WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK and
The GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE AREA

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WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS WORL HERITAGE AREA LINKS
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Wollemi National Park
Most of the Newnes area, including the old works site, now lies within Wollemi National Park. This park is a part of The Greater Blue Mountains Area, a World Heritage property that was inscribed in 2000.
Much of Wollemi National Park is now designated a "Wilderness Area" and this is the second largest such area in New South Wales. At Newnes, this "wilderness area" is downstream from the oil-works site and includes bushwalking destinations such as Rocky Creek, Deanes Creek and Annie Rowan Creek. Some of the more remote areas of Wollemi still come up with surprises, such as recent finds of the Wollemi Pine (see Flora page for some more details) and Aboriginal art sites. (This art find reminds us that "wilderness" is a modern concept and that, in days past, Wollemi was an area traversed by various Aboriginal groups.)
But Wollemi is not all "wilderness". At Newnes, the old oil-shale works, the associated town site and railway and the Pipeline Pass all form a recognised heritage area, most of which has been listed by government orgainsations (such as the Australian Heritage Commission) and private groups (such as the National Trust).
Of course, Wollemi National Park also has recreational values, and Newnes. in particular, is popular with campers and day visitors who come to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area.
All national parks in the Newnes area are administered by
the Blue Mountains Region of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

When in the Blue Mountains, call in at the
NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
for information on walking tracks, maps, books, gifts, souvenirs, art exhibition, educational display.
Open 7 days, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
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The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
As well as Wollemi National Park, The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area also includes:
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Jenolan Caves Karst Conservation Reserve
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Nattai National Park
  • Thirlmere Lakes National Park
  • Yengo National Park
in all, a grouping of seven different National Parks and one conservation reserve.
Please note that there is also some private land at Newnes. This is mostly within the gazetted Newnes Village area and includes the privately-owned Newnes Hotel. Although now surrounded by Wollemi National Park, these private lands are not part of the heritage area.
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  Links to National Parks web-site for more information:
NP&WS Home Page. The main entry point for information on all national parks in New South Wales
Wollemi National Park. Newnes is located within south-west corner of this park.
Gardens of Stone National Park. A nearby national park, made up of three areas to the west and south of Newnes.
Blue Mountains National Park. Adjoins Wollemi National Park to the south.
The pages for Wollemi National Park and Gardens of Stone National Park have only limited information at this stage.
The Blue Mountains pages are very informative and contain information that is also relevant to Newnes.

  Links to Australian Heritage Commission:
Introductory page and location map of World Heritage Areas in Australia. These pages give more information on the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area and other Australian World Heritage Sites
Greater Blue Mountains Area
Greater Blue Mountains Area - World Heritage Values
World Heritage - What does it mean?
Implications of World Heritage listing
Australian World Heritage Properties - Legislation
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  Links to the "natural history" pages on this web site:
ANIMALS AT NEWNES BIRDS AT NEWNES NEWNES FLORA NEWNES GEOLOGY NATIONAL PARK INFO.
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This page last updated: 09Apr2013