dreams are made of. Whether your thing is bushwalking, canyoning, rock-climbing or mountain-biking, Newnes Plateau is an adventure wonderland.

While you’re here, you’ll catch breathtaking views of the meandering Wolgan River, the high mesas of Pantoneys Crown and Donkey Mountain, and the stunning rock formations that Gardens of Stone is famous for. Deep in the bush you’ll see a wonderful variety of habitats including alpine grasses and dwarf heath, and the magnificent eucalypts recognised by the area’s World Heritage listing. You’ll also enjoy a fantastic array of birdlife as well as kangaroos, wallabies, and gliders moving through the bush around you.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/adventure-sports-experiences/the-newnes-plateau-cliffs/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Newnes Plateau Cliffs.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    The Newnes Plateau Cliffs are in the southern precinct of Gardens of Stone National Park. To get there:

    • From Lithgow, follow the State Mine Road northeast to join Gully Road.
    • Continue onto Glow Worm Tunnel Road just past Bungleboori picnic area (State Forest area)
    • Follow Glow Worm Tunnel Road through the pine plantations into Gardens of Stone National Park
    • The Newnes Plateau Cliffs are located to the east with Wollemi National Park to the west

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • 4WD required in wet weather

    Parking

    There is no parking at The Newnes Plateau Cliffs but you can stop along Glow Worm Tunnel Road to explore the cliff edge; but take extra care – it is unfenced.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    Experience the wonder of the spring bird migrations and enjoy the flowering season for many of the plant species of the park.

    Summer

    Though you need to be prepared for hot weather, this can be a great time to explore the pagodas as deep shade falls between them and in the canyons, making for dramatic photographs.

    Winter

    The light in the mountains is beautiful in winter. Take crystal clear scenic photos from your vantage point on the cliff tops or just marvel at how far you can see from up here.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    8°C and 25°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    0°C and 9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    April

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    135mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Adventure sports

    Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

    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 and 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 pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Hartley (12 km)

    The small village of Hartley features one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Australia, providing a captivating look into the country's colonial past.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Katoomba (15 km)

    Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park. You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Lithgow (2 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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    Learn more

    The Newnes Plateau Cliffs is in Gardens of Stone National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    An adventurer's haven

    4WD trail in Ben Bullen, Garden of Stone National Park. Photo: David Noble

    If it's not enough to view the splendour of the park from your car or the picnic area, perhaps canyoning, mountain-biking the Crown Creek Fire Trail, or climbing Pantoneys Crown or Donkey Mountain are more your style. Come well prepared into this remote and sometimes challenging country, or join one of the private tour companies that bring groups into the park.

    • The Newnes Plateau Cliffs For self-reliant walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, Newnes Plateau is a wonderland of challenging experiences and awe-inspiring views.

    Astonishing rock formations

    Pagoda, Gardens of Stone National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    The geological evolution of this park has produced Triassic Narrabeen sandstone cliffs, slot canyons, grand mesas and the beautiful, yet often strangely delicate, pagodas. These pagodas are formed by wind and rain shaping the Banks Wall and Burramoko sandstone layers that spread right across the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and they range from quite small to over 60 metres in height. They are amazingly beautiful against the blue mountain sky.

    • Baal Bone Gap picnic area Visit the jewel in the crown of Gardens of Stone and marvel at the magnificent rock pagodas, sheer cliffs and endless scenic views of Baal Bone Gap.
    • Bicentennial trail For horseriding or mountain-biking, take the Crown Creek fire trail. This iconic part of the east coast trail reveals staggering scenic views and a feeling of complete freedom.
    • The Newnes Plateau Cliffs For self-reliant walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, Newnes Plateau is a wonderland of challenging experiences and awe-inspiring views.

    Incredible biodiversity

    Gardens of Stone National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Greater Blue Mountains was named a World Heritage Area for its astonishing biodiversity. It contains almost 100 species (or 13%) of eucalypts in the world. This is because of the great diversity of habitats and landscapes in the region. Plateaus, heaths, flat valley floors with varying exposures and fire histories produce the incredible range of plantlife growing in the park. 

    World-class bird watching

    Paper daisies (Helichrysum rutidolepis), Gardens of Stone National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    The diversity of the park supports a wonderful array of birdlife - this is an internationally-recognised bird watching area. You may see such threatened birds as the regent honeyeater, swift parrot, spotted harrier, square-tailed kite, turquoise parrot, lyrebird, and many more. Spring and autumn are the times to see the migrations across the sky. Walkers may also come across rare broad-headed snakes, Lesueur's gecko, heath monitors, brown antechinus, bush rats and occasional quolls. Brush-tailed rock wallabies can be seen along the caves and ledges, and the upland swamps in the eastern part of the park are home to giant dragonflies.

    Education resources (1)

    Wolgan Valley, Gardens of Stone National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund