Glowworm tunnel rd to Newnes?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 07:36
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Happy Easter to all of you.
could anyone please clarify for me if it is possible to drive from the Zig Zag railway entrance, along the glowworm tunnel all the way to Newnes? Looking at google map; just before the end of the road there is a intersection which takes you on to the Old Coach Rd. However there is a small gap just before the Wolgan Rd.
the plan is to get into the bush, do some 4wd and explore the wolgan valley a bit as we have not been there yet.
all in one long day.
any advise is most appreciated as always.

JS
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Reply By: briann532 - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 07:59

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 07:59
Unfortunately no.

You can cut across from the "Bungleboori" camping area. (overrun with rubbish and motorbikes) along Blackfelllows hand trail. This brings you out on the road from Lithgow to Newnes.
You will need a map as there are a few twists and turns and forks that can easily be mistaken for the main track.

When in Newnes I highly recommend crossing the river North of the pub and doing the walk around the old shale works. Highly interesting.

It will also be pretty busy on this long weekend.
Enjoy yourself,
Brian
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Follow Up By: jschacher1 - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 22:31

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 22:31
thanks brian
will try to get across tomorrow even though I have no map. but there should be enough traffic to get some advice.
JS
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Reply By: mikehzz - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 09:16

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 09:16
The main road to the glow worm tunnel ends at a carpark with a locked gate. The other end of the coach road out at Newnes specifies walking track only. I don't think they want you to drive on that track.
Mike
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 18:33

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 18:33
By the way, I agree with Brian. Its a good walk through the ruins at Newnes, a very pretty place.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 09:43

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 09:43
Having walked it many (30+) years ago before it was NP we did consider driving it but would have required major earthwork and much winching.
These days I'd reckon it wouldn't be much wider than a walking track and the trees growing on the old railway bed would be huge, back then they were up to 6" diameter.
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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 21:01

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 21:01
No!

You cannot drive from Clarence to Newnes via the Glow Worm Tunnel.

I and half a dozen mates did it on motor cycles with a lot of sweat and swearing.

I was twenty years of age at the time, so that makes it forty three years ago.

Not a hope in hell today. The real big embankment prior the tunnel was washed out when we did it then.

Ian
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