Bicentennial National Trail

The Bicentennial Trail is the longest marked route in the world - a 5,300km walking track (One Way). The Trail follows the historic coach and stock routes, old pack horse trails, and country roads. Wherever possible along its great length the Trail has been designed to be a "living history" of our country, following the routes of our early pioneers and highlighting historic sites and artifacts along the way. The Bicentennial Trail gives access to some of Australia’s wildest, most remote country in the world and provides endless fascination for those interested in Australia's unique flora and fauna. Access to the Lithgow section of the trail is via Glen Davis, following the track on to Pantoney's Crown at Capertee, on to Wallerawang via the Wolgan Gap.
Location: Cooktown in Queensland to Healesville in Victoria.

Berghofer’s Pass

Berghofer’s Pass follows one of the historic tracks around the mountain and into the Hartley Valley. Enjoy superb views and historical points of interest including convict-built ramparts that support the Great Western Highway and a drovers' dog trough cut from sandstone. Location: Victoria Pass, Hartley Vale Time: 1 hour Distance: 3 km return
Grade: Easy

Blackman's Crown

Blackman’s Crown, named after James Blackman, a colonial road surveyor, is a large sandstone plateau perched atop of the Capertee Valley, the world’s second largest enclosed canyon. The area features spectacular 360 views of the Capertee and Turon Valleys.
Location: Pearson's Lookout, Capertee
Time: 1 hour
Distance: 2 km return
Grade: Medium

Deep Pass

Located within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, Deep Pass Canyon features fern covered walls and rock pools within the, at times, narrow canyon. Rainforest vegetation surrounds Deep Pass and the walk leads to a beautiful swimming holes and waterfall.
The trip to Deep Pass is via the Newnes Plateau on a dirt road. Conditions vary on this road. Please watch for native wildlife.
Location: Newnes Plateau, Wollemi National Park
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 5 km return
Grade: Hard
Visitor Facilities: Camp ground, toilet

Eskbank Track

Eskbank track, follows a short track up to Bracey Lookout and features panoramic views of the township of Lithgow. From the Lookout the walk can be extended across to Hassans Walls Lookout, the highest scenic lookout in the Blue Mountains, featuring majestic views of Hartley Valley and the Blue Mountains escarpment
Location: Eskbank Street, Lithgow
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 1 km return
Grade: Medium

Evans Crown

Evans Crown features a distinctive granite rock formation that juts above the surrounding countryside. Crown Rock was an initiation and corroboree site for the Wiradjuri people. The spectacular granite tors of Evans Crown provide fantastic views of the surrounding valley, which features a range of rare native fauna and flora.
Location: Evans Crown Nature Reserve, Tarana
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3 km return
Grade: Medium

Glow Worm Tunnel

Located within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, the Glow Worm Tunnel area offers magnificent views of pagoda rock formations, extensive flora and a wide array of native wildlife including glow worms, kangaroos and wallabies. The walk into the tunnel follows a disused railway line, which once descended into the Newnes valley, transporting oil shale.

The highlight of a trip to the tunnel is the thousands of Glow Worms visible in the darkness of the tunnel. A torch is required for the tunnel, however, do not shine the light on the glow worms as they are sensitive to light and also to noise. A further walk into the Newnes Valley, via a fern filled gorge and into the historic Newnes ruins is an additional 9km round trip.

The trip to the Glow Worm Tunnel is via the Newnes Plateau on a dirt road. Conditions vary on this road. Please watch for native wildlife.
Location: Glow Worm Tunnel Road, Newnes Plateau via Lithgow
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3 km return
Grade: Medium
Visitor facilities: Toilet
Photo Below: Tree ferns near Glow Worm Tunnel

Glow worm tunnels

Lawson's Long Alley

Lawson's Long Alley and Lockyer's Road Loop follow the earliest tracks down the mountain and into the Hartley Valley. Lawson’s Long Ally, named after William Lawson, one of the first Europeans to cross the Blue Mountains, was constructed in 1824 and was the only access route into the valley. The road was closed in 1832 when the Victoria Pass was opened. Enjoy superb views and historical points of interest.
Location: Mt York Road, Mt Victoria
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 11 km return
Grade: Medium

Lithgow City Heritage Walk

Stroll through the Main Street of Lithgow and view the many historic buildings making up the streetscape. A highlight of the walk is the Marjorie “Lithgow Flash” Jackson statue, produced by Antony Symons. Marjorie was the first Australian to win a gold medal at Olympic level in Athletics. Stop and smell the roses at Queen Elizabeth park with over 300 rose bushes producing a dazzling display in Summer and visit Hoskins Memorial Church which features a Paul Sorenson designed garden.
Location: Main Street, Lithgow
Time: 1 hour
Distance: 3 km circuit
Grade: Easy
Visitor Facilities: Toilet, picnic facilities

Newnes Oil Shale Ruins

Located within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, discover the ruins of the former Oil Shale Mine located in the beautiful Wolgan Valley. Established in 1906 as part of an industrial area mining and process oil shale, Newnes was once a bustling town. Today the ruins of the this industry stand surrounded by the dominating cliffs.

Additional walks available from Newnes include the walk to the Glow Worm Tunnel, including the Old Coach Road and Pagoda Track and the Pipeline Pass to Glen Davis.

The trip to Newnes is via Wolgan Road on a dirt road. Conditions vary on this road. Please watch for native wildlife.
Location: Wolgan Valley, Wollemi National Park
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 5 km circuit
Grade: Medium

Old Coach Road & Pagoda Track

Located within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, The Old Coach Road and Pagoda Track link up the to the Glow Worm Tunnel. The walk offers superb views of native fauna and pagoda rock formations.
The trip to the Old Coach Road walking track is via the Newnes Plateau or Newnes, with both trips on a dirt road. Conditions vary on this road. Please watch for native wildlife.
Location: Wolgan Valley, Wollemi National Park or Glow Worm
Tunnel Road
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 10 km return
Grade: Medium


Zig Zag Walking Track

Hike down the Zig Zag walking track which closely follows the world renowned Zig Zag Railway track. Enjoy the views of the surrounding Blue Mountains and historic viaducts of the Zig Zag and listen to the toots of a steam train as it descends into the valley. Walk down to Bottom Points Station and enjoy the train ride back to Clarence Station.
Location: Zig Zag Railway, Chifley Road, Clarence
Time: 40 minutes
Distance: 2.5 km one way
Grade: Medium
Visitor Facilities: Toilets, kiosk, picnic facilities

The Lithgow region is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Discover breathtaking landscapes, cascading waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna on every track. There are bushwalks suitable for all ages and fitness levels, from short strolls through to challenging multi day hikes.

For up to date information on all walking tracks call the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 1300 76 02 76.

Check list for walkers

  • Always carry water for drinking
  • For longer walks, warm, water proof clothing is advised. Weather changes can be dramatic and swift in the mountains
  • Know your route. Advise friends and family where you are going and what time to expect you back
  • Wear sensible walking shoes
  • Carry a bag for rubbish
  • Carry a first aid kit
  • Wear a hat and protect you skin from the sun
  • Keep to the tracks
  • Do not climb safety fences and keep well back from the edge
  • Supervise children carefully

REMEMBER – Take only photographs and leave only footprints



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Last Updated 24 July, 2013 11:36 AM
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