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Wolgan *

Is now referred to by the Geographical Names Board as a, "Rural Place". It is located in the vicinity of the old Wolgan Homestead and present Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort. The planned Village of Wolgan was located on the level ground, southern side of Wolgan Road and western side of Mount Wolgan. Ben Bullen Topo Map, GR 359 186. At Wolgan, two acres were set aside for a public school on 20th September 1871. Ref: Survey Plan 143-1978. A church, manse and cemetery were approved on 9th February 1874. Ref: Survey Plan372-1984. Adjoining this area to the south was an area reserved for residential or business purposes, 8th February 1894. Wolgan was the chosen Aboriginal name of James Walker's outstation (homestead), c1825. It was this name which gave Wolgan Valley its name. Ref: Survey Plan B4.691r, dated 3rd January 1831. Stevens, Wade. Wolgan Valley Selected Climbing Areas, 2001, p. 37. Records,"reportedly the native name for its site at the confluence of the Wolgan River and Carne Creek ." Also see Mount Wolgan.

According to Isabella Gertrude (Gert) Poyitt, who was a school teacher in the Wolgan Valley in the 1920’s the name Wolgan came from the  local aboriginal word, ‘wolga’, the name for the Australian Clematis,Clematis aristata, a vine that is fairly common in the valley.

Helen Riley, Wiradjuri Elder and Sharon Riley, Wiradjuri representative, also record the word Wolgan, is named after the native plant Clematis aristate. Ref: Oral history 3rd May 2016.

  • Cullen Bullen
Grid Reference:
  • 384 168
Related Names:
  • GOS1.07: McLeans Pass and further east
  • GOS1.09: Passes of East Genowlan Mountain
  • GOS1.12: Collett Gap and Woolpack Rock
  • GOS1.13: Crown Creek and Hughes Defile
  • GOS1.17: Poseidon Area
  • GOS1.20: Hecates Cauldron
  • GOS1.25: South of Hecates Cauldron
  • GOS2.01: Mount Harvey and Mount Dawson Pass
  • GOS2.02: Mount Dawson and Gindantherie Pinnacle
  • GOS2.03: Point Anderson and Canobla Creek
  • GOS2.05: Mount Gundangaroo
  • GOS2.06: The Wolgan - Capertee Divide
  • GOS2.07: Petries Gully Circuit
  • GOS2.08: A special side canyon in Petries Gully
  • GOS2.09: Two of the ridges north of the Newnes Hotel
  • GOS2.10: The Pipeline Track
  • GOS2.11: Mystery Mountain
  • GOS2.12: The Wolgan Valley from Glowworm Tunnel to Newnes
  • GOS2.13: Newnes - Wolgan River - Zobels Gully Triangle
  • GOS2.14: The Cliffs of Mars
  • GOS2.17: Constance Point
  • GOS2.18: Penrose Slot and more
  • GOS2.19: The Minotaur Lair
  • GOS2.20: Penrose Gully South
  • GOS2.21: The cliffs of Koopartoo
  • GOS2.22: The cliffs and ravines of Western Koopartoo
  • GOS2.23: Crossing the Koopartoo Mesa
  • GOS2.25: Island Mountain Traverse
  • GOS2.26.1: The Totem Pole
  • GOS2.26.2: The Totem Pole
  • GOS2.27: Mount Dawson via Capertee Creek
  • GOS3.01: Donkey Mountain 1
  • GOS3.02: Donkey Mountain 2
  • GOS3.03: Donkey Mountain 3
  • GOS3.04: Wolgan Pillars
  • GOS3.05: Yerra Yerra Pass, Bubyong Pass and part of Mt Cameron Plateau
  • GOS3.07: A natural tribute to Michelangelo
  • GOS3.08: Cliffs north of the Glowworm Tunnel - Part 1
  • GOS3.09: Cliffs north of the Glowworm Tunnel - Part 2
  • GOS3.10: Carne Creek Cliffs, Nobles Canyon and the fissures
  • GOS3.11: Carne Creek Cliffs, The Gurgler, Shunt Track, Shunt Pass, The Governor and Michaels Chair
  • GOS3.12: Carne Creek Cliffs Screwdriver pass and the Long Zig Zag Pass
  • GOS3.13: Carne Creek Cliffs, Joseph Creek and Murrays Line
  • GOS3.14: Carne Creek Cliffs, Camp Creek, the Dung Cave and more
  • GOS3.18: Above the Glowworm Tunnel
  • GOS3.20: Unnamed tributary of Deanes Creek
  • GOS4.11: Bungleboori Creek and the WWII Water Supply Dam
  • GOS5.03: Sisyphean Ridge
  • GOS5.04: Tara Slot
  • GOS5.05: Exploring Cape Horn
  • GOS5.06: Subsidence fractures, Ben Bullen State Forest
  • GOS5.07: Under Skittle Row
  • GOS5.08: Exploring Skittle Row
  • GOS5.11: Cullen Bullen Cemetery to Wolgan Gap
  • GOS5.12: Wolgan Gap Trig
  • GOS5.13: Wolgan Gap cliff line
  • GOS5.14: From Heaven to Hell and back
  • GOS5.16: Four Level Cave
  • GOS5.19: Neubecks Creek and Alois Creek
  • GOS5.20: Alois Spur
  • GOS5.21: Long Swamp
  • GOS5.22: Ben Bullen Pillars
  • GOS5.23: Blackfellows Hand Rock
  • GOS5.24: Lambs and Kangaroo Creeks ridge line
  • GOS5.26: Lambs Creek and Kangaroo Creek
  • GOS6.01: The Temples of Doom
  • GOS6.02: Last Crusade Point and Holy Grail Ravine
  • GOS6.03: Indiana Gorge and Indiana Slot
  • GOS6.04: Spanish Steps to the Wolgan Falls
  • GOS6.05: Wolgan Falls
  • GOS6.06: Cliff Lines above the Wolgan River
  • GOS6.07: Cape Pinnacle
  • GOS6.08: Rockflower Ridge and Creek
  • GOS6.09: Sunnyside Cliffs and Bushrangers Creek
  • GOS6.10: Sunnyside Canyon and Ravines
  • GOS6.11: Flat Bottom Creek
  • GOS6.12: Donkey View Pass
  • GOS6.13: Sunnyside Gully
  • GOS6.14: Sunnyside Point and Wolgan Pinnacle
  • GOS6.15: Western side of Endorphin Gully
  • GOS6.17: Infinity Caves
  • GOS6.19: Adrenalin Ledge Traverse
  • GOS6.21: Adrenalin and Thom Slots, plus Pleasant View Canyon
  • GOS6.22: Zorro Canyon, Rapier and Bullwhip Slots
  • GOS6.23: Pyramid Pass to Zorro Pass
  • GOS6.24: Window in the Sky Ravine and Striolata Ravine
  • GOS6.26: Birds Rock Creek
  • GOS6.27: Carne Creek and Glory Box
  • GOS6.32: Gang Gang Playground
  • GOS6.34: Caves of Carne Creek and Pyramid Rocks
  • GOS7.04: Clerestory Spurs No. 1 and No. 2
  • GOS7.10: Upper Wolgan River
  • GOS7.11: Wolgan River bends above Wolgan Falls
  • GOS7.19: Blacksmith Cave
  • GOS7.21: State Mine Gully and Hassans Walls

Pagoda Rock Formations