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Glowworm Tunnel

Is located at the northern end of Glowworm Tunnel Road, accessed via Clarence or State Mine Gully, Lithgow. It was here that the old Wolgan Valley Railway line wound around the base of the cliffs, then through a tunnel approximately 400m long. The creek near this tunnel is called Tunnel Creek and has also been referred to as Penrose Creek. This was the second tunnel constructed in 1907 for the railway to Newnes from Newnes Junction, off the Main Western Line. The first tunnel is now vehicular access to the Glowworm Tunnel and about 3km closer towards Lithgow. The Glow Worms are a larval stage of a harmless, luminous species of fungus gnat, family Arachnocampa. Spelling has varied on different maps, such as Gloworm Tunnel; Ben Bullen Topo, first edition, Glowworm Tunnel Road; Cullen BullenTopo, second edition, as well as Glow Worm Tunnel and Glow-worm Tunnel, websites.

  • Ben Bullen
Grid Reference:
  • 416 188
Wollemi National Park
Related Names:
  • GOS2.12: The Wolgan Valley from Glowworm Tunnel to Newnes
  • GOS2.13: Newnes - Wolgan River - Zobels Gully Triangle
  • GOS2.17: Constance Point
  • GOS2.18: Penrose Slot and more
  • GOS2.20: Penrose Gully South
  • GOS2.25: Island Mountain Traverse
  • 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
  • GOS3.15: Carne Creek Cliffs and Lurline Jack Lookout
  • GOS3.17: Rock Island
  • GOS3.18: Above the Glowworm Tunnel
  • GOS3.19: The Rain Cave and Joseph Creek
  • GOS3.20: Unnamed tributary of Deanes Creek
  • GOS4.12: Bungleboori Creek and Clwydd Pass
  • GOS4.30: Stillson Spur and Zig Zag Spur
  • GOS5.26: Lambs Creek and Kangaroo Creek
  • GOS6.22: Zorro Canyon, Rapier and Bullwhip Slots
  • GOS6.24: Window in the Sky Ravine and Striolata Ravine
  • GOS6.25: Sinusoidal Ravine and cliffs above Carne Creek
  • GOS6.27: Carne Creek and Glory Box
  • GOS6.34: Caves of Carne Creek and Pyramid Rocks
  • GOS7.13: Farmers Creek - a western tributary
 - Glowworm Tunnel

Bungleboori Pool