Glow Worm Tunnel, Newnes, Wollemi National Park

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Glow Worm Tunnel located in Wollemi National Park, NSW is a disused railway tunnel used in early 1900’s. Since abandoning, it has been taken over by tiny worms which produces a bio-luminescent light.

Following is a short article on how best to get there and what to expect.

Location

Located in Newnes within Wollemi national park its located in the middle of nowhere!

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How to get there

There are a number of ways you can get to the tunnel. From my experience, the best way to get there is from Lithgow, driving to the starting point of tunnel with 1 km hike from the start.

Road from Clarence to the tunnel is long and rugged. If you don’t have a 4 wheel drive, trip can feel long and hard with a lot of pot holes on the way. It took 1.5 hours for us to drive from the main turn off point in Clarence to the tunnel entrance driving through the unsealed road.

Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence
Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence

Although rugged, its very scenic!

Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence
Road to Glow Worm Tunnel from Clarence

Best way to approach the glow worm tunnel

Best route to take to the tunnel (if you’re driving) is to take the road from Lithgow.

Why? This road has the least amount of unsealed road. Therefore, the drive up to the tunnel will be a much comfortable drive if you’ve got kids. Will be better for adults too!

From Lithgow, its a 1 hr drive (one way) compared to the longer drive from Clarence (because the road is bad).

Starting point
Starting point

How much time do you need

This place needs more of your attention. Walk up to the cave is beautiful and you will pass a water pool (not sure how to actually get there), a small bridge and stairs. Return trip to the tunnel and back will take about 1.5 hours return (taking it slow and absorbing the whole experience).

Bridge crossing on the way to the tunnel
Bridge crossing on the way to the tunnel
Stairs
Stairs
Water pool
Water pool

What’s there?

Well, what else are you here for? You have reached your destination, the glow worm tunnel!

South entrance to the tunnel
South entrance to the tunnel

(Photo below is from the north entrance)

North entrance to the tunnel
North entrance to the tunnel

When you are there, please take extra time to let your eyes adjust to the minimal light conditions. Doing so will ensure you get to see the amazing experience you are here for, the glow worms!

You will not see them immediately. But having your eyes adjust to the lighting, you will start to see more and more of them with increasing frequency. From my experience, you see more on the way back to the start of the south entrance of the cave than walking to the north entrance.

When you are there…

Please take extra precautions if you have kids. Always carry a torch (per person) as there are no lights within the tunnel. Don’t scream or should which increases the experience for you and for others around you. Hiking boots are recommended if you have them as the road to and inside the tunnel can be slippery.

Other resources: http://www.infobluemountains.net.au/rail/upper/glow_worm.htm

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