Wollemi National Park

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

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of the largest declared Wilderness Area in NSW, the Wollemi Wilderness. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Property, the park's towering cliffs, wild rivers, canyons and serene forests spoil you with outdoor adventures.

Near Windsor, the beautiful Colo River and its picturesque gorges are stunning surrounds for hiking, picnics, riverside camping and canoeing.

Beyond the Blue Mountains, Newnes campground in the Wolgan Valley, is a great base to explore historic mining ruins and the magical Glow Worm Tunnel, a favourite with families. The magnificent escarpments offer thrilling hikes and rock climbing opportunities.

Closer to Mudgee, Gunguddy (Dunns Swamp) is a tranquil escape to set up camp, swim and canoe. Marvel at the remarkable pagoda rock formations on one of the easy walking tracks.

The north-east of the park, on the edge of the Upper Hunter Valley, is best experienced on a scenic drive or 4WD adventure. You'll find remote camping near Sheepskin Hut, and historic remnants from the area's mining and pastoral days.

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Getting there and parking

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    To get to the Colo area from Windsor:

    • Take Wilberforce Road and Putty Road
    • Or, head through Richmond and follow Bells Line of Road to Kurrajong, then turn right onto Comleroy Road.

    To get to the Newnes area from Sydney:

    • Take the Great Western Highway to Lithgow, then Castlereagh Highway towards Mudgee
    • Turn right at Lisdale on to Wolgan Road and follow around 35km to Newnes
    • Or, take Bells Line of Road towards Lithgow
    • Turn right at the Zig Zag Railway onto the gravel Old Bells Line of Road and Glow Worm Tunnel Road
    • Follow around 23km through Newnes State Forest to Glow Worm Tunnel.

    To get to the Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp area from Rylstone:

    • Turn off Ilford Road on to Fitzgerald Street and continue on to Glen Alice Road for 2.4km
    • Slight left on to Narango Road and drive around 15.4km
    • Continue straight on to Coricudgy Road and then Mount Coricudgy Road for 7km.

    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.


    Best times to visit

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


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


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


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


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    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:


    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:

    8932-1-S-Mount Pomany
    8931-4-N- Glen Alice
    8931-1-N-Gospers Mountain

    9032-4-N-Glen Gallic
    9032-1-N-Doyles Creek

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

    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 Plus 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).



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Kandos (30 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.


    Windsor (30 km)

    Explore Windsor's historic buildings, including St Matthew's Anglican Church (1817), Windsor Court House (1822), and the Macquarie Arms Hotel (1815). Bring a picnic or your boat and enjoy the beautiful riverside parks in Windsor including Howe Park and Governor Phillip Park.


    Lithgow (35 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.


    Denman (50 km)

    Take a step back in time on a heritage walk through the charming town of Denman, which is near World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. Wander past colonial and early federation buildings, including St Matthias Church, and discover the Upper Hunter's fine wine and good food.


    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.

    • Wollemi guided Glow Worm Tunnel walk Join Wolgan Valley Eco Tours on the popular Glow Worm Tunnel walking track in Wollemi National Park and see the magical natural light show created by thousands of glow worms.

    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. 

    • Guided kayak tours of Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp Experience the natural beauty of escarpments, gorges and wildlife on a guided paddling tour of Gunguddy-Dunns Swamp with Southern Cross Kayaking.
    • Pagoda Lookout walking track Pagoda Lookout walking track is a short but steep walk near Rylstone in Wollemi National Park. Enjoy incredible views over ancient pagoda rock formations and the Cudgegong River.

    Plants and animals protected in this park


    •  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.

    • Bare-nosed wombat. Photo: Keith Gillett

      Bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

      A large, squat marsupial, the Australian bare-nosed 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.

    • A male satin bowerbird with black plumage and blue eyes stands in a bower made of brown twigs. Photo: Peter Sherratt © Peter Sherratt

      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.

    • A spotted-tailed quoll walks across a moss-covered forest floor at night. Photo: Lachlan Hall © Lachlan Hall

      Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

      The spotted-tailed quoll is the largest remaining carnivorous marsupial on the Australian mainland. It’s protected as a vulnerable species in NSW.


    • 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.

    • Female seed cone of the critically endangered Wollemi pine tree. Photo: Jaime Plaza © Botanic Gardens Trust

      Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis)

      The Wollemi pine is one of the world’s oldest and rarest trees. Only 46 adult trees and 43 juveniles remain in the wild. Belonging to a 200 million year-old plant family, this critically endangered Australian species is considered a global treasure.

    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.

    Exploring World Heritage

    Part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Property, 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.

    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.