Come and join us for a 3 day mini-adventure in the Wolgan Valley from 22-24th November
You’ll have an excellent long-weekend of adventure, while providing much needed funds to give young people a chance to strengthen their resilience on an Outward Bound Program. You can head out bush, switch off your phone and enjoy the best of the Greater Blue Mountains Wilderness. We’ll be canyoning, hiking, exploring glow worm tunnels and historical ruins. In the evenings, everything will be taken care of as you relax around the campfire and gaze up at the stars. What a way to spend a long-weekend!
Dates: Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November 2019
Accommodation: 2 nights camping under the stars in tents
Food: On the trail – 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners & 2 Breakfasts; snacks & hot drinks.
We provide delicious, fresh, healthy meals & nutritious snacks, catering to all dietary requirements.
Max group size: 10
Investment: $995 per person
Minimum fundraising amount: $500 for the Outward Bound Foundation to provide a young person a place on an Outward Bound Program. See details here.
Day 1 - 10-12 kms hike | explore dry canyons | marvel at the view
We will meet at 10am at the base of Donkey Mountain to begin our exploration. On the map it looks like a leisurely 1km ascent up to the plateau at the top. On the ground, it’s a network of wonderful crevasses, slots and fissures to explore. Our expert local guide will lead the way here so we see the best of the mountain, and explain some of the geology and history of this spectacular location. At the top you’ll be hopping between pagodas, walking through canyons, and marvelling at the view of the valleys below.
You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before heading down a different way to explore more of these incredible weathered geological features. We’ll drive 25 mins to our camp, after which we’ll be on foot for the rest of the weekend. After setting up camp in our private campsite, you’ll be served a delicious hot dinner by the glow of the campfire. Bliss! LD
Day 2 - 18km hike | see glow worms | explore historic ruins
Today we will hike directly from our campsite further into the Wollemi National Park to explore two iconic features of this landscape – the Glow worm tunnel and the old industrial ruins of Newnes. The trail The trail meanders through tree-fern filled gorges, sandstone pagodas and canyons and mountain streams to the abandoned railway tunnel.
Some have described the Glow worm Tunnel as an ethereal experience, as the bioluminescent glow worms twinkle in this dark and beautiful place. Following this, we hike in a loop to the incredible historic ruins of the former Newnes Shale Oil Refinery. The remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are now being reclaimed by nature. Walking amongst this landscape you’ll be able to explore old coke ovens, brick kilns, parrafin sheds and crumbling walls.
After a peaceful hike back to camp, we’ll spend the evening around the campfire. Dinner will be served to you as you relax and enjoy the tranquility. BLD
Day 3 - 9kms hike | 300m wet canyon | 6 abseils up to 15m
Today is our big and exciting finale! After a delicious breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and head along the Pipeline Track towards Pipeline Canyon. This is one of the most beautiful and exciting canyons in all the Blue Mountains. There is an upper and lower section of the canyon. The upper section is a lovely stroll through a spectacular constriction which towers above, with some nice little caves and overhangs to explore. Our expert guides will ensure we are safe the entire way, as the lower section has some exciting pitches to abseil. There may be a bit of a swim to get through the first part, but you’ll be in a full-length wetsuit so you will stay toasty warm! A few abseil pitches follow, varying in length from 4-15 m long as you descend into this incredible environment. It will involve a lot of fun and exciting abseils in a really pretty environment.
We’ll have lunch at the end, before heading further along the Pipeline Track and back to camp. It’ll be time to say our goodbyes after an unforgettable long weekend of adventure, knowing that your donation will empower a young person to fulfil their potential. BLD
GUIDES AND SAFETY
The group will be led by Helen Cooper, Director of Primal Adventures. We will have a local guide with tons of knowledge of the area for Day 1 & 2. Specialist canyoning guides will meet us for Day 3. Guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid, and there will be a satellite phone and first aid kits.
You will be hiking for 4-8 hours each day for 3 days carrying a day pack. You will also be descending through a series of abseils on Day 3. Moderate fitness levels required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Lots of rocky, uneven surfaces and steep terrain.
WHAT TO TAKE
We will provide a full gear list closer to the date of the trip.
We supply: bikes, inflatable mattresses, tents, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
You will make your own way to and from Wolgan Valley. The Wolgan Valley is around 3 hours drive west of Sydney, 35kms north of Lithgow. We will give you maps and driving instructions prior to the start of the trip.
All the meals as indicated above are included in the price. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
The tour starts at Donkey Mountain on Friday 22nd November at 10am. You will depart from Newnes Campground by 3pm on Sunday 24th November.
$995 per person
Includes: 1 day guided canyoning trip, 2 days guided bushwalking & exploration, 2 nights camping, all meals & snacks, all canyoning and camping gear (excluding sleeping bags), National Parks Permits, Public Liability Insurance, Safety gear
Excludes: sleeping bags, travel insurance and transport to/from Wolgan Valley
A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your adventure.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
You will be required to complete a medical form prior to commencement of the trip. If you are over 55, you will require a medical clearance from a doctor.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.