Glow Worm Tunnel

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Located within the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, the Glow Worm Tunnel area offers magnificent views of pagoda rock formations, extensive flora and a wide array of native wildlife including glow worms, kangaroos and wallabies. 

The Glow Worms are located in an old rail tunnel 400 metres in length. It was originally constructed as part of the railway line to Newnes Kerosene Shale Works. The line was dismantled around the 1940s.The tunnel is located 40 kilometres from Lithgow on the Newnes Plateau. Good walking shoes and a torch are required for the walk through the tunnel. The glow worms found in the tunnel are the larvae of the fungus gnat. The blue glow of the larvae is the result of a chemical reaction in the body of the glow worm. The larvaes' glow lures their prey, such as mosquito's, closer to them.


  • Walking
  • Sight-seeing


  • Walking track
  • Car park
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Parking, camping and national park fees may apply. See parks website for more details.

Photo & content credits: NSW National Parks | Daniel Tran (OEH)


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1 Reviews

Emily_Cat 28 Dec 20
Kid friendly and easy walk

Bit of a hike to get to the glow worm cave. Approx 40km drive to the car park from Zig Zag entry, then about a 2km walk to get to the glow worm tunnel. The walk was relatively easy with toddlers, not pram friendly so be prepared to carry the children occasionally. Remember to pack a torch, it’s extremely dark and wet inside so you’ll want to be able to see well to walk. We expected to see more glow worms than we did but we didn’t go in too deep because of the kids. I would assume the deeper you go the more there would be. Overall great experience!

Location & Supplier

Glow Worm Tunnel

Address: Glow Worm Tunnel, Newnes State Forest, Lithgow, New South Wales 2790

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