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Glow Worm Tunnel walking track

Wollemi National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Glow Worm Tunnel walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1 - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    2km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is in the Lithgow area of Wollemi National Park. To get there:

From Bells Line of Road via Newnes Plateau

  • Turn off Bells Line of Road at Clarence (Zig Zag Railway).
  • Follow the gravel road through Newnes State Forest for 39km.
  • Continue on Glow Worm Tunnel Road until you reach the carpark.
  • From here, it’s an easy 1km walk along the railway formation to the tunnel entrance.

From Lithgow via Newnes Plateau

  • The route is signposted from the corner of Bridge St and Main Street.
  • Turn left at Atkinson Street and after 750m, right at State Mine Gully Road.
  • Continue on Glow Worm Tunnel Road until you reach the carpark.
  • From here, it’s an easy 1km walk along the railway formation to the tunnel entrance.

Road conditions and access

  • The unsealed gravel road in Newnes State Forest is in very poor condition with many potholes. While 2WD vehicles can access this route in dry weather, 4WD vehicles are recommended.
  • 2WD vehicles may prefer to take the route from Lithgow.
  • Please drive carefully on the narrow gravel roads, and look out for wildlife.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

  • The carpark is at the end of Glow Worm Tunnel Road, 1km south of the Glow Worm Tunnel. Car spaces are limited during peak times.
  • You can also park at the Old Coach Road carpark and walk along the Pagoda walking track and connect with Glow Worm Tunnel walking track (4km return).

Facilities

  • Drinking water is not available in this area so you’ll need to bring your own.
  • Please take all rubbish with you when you leave.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Carpark

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Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Camping

Camping is not permitted in the Glow Worm Tunnel area. The nearest campground is Newnes campground, which is accessed via Wolgan Valley Road.

Cycling

Cycling is not permitted along this walking track or in the Glow Worm Tunnel. You can cycle on Glow Worm Tunnel Road.

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.

Map of Glow Worm Tunnel walking track, Wollemi National Park. Image: OEH

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Two men walk along Glow Worm Tunnel walking track, Wollemi National Park. Photo: OEH/Daniel Tran.