Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel

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Hello People!

Well, on the weekend i went up to the Blue Mountains and proposed to my Fiance at the Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens!!

Anyways, down to more important things.....

I thought i might go and check out the Glow Worm Tunnel while i was there so i headed off from the Zig Zag Railway in Clarence along the Dirt road. I tell you what, the road was as rough as guts (like driving on corrugated iron) so much so i nearly bounced straight off the road a couple of times!! I ended up at a small carpark just after a tunnel where there was a gate approx. 3km from the Glow worm tunnel.

The reason for this postis that i have a few questions about the location and also driving on such rough roads. Any help, recommendations etc would be greatly appreciated.

1.) If i let down my tyres to about 15-20psi, would it improve the ride a little?

2.) Is there any way of getting closer to the tunnel by car? I had read many articles where they spoke about crossing a river and then having to walk only 1 km to the tunnel.

Thank you.
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Reply By: Billy - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:41

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:41

Yes, lowering your pressures will definitely make a big difference. Mid - high 20's depending on you load should give you a good ride. 16-20 is better for slower sand running.

Where you went is the closest access to the tunnel. Access from the Newnes side is over the river and a 4.5 K walk. You may have got closer in the past but there is a locked gate at the river crossing, or at least there was when we were there 2 years ago.



PS: Congrats
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Follow Up By: SMURFF - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:59

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:59
Thanks for the reply bill!

Looks like i will be investing in an Air Compressor!

Does anyone know what the compressors on ebay are like....they are going for around $190 for the complete kit.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:24

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:24
I have one & its great, so far.
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Reply By: Rosscoe - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:30

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:30
There is a walking track that you take off the Newnes (spelling) road about 10 kms before you reach the camping grounds. Still a bit of a walk. I think the camping ground is called Capatree. There's also the industrial ruins of the old shale oil plant to see.
If you want a good view and prepared for a medium difficalty track there's a track that runs north from the Newnes road abot 10 15 kms off the highway. Goes through the Garden of Stones National Park. Fun drive and magnificent view of the valley.
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Follow Up By: SMURFF - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:35

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:35
Hi Rosscoe,

Which end are you talking about? Is it coming from Clarence or Lithgow?
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Reply By: Savvas - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:44

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:44
Hi Smurff,

I'm hoping to be up that way on the Saturday of the June long weekend.

The carpark you describe, just after a tunnel, is the one that's supposed to be 1km from the glowworm tunnel.

I'll be dropping pressures on the Jackaroo to about 28psi.
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Follow Up By: jackablue - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 13:08

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 13:08
28psi should be fine Savvas. When I was up there in January the road was a bit rough, but it is the potholes that sneek up on you on corners etc. You think you are cruising along fine until you hit them.

I'm sure the track is 1km to the tunnel.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:16

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:16
Gday Smirff
I did thesame drive as what you did....(to the eastern side of the tunnel) and then went round to camp at Newnes. (The road you drove on was the old Railway from Newnes refinery to the junction.)
Anyway, you can walk back from Newnes camp ground 12kms following the railway from that end if you like walking and beautiful views, or there is the Coach road that was the original way in there b4 they constructed the railline. It goes over the top of the range.
Have a surf on the net for "Wolgen Valley" and Shay locomotives.
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Follow Up By: SMURFF - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:36

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:36
Thanks very much for the feedback!

I will be going back soon and hopefully i will have more time! When i went there on Saturday i set off from the Zig Zag railway at about 3:45pm so it go very dark very quickly! I got to the gate and turned back is not very pleasant being out there with no communications, maps etc oh an my spare was stolen so i didn't have that either! I didn't really worry too much as the army was set up at a few points along the road!
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Reply By: Rosscoe - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:01

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:01
Sorry for not being clear. I've just looked at my maps.
a) The road to Newnes (Industrial Ruins and Camping Grounds) is north of Lithgow and north of the road you would have taken to the Glow Worm Tunnel.
Turn right around Lidsdale off the 86 which heads up to Mudgee. Wallerawang Power Station in the distance to the west (on your left). You drive out past Angus Place colliery on a bitumen road which turns into a good gravel road and eventually to the camping ground - great spot on the river. The walking trail is on your right as you travel north about 10 kms from the camping ground.
b) The track up on to the hills is not sign posted at all. From memory it's off to the left as you drive north just past a turn off to Black Fellows Hand (I think that's what its called)
c) I came in from the north at a point where the 86 crosses the railway line at Ben Bullen. Again not sign posted until you get a bit down the raod where a sign suggest 4WD recommended (i wouldn't like to have taken a normal sedan along this track - needed a bit of clearance in a few spots). A good track but watch out for trail bikes. I nearly had one as a mascot on my Bull Bar. I was doing no more than 10kph at the time but the bikie was hooting.

I can give you approximate GPS co-ordinates from my oziexplore maps if it's of any help.
Hope this explanation is clearer.

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Follow Up By: Rosscoe - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:55

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:55
The track about which I speak, runs through the Garden of Stones National Park.
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Reply By: SMURFF - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 09:20

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 09:20
Thank you to everyone that replied, you have been most helpful!

i am going to have to go out one day and buy the other half of my 4WD so that i may come along on some adventures sometime with you guys!
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