Is ther another way out of Newnes in the Wollemi NP

Submitted: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:06
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We are looking at something close to Sydney for a "family" weekend.

Does anyone have details of a way out of Newnes in the Wollemi NP near Lithgow, other than back to the Zig Zag area? Maybe Glen Davis or anywhere.

All 4WD's with a couple of the drivers (not me) quite experienced but haven't been to that area.

Phil
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Reply By: Redback - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:22

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:22
No, one way in, one way out.

I'm assuming you mean Newnes Pub camping area.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:36

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:36
Thats the place Baz. Something close and easy for the two elderly members who wish to be part.
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Follow Up By: timglobal - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:28

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:28
It's a longer detour, but you could exit via west Baal Bone Gap and then back on the highway from Cullen Bullen, instead of Blackfellows Hand Trail / Zigzag.
You could also tag on a trip extension around Mt Walker or even to Jenolan State Forest. There is something for all levels around there.

T
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:49

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:49
Sounds interesting Tim.

Is that from Newnes south to Angus Place and then NW through Ben Bullen SF and out to the Mudgee Road.?

I am not familiar with Baal Bone Gap. Where is it?

We had Yerranderie as an alternative.

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Reply By: Member -Signman - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:29

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:29
Hi Phil..
For about $20- get yourself a little book called "4WD Treks around Sydney"- Will give you details of the Newnes trip- plus other good ones !!

73s



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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:55

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:55
Thanks David

I have been following tracks on Google Earth and Google maps that lead beyond the Newnes pub. They just seem to stop. There is some evidence of tracks further on but the links are hard to see. If you follow the creek that these tracks follow it runs into the Colo River with Upper Colo Road on its southern bank. As were the tracks. They also were on the southern bank.

We don't need it rough. The cars will be fine but the two passengers we mentioned before may not like it too much.

I will check the book out. I thought we had one of them but blowed if I can find it. Its in safe place.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Rod, Sydney - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:19

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:19
Hi.

If you're looking at areas near Sydney and near National Parks you will find most gates stopping your progress. If the track is not shown on the Tourist maps it is unlikely you will get access.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:30

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:30
Thats more than likely the case Rod. And its easy to understand why as well.

There is also Yengo and areas up above Wisemans.

Plenty of time and thanks for the input. I will pass it on to the team.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:11

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:11
Hey Phil...as redback said, there are NO tracks that lead out of the valley that Newnes is in....the only way out is to walk along the glow worm tunnel track or back up the tar road coming in..
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:20

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 13:20
Thanks all. Pity.Newnes looked good. Maybe another place. Too close to the tar for my liking.

As I said heaps of time. We will find somewhere. Just don't want all Sydney to be there if you get my drift.

Have a good weekend
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Reply By: briann532 - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:04

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:04
vk1dx,

As others have said, one road in, one road out.
However as an alternate exit, instead of taking Blackfellows hand road on the left on the way out, you can continue on past Wallerawang powerstation and come out on the great western highway. It is certainly a faster and smoother ride than through Blackfellows, Bungleboori, and Clarence.

I was in newnes recently and they had new winyloo's installed and they were extremely clean.
The publican was a gentleman and good company.
Camping is free in the national park area, and if you have 4wd, I'd recommend crossing the river and heading left. Big clearing, close to water and near the fantastic ruins walk.

Enjoy your trip its worth the visit.

Briann

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:41

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:41
Thanks Brian. Faster and smoother is most definitely not a requirement. Also tks for the update on the conditions.

Phil
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Follow Up By: briann532 - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:38

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 20:38
Phil,
I take it from your reply that the "soft" option is not what you are after.
If you google "Southern Cross 4wd Club" and send an email to their club president, I'm pretty sure he can provide you with some details of a track in / out, that would be to your liking...........

have fun.
Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:19

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:19
Now that sounds interesting...if you need a tag along on that track, message me :) Ive camped there in the NP area for some time, once the publican come over and told me the cops had rang him, and i was to take my kids home :) that was 10 days after i had left home...lol... walked the glow worm track/ruins/Glen Davis track... yada yada....the Lidsdale road from the power station comes to a pass down into the Wolgen Valley, at the top of the pass is another track called Blackfellas. That pass is the only way i know of out of the wolgen valley by road.....however.....30 years ago, i remember being in a 4wd that 4 wheel drove into Newnes and came out at the Pub.....never been able to find that track.....
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:53

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:53
Thanks Dozer. Will check it out when we get together with the group.

Cheers and have a good weekend.

Phil
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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:46

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 21:46
There use to be (25 old years ago) I don't know if is still there its called the coach rd (before the train) the turn off was to the right just (south) of the first tunnel (the one you drive thru) on the rd to the glow worm tunnels & goes very close to the 2nd tunnel (but higher) & then down to Newnes NOT on the train route, use to be one tough track I last went down it in 1984 & you had to go thru a few locked gates & has some very narrow sections with big drops & just wide enough for a landcrusier. It had not been used much back then by 4wd but a lot of bikes used it
There is a walk from Newnes to Glen davis did this a few times
Good luck
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