Yesterday was a great day for an easy track close to Sydney. A lot of rain was announced for Sydney area, but it’s weekend and we can't stay home. We feel the need to get out there and admire the beauty of this country.
Glow Worm tunnel track is a great place to drive when the weather doesn’t allow you do drive more challenging tracks in Blue Mountains.
It is a pleasant 170 Km drive from Sydney. If you want to go in a circuit, you can take the Lithgow road, drive to Glow Worn tunnel and come back through Bilpin.
The track is not hard at all, it can be done with almost any car. There are few places that are a bit narrow and if other cars come from the other way, you’ll have to give way. Other than that, piece of cake. You can ark at the end of the track. There is plenty of space there, but in case you are out of luck, you will have to go back 5 km and stop in the main parking area.
From the end of the road you can walk for 20-30 minutes and the track will take you to the Glow Worm Tunnel. Make sure you pack some flashlights and some trekking shoes as it can be slippery when whet.
20-30 meters in the tunnel and you can already see the glow worms (if you switch off the light of course) on the tunnel ceiling. The resident are glow worms, the bioluminescent larvae of Arachnocampa richardsae
, a type of fungus gnat.
The 600-metre tunnel was bored through the sandstone in 1907 as part of the Newnes railway line that served the Newnes Oil Shale mines that operated during the early 20th century. The railway was closed in 1932 and the rails were pulled out of the tunnel.
On our way back, we drove through Bilpin just to stop at the famous Pies in the Sky where you can eat some of the best beef or apple pies. Friendly stuff, great pies, highly recommended.