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Glow Worm Tunnel Walk
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
27.1 km NNE of Lithgow
Length: 2.9 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.9 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Wollemi National Park
Climb: 0 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 0 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

One of the most popular and famous tracks near Lithgow, the Glow Worm Tunnel Walk goes through a spectacular old railway tunnel. With thousands of glow worms along the sides and roof of the tunnel, a fascinating effect of the stars is produced. Remember, that it is necessary to be quiet so as not to disturb the glow worms. A torch is required - the tunnel is pretty long and it gets really dark in the middle. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Wollemi National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk
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End of Glowworm Tunnel Rd
Int of Glowworm Tunnel and Pagoda Servicetrails
Eastern end of Glowworm tunnel
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Glowworm Tunnel Rd

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Ben Bullen 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89314S 
 Glen Alice 1:50 000 Map Series CW-89314 
 Wallerawang 1:100 000 Map Series 8931 

Photo Gallery

 
The Glow Worm Tunnel Servicetrail
 
The Glow Worm Tunnel Servicetrail +
 
The cliffs surrounding the servicetrail
 
The cliffs surrounding the servicetrail +
 
Going down to the bridge
 
Going down to the bridge +

 
Going up through the rock at the end of the bridge
 
Going up through the rock at the end of the bridge +
 
The eastern end of the tunnel
 
The eastern end of the tunnel +
 
Inside the Glow Worm Tunnel (notice the glow worms on the roof)
 
Inside the Glow Worm Tunnel (notice the glow worms on the roof) +

 
Looking through to the western end of the tunnel
 
Looking through to the western end of the tunnel +
 
The western end of the tunnel
 
The western end of the tunnel +
 
The cliffs and fern grotto at the western end of the tunnel
 
The cliffs and fern grotto at the western end of the tunnel +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 2.9km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 150m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 150m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to End of Glowworm Tunnel Rd
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) End of Glowworm Tunnel Rd to Int of Glowworm Tunnel and Pagoda Servicetrails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.17 km Time = 18 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
From the car park, this walk heads past the metal barriers and along the management trail, following the signs to the 'Glowworm Tunnel'. The trail winds for several hundred metres until descending slightly and crossing a small bridge, continuing up the stairs on the opposite side. Joining up with the management trail, the walk continues for a short period until coming to an intersection with another management trail.

(1.17 km) Int of Glowworm Tunnel and Pagoda Servicetrails to Eastern end of Glowworm tunnel
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 124 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: Following the signpost pointing towards the 'Glow Worm Tunnel', the walk heads along the management trail above the creek (which is to the left). The walk soon comes to a large tunnel.

(1.29 km) Eastern end of Glowworm tunnel to Western end of Glowworm Tunnel
Track: Moderate - tunnel
Length = 147 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the eastern end of the tunnel, the walk goes through the tunnel. There is usually a small flattened section along one side, allowing walkers to keep their feet dry. (Note: You will definitely need torches in the tunnel). There is a small sign informing visitors of the need to be quiet in the tunnel so as not to disturb the worms. The walk emerges from the tunnel into a small clearing, surrounded by cliffs.

Drive from End of Glowworm Tunnel Rd
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Colo Meroo camping ground
Dunns Swamp camping ground
Little Capertee Camping Ground
Newnes camping ground
Wheeny Creek camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 26.6 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 27.2 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 52.3 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 52.8 km
Winning Edge Cycles 213 Howick St , Bathurst (02) 6332 4025 62.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Glow Worm Tunnel Walk
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the SSW)
3 GAR03 Wide Area Comms Site (off) Portland - Sunny Corner Road GARLANDS HILL 31 km (to the SW)
1 RYL01 Shire Council Tower Baldy Peak Cumber Melon Range via KANDOS 47 km (to the NNW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 49 km (to the SE)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
52 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Central Ranges fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Wollemi National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Wollemi National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Pipeline track
The Pipeline track between Glen Davis and Newnes is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited. For more information please call NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open 7 days a week, or NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000, Monday to Friday, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


Walker Feedback

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Amanda - Walk now takes longer IP:114.129.168.xxx | 2010-04-12 03:17:42
Just an update. The end of the road to the tunnels is now closed due to the road breaking away. This means that the walk now starts at the road closed barrier/sign. It takes around 10 minutes to walk to the carpark and toilets where the walk used to start. 3 carparks exist within 5 minutes of the road closed barrier for busy days.
MSch - from Wolgan Valley IP:27.32.63.xxx | 2011-06-13 10:48:47
I did a walk through the glow worm tunnel following a different route: from Wolgan Valley a 9k walk, mostly a circuit.
From your walk: don't miss the amazing treeferns on the other side of the tunnel; it's another - green - tunnel...

Probably one of my all time favourites so far.
Cassandra - Walk Length IP:114.198.34.xxx | 2013-09-12 03:02:44
Any updated information on this walk?
I am hoping to take my daughter to see the glow worms during the September holidays.
How long is the walk, don't have a 4WD can we go on this road and where do we go from etc?
luke - walk IP:122.108.63.xxx | 2014-04-06 08:59:32
hi
did the walk today, was a great walk until you get to the tunnel itself then theres about 9cm of water in the creek
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