Wonders of Wollemi & Gardens of Stone

Four guest stand listening to a guide speak with rock pagoda formations in the background.

Exciting new tour coming in July 2024!

Duration: full day

Embark on a captivating journey through time and nature on this magical full-day vehicle and walking tour. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Greater Blue Mountains Wollemi and Gardens of Stone region, as we unveil their ancient rock pagodas, lush fern-filled canyons, and the historic railway tunnel that is home to the enchanting Blue Mountains Glow Worm.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Your day begins in our 4WD vehicle, departing at 7am from the Seven Valleys Visitor Information Centre, Lithgow. Relax in air-conditioned comfort as our passionate local guide introduces you to the wonders of the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone region and its iconic natural landmarks and unique native wildlife.

Our first stop of the day is the ancient rock pagodas of Lost City in the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, where a short 800m easy return walk awaits. For the more adventurous, an optional steep climb leads to the summit of a towering sandstone rock pagoda, taking in the spectacular scenery below. Afterward, enjoy a delicious morning tea of locally baked goods and seasonal fruit whilst taking in the gnarled and twisted beauty of the surrounding sub-alpine Snow Gum Forest.

After morning tea, we hit the four-wheel drive trails of Newnes Plateau for Dry Canyon in Wollemi National Park. Along the way you will learn about how the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area came to be, and the natural and cultural values that have contributed to its proclamation as a protected area in 2022.

As we enter the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area into Wollemi National Park, our knowledgeable ecological guide will share with you the rich history, diverse flora and fauna, and the geological marvels that define this UNESCO world heritage-listed region. While immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Wollemi, there will be ample opportunity to participate in wildlife conservation through research, surveying some of the unique and diverse wildlife we encounter.

Our next stop is the breathtaking Dry Canyon (also known as Nobles Canyon), where you will be lead on a 3.4km return easy walk through stunning fern-filled canyons, moss covered rock pagodas and narrow sandstone slots. Relax and take in the cathedral-like atmosphere of this ancient location whilst enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch featuring local seasonal produce.

On return to our 4WD vehicle, we continue our awe-inspiring journey on to the iconic Glow Worm Tunnel in Wollemi National Park, traversing the narrow winding track of the long-since abandoned Wolgan Valley Railway. Here we take an easy 2km return walk through the fern-filled canyons of Penrose Gorge and Bells Grotto to the illuminating wonder of thousands of Blue Mountains Glow Worms (Arachnocampa richardsae) in the former Railway Tunnel No.2. Learn about the amazing life cycle of these special little creatures and the incredible story of the construction of the Wolgan Valley Railway and the people and characters that brought the famous railway to life.

On return to our 4WD vehicle, enjoy light refreshments of locally roasted espresso coffee or Australian brewed tea, while being treated to the afternoon symphony of woodland birds and if you are lucky, the Superb Lyrebird. After a full day of exploring, sit back and relax, reflecting on the day that has been, as we head back to Lithgow.

Our small group tours ensure ample opportunities to connect with our local guide, ask questions, and fully appreciate the diversity and wonders of the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone. 

INCLUSIONS

  • Return vehicle transfers to the Seven Valleys Visitor Information Centre, Lithgow or accommodation in Wolgan Valley, Lidsdale, Wallerawang, Portland or Lithgow.
  • Small group size maximum 4 people.
  • Your own local guide who specialises in ecology and heritage.
  • All meals including a delicious morning tea and lunch with your choice of espresso coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit juice and bottled water (using our reusable water bottles).
  • Comfort of a modern air conditioned 4WD vehicle.
  • Use of binoculars, headlamps and tablet device for recording wildlife sightings.
  • Visits Wollemi National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park and Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area including Lost City, Dry Canyon (Wolgan View Canyon / Nobles Canyon) and the Glow Worm Tunnel.

TOUR DEPARTURES

Our Wonders of Wollemi & Gardens of Stone tour departs at 7am and returns at 3:30pm to the Seven Valleys Visitor Information Centre, 1137 Great Western Highway, Lithgow NSW 2790. Alternatively, we offer complimentary return vehicle transfers for guests staying at accommodation in Wolgan Valley, Lidsdale, Wallerawang, Portland and Lithgow.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Grade02 wlk

GRADE 3 - RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH SOME BUSHWALKING EXPERIENCE

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Track has short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. The trail consists of mostly undulating uneven surfaces. Due to significant obstacles present along the route, the trail is not pram or wheelchair-accessible.

Prices

  • Per Person
  • Adults
  • $295 p.p.
  • Youths
    10–17 yrs
  • $265 p.p.

Our Commitment to the Environment

Our low-impact experiences and certification through Ecotourism Australia are integral to our business and ensure we are continually delivering high-quality, innovative experiences through ecologically sustainable practices and cultural responsibility.

We adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace and we strongly encourage our guests and visitors to do the same. Please make sure you leave the places that you visit as you found them, for others to enjoy. Stick to the tracks and do not remove any plants or artefacts, and refrain from feeding, touching or disturbing wildlife

Remember - take only pictures, leave only footprints!

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This is your assurance that as a tour operator we are licensed to operate in NSW National Parks and that the activity will have minimum impact on the environment.

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Wolgan Valley Eco Tours has attained Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation through Ecotourism Australia.
This accreditation is only given to operators who deliver Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, which operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment.
This accreditation also recognises our commitment in achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping our local community. 

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Wolgan Valley Eco Tours meets specific criteria set by the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP).
This ensures that we are committed to exceeding our guest’s expectations with great customer service and the highest standards of business practice.
Only leading Australian tourism operators display the accreditation tick.

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Wolgan Valley Eco Tours is a proud member of the leading wildlife tourism industry body Wildlife Tourism Australia.
We are committed to the conservation of Australian native wildlife through having practices in place specifically designed to minimise any negative impacts of wildlife viewing and interaction with wildlife. 

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Our Business Operations are Carbon Offset and Wolgan Valley Eco Tours proudly supports the Greenfleet biodiverse program.
This support has not only seen the planting of native trees to offset our carbon emissions from our business operations, it is also helping to improve water quality, reduce soil degradation and provide essential habitat for our native wildlife.
Greenfleet is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to connecting people with real climate action. Greenfleet is Australia’s most respected source of biodiverse native carbon offsets.

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