Camping is also available on both sides of the Wolgan River; with pit toilets being provided in the National Park nearby, at no charge but a small booking fee applies & are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Note that pets are not permitted & wood should not be collected for wood fires but is available from the hotel.
Access to the camping grounds on the other side of the river is by 4x4 only, water levels can change dramatically & has sand approaches so best to check at the hotel first, however 2WD vehicles can drive down to the hotel in dry weather but the road could prove to be a bit slippery in the wet so best avoided. Turn off the Castlereagh Highway at Lidsdale, 7km west of Lithgow & Newnes is 35km from the turnoff.
Walking through the eerie ruins that are slowly being reclaimed by nature was a reminder of the harshness of the mining industry which is a complete paradox of the incredible beauty of the area. It was very isolated but now with the motor vehicle is just a short drive to Lithgow.
There are several walks in the Newnes area, apart from walking through the ruins which include:
Pipeline Pass - This is a medium to hard walk that goes from Newnes to the oil shale operations at Glen Davis. The walk took around 10 hours and was normally completed as an overnight trek but is now closed due to private property disputes near Newnes.
There are lyrebirds, cicadas, Banksia and assorted Eucalyptus trees.
Wolgan River to Rocky Creek. This route follows the Wolgan River downstream to Rocky Creek. The route is hard to find in many places, but the walking grade is moderate, and most people can complete it in a full day return.
Wolgan River to Annie Rowan Creek. Two-day (overnight at Annie Rowan Creek) or three-day (two nights at junction of Rocky Creek and Deanes Creek) return. Note that the track beyond Rocky Creek is mostly on the north side of the Wolgan River.
The area is a photographer’s/nature lovers paradise with incredible scenery, the ruins, prolific wildlife like wombats, wallabies, goannas and many species of birds.
The area was badly affected in the 2019 bushfires & parts could be still closed so best check with the Dept of National Parks & Wildlife Service on link below