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Newnes Industrial Ruins walk

Wollemi National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Newnes Industrial Ruins walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

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  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    2.5km

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Newnes Industrial Ruins are in the Lithgow area of Wollemi National Park.

To get there from Lithgow:

  • Follow the Great Western Highway west from Lithgow for 6.5km, then take the Castlereagh Highway exit towards Mudgee.
  • At the village of Lidsdale, turn right onto Wolgan Road towards Wollemi National Park and Newnes.
  • Newnes is around 34km from the Lidsdale turnoff.
  • Cross the Wolgan River at the 4WD ford 100m north of the old Newnes Hotel, and turn left onto the gravel road.
  • You’ll pass several camping sites on your left before reaching the Ruins carpark. The signposted track begins at the locked gate.

If walking to the ruins site:

  • Cross the Wolgan River using the stepping stones, and follow the gravel road on the left around 1km to Newnes Ruins carpark, where the track begins.

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at the ruins carpark or near the Wolgan River crossing and Newnes Hotel.

Facilities

Toilets

A non-flush toilet is located at the campground on the road to the ruins.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • Check the weather before you set out as the Wolgan River level can rise rapidly
  • Keep a close eye on children and please don’t climb the ruins. They’re unstable and shouldn’t be entered.
  • Please stay on the track – there are some fragile and deep, hidden holes off the track.
  • Drive slowly along the narrow gravel roads and look out for wombats and other wildlife, especially at night.

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.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Not wheelchair-accessible

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.

Newnes Industrial Ruins walk

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Chimney, Newnes Industrial Ruins, Wollemi National Park. Photo: Steve Alton