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A sketch map showing the location of these walks is in preparation. In the mean time, some are shown on the map on the Newnes Access page.
A comprehensive guide by expert bushwalkers Michael Keats and Brian Fox to bush walks in the Newnes area is sold at the Kiosk for $50.00. It is in A5 format with 492 pages. Many of the walks described do not follow marked tracks, so it is probably more useful for the experienced bushwalker, or for those of us who like to read about the place rather than walk it.

The "Must Do" Walks:
There are two main walks to do at Newnes and these are described on their own pages: Most people only do these two walks. However, there are oportunities to do other, usually longer, walks while at Newnes and the following is our selection.
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Climb to the top of "Mystery Mountain":
Mystery Mountain (Grade = hard)
An ill-defined track starts on the east side of the river, just north of the vehicle crossing. A small cairn of stones marks the spot. If you miss this, just head straight up through the trees. Allow 1 hour each way. The passage to the cliff tops involves some scrambling but no rock climbing. There are some good cliff-top views, as you can look down on the pub and most of the camping areas.

Pictured is Mystery Mountain, as viewed from the hotel. -->
Click on the photo for more pictures in and around Newnes.
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The Walk to Glen Davis:
Start of Pipeline Pass Track (Grade = hard) (Topo map: Mt. Morgan)
WARNING: Track closed at Glen Davis end. See yellow tag note below.
This will take at least 8 hours return so it is best done as an overnight trip. Also, finding the start may be a bit tricky. The start is about 2km beyond the camping area, is signposted and is only just above river level opposite the oil shale works near the No.1 mine on the east side of "Petries Gully". Do not follow any left-branching tracks before this as they do not lead to Glen Davis!

These steps (pictured) mark the start of the Pipeline Track. -->
Please Note: Currently, this track is CLOSED at the Glen Davis end. The track can still be accessed from the Newnes end to get to the lookout at the top of the hill and to access canyons (including Starlight Canyon) leading into the Wolgan River.
Please note that the oil-shale works area at Glen Davis is on private property. Tours of the works are usually held on Saturdays at 2.00pm - just show up at the gate.
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Down the Wolgan River to Rocky Creek:
(Grade = moderate) (Topo map: Mt. Morgan)
Can be done either as a full day return, or head up Rocky Creek to camp overnight at junction with Deanes Creek. A well defined track heads along the south side of the Wolgan River downstream from the works to Rocky Creek. A rough track leads up Rocky Creek to a camp site at the junction with Deanes Creek.
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Down the Wolgan River to Annie Rowan Creek:
(Grade = moderate) (Topo map: Mt. Morgan)
Two day (overnight at Annie Rowan Creek) or three day (2 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.
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To Glen Davis via the Wolgan and Capertee Rivers:
(Grade = very hard) (Topo map: Mt. Morgan)
This is described in the book "Classic Walks of Australia" by Sven Klinge. It is a 68km circuit (including the return to Newnes via the Pipeline Pass) and will take about 4-6 days. Definitely one to do only if you are very fit!
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Down the Wolgan, Capertee and Colo Rivers to Upper Colo:
(Grade = very hard) (Topo maps: Mt. Morgan, Six Brothers and Colo Heights)
This takes at least seven days one way and is for experienced and well prepared walkers only! Country traversed is rugged and there are no tracks beyond Annie Rowan Creek. There is just one intermediate exit at Canoe Creek. Check with your local bushwalking club before attempting this one.
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Other Places:
There are other walks in the Newnes area (Red Rocks and Mt. Dawson, west of Newnes, are examples), but in most instances there are no tracks to follow and they have not been described in any publications that we know of. You will also need to watch that you do not cross private land. We recommend that you do these walks accompanied by a suitable guide - contact your local bushwalking club for further details.
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This page last updated 29Jun2013