Only an hour from Sydneyâ€™s west, and situated on the Western Slopes of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow is a great place for almost anyone to enjoy a day, weekend or even more away from Sydney, without facing a huge drive. I've stayed in and around Newnes State forest at least Six times now, and enjoy it more every time I go. As far as activities go, there are some a few historical sites of interest, such as the old Shale Mining Town, and of course, the Zig Zag Railway. At the end of Glow-worm Tunnel road there is, you guessed it, the glow worm tunnel. This used to provide access for mining, but many years ago was shut down along with the oil shale mines. Since then, glow-worms have moved in and make for a spectacular 400m walk through the pitch-black tunnel. You will need a torch but I recommend turning it off for at least a few minutes in the middle so your eyes can adjust to the light and for the glow-worms to start 'glowing'. There is a short, easy bushwalk from the car park to the actually tunnel.
For campers, there are numerous places to camp along the main rd, which is dirt. It is easily accessible for 2WD vehicles but you will most definitely be getting very dusty. The main 'camping ground' is Bungleboori, but, if you can do with out the so called comfort of a pit toilet, I recommend you find somewhere else to camp as Motorbike riders generally call this place home, and are very noisy. Last time I was there, we camped at Bungleboori camp ground out of 'necessity', and I can safely say it was the 1st and last time I camp there. As far as I know, riding unregistered vehicles (such as dirt bikes), on paper, is not allowed, but generally it is accepted. This is understandable as there are very few places left to ride, so please, be understanding, and exercise caution around tight/blind corners.
As I said, there is no shortage of places to camp amongst the plantation pines, or the native bush, you just have to be a little bit adventurous, and have time to explore some of the tracks off of the main road. Some of these however are only suitable for 4WD vehicles, so exercise caution, but most 4WD tracks are easily recognised. On that note, one of the most popular activities here (next to dirt bike riding), is 4WDing, and there are plenty of tracks to test the limits of both driver, and vehicle.
Much of the State forest is plantation Pine, but further up Glow Worm Tunnel Rd, it becomes National Park, full of native Fauna and Flaura, there is a good chance you will see kangaroos, and possibly wombats but they tend to be harder to spot and are also more shy.
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