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Lying north-west of Sydney, the Wollemi National Park is the second largest park in NSW, 487,500 hectares. The park adjoins the Blue Mountains, Yengo and Goulburn River National Parks and Parr State Recreation Area, forming a mountainous greenbelt and recreation area that is close to Sydney.

The largest remaining wilderness area in NSW, 200,000 hectares, it offers a difficult but rewarding landscape of mountain rainforests, sandstone pagoda formations, mountain swamps, forests growing on rich basalt soil, spectacular cliffs of the Colo river catchment, the Widden Valley, Newness and Capertee to name just a few.

Flora and Fauna
The flora varies in response to the variety of habitats with extensive tall open woodlands, heath and lush patches of rainforest.

In August 1994 a new species of tree was discovered within the park. named the Wollemi Pine, the species is a ‘living fossil’ whose closest relatives are fossils from the Cretaceous and early Tertiary periods about 100 million years ago. Fossils with similar features also occurred in the Jurassic as long as 150 million years ago. Only a small grove of the trees has been found, with knowledge of its location and access to the site, strictly limited to a small number of scientists and rangers, because the trees' very survival depends on their isolation. Detailed study of the species and propagation of it are being undertaken by the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Some of the fauna found in the park include eastern grey kangaroos, wombats, red-necked wallabies and wallaroos. These are often seen in the early morning or late afternoon grazing on the grassy stream banks. Some of the rare and endangered fauna found, include the broad-headed snake, regent honeyeater, glossy black cockatoo, koala and the brush-tailed rock wallaby.

Closeup of the Wollemi Pine.

Some of Wollemi highlights include:

  • Widden Valley
    — easy access to spectacular vies of sandstone ridges and escarpments.
  • Ganguddy - Dunns Swamp (Kandos Weir)
    — spectacular and popular car based camping and picnic area on the banks of the Cudgegong River on the western edge of Wollemi National Park. Take the Narrango Road from Rylstone, approximately 20 km. Offers good bushwalking, swimming, canoeing and fishing.
  • Mounts Coricudgy, Monundilla and Coriady
    — prominent basalt-capped peaks rise above the sandstone plateau, supporting areas of temperate rainforest and wet eucalypt forest.
  • Newnes
    — remains of an extensive oil-shale mining and refining operation located in a deep and narrow valley forms the backdrop to a large camping area (no facilities). There’s spectacular escarpment scenery, great rock climbing and bushwalking. The walking track to the Glow Worm Tunnel follows the old Newnes railway line.
  • Plateau around lower reaches of Widden Brook and Baerami Creek
    — rare brush-tailed rock wallabies have recently been seen here for the first time.
  • Baerami Creek oil-shale relics
    — important historic site featuring machinery and other relics of a turn-of-the-century oil-shale mining venture.
  • Sheepskin Hut
    — historic symbol of 19th century grazing attempts.
  • Blackwater Creek
    — outstanding patches of temperate rainforest in the narrow gorges at the headwaters of Blackwater Creek.
  • Wheeny Creek
    — picturesque car-camping area beside a clean creek with swimming holes.
  • Bob Turner's Track
    — a well-graded track commencing 3 km from Putty Road offering easy access to the Colo River. Good swimming.
  • Colo Gorge
    — this 30 km long, 300 m deep, sandstone gorge is reputedly the longest in Australia. Liloing in Summer is the best way to see it, but access is difficult.
  • T3 Walking Track
    — enjoy great views of Colo Gorge from this well-marked 3 km walking track which descends to the junction of Tootie Creek and the Colo River.
  • Deep Pass
    — Deep Pass Canyon is a narrow canyon surrounded by rainforest vegetation. You pass fern covered walls and rock pools. The walk takes you to some great swimming holes and waterfall. You get to Deep Pass via the Newnes Plateau. See the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for details on how to get there.

Source: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

For more information or details on camp-sites, you can contact the NPWS office nearest the section of the park you are interested in.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information. Check out our listings for Wollemi accommodation.
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Wollemi National Park Distance

Distance to Wollemi National Park
• This large national park is approximately 100-250 km north-west of Sydney. It is bounded in the south by the Bells Line of Road, Blue Mountains National Park and the nearby towns of Bell, Bilpin and Kurrajong Heights. To the north lies Goulburn River National Park, to the west Gardens of Stone National Park and to the east Yengo National Park and Parr State Recreation Area.

See the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service for information on Wollemi National Park and how to get there, as well as some Wollemi National Park driving trips suggestion.

Following are some approximate distances by road between localities in and around the Wollemi National Park:
• Singleton to Howes Valley 48
• Howes Valley to Putty 34
• Putty to Colo Heights 54

• Colo Heights to Colo

• Lithgow to Lidsdale 14
• Lidsdale to Newnes 34
• Rylstone to Olinda 23
• Capertee to Glen Davis 34
• Sydney to Richmond 63
• Richmond to Kurrajong 10
• Kurrajong to Bilpin 19
• Bilpin to Mount Tomah 12
• Mount Tomah to Bell 20
• Sydney to Springwood 71
• Springwood to Blackheath 41
• Blackheath to Bell 16
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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