Newnes Ruins Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes – the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery.

 Built in 1906, the refinery was an ambitious undertaking by the British based Commonwealth Oil Corporation to exploit the Wolgan Valley’s vast shale reserves. The use of 19th century technology and the importation of lower priced crude oil into Australia finally closed the works in 1932.

All that remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are the industrial ruins and building foundations dispersed across the historically significant landscape. This half day walking tour will explore the fascinating history of the once thriving shale oil industry, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, and the remote township of Newnes.

The Newnes Ruins Walking Tour starts at the Newnes Hotel, Wolgan Road, Newnes NSW.


INCLUSIONS: This tour includes a delicious morning tea of locally baked goods with your choice of espresso coffee, tea, hot chocolate or fruit juice, bottled water, park fees and experienced local guide.

Grade02 wlk

GRADE 2: Suitable for families with young children

The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. The trail consists of mostly undulating uneven surfaces. Due to significant obstacles present along the route, the trail is not wheelchair-accessible.


Minimum group size is 2 people, maximum is 10. Prices will vary depending on the size of the group.