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Leave No Trace

Our commitment to environmental stewardship for the future

In Wolgan Valley, we proudly embrace a Leave No Trace philosophy. As a destination, we are committed to the principles of sustainable, responsible and regenerative tourism. Many of our tourism operators have the highest level of eco-certified accreditation.

Wolgan Valley is still wild and untouched compared to other destinations in the Greater Blue Mountains — and we want to keep it that way.

Help us look after Wolgan Valley for future generations by respecting the natural and cultural heritage of this special place.

Wolgan Valley camping

Newnes Campground 2, 2021 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography
Newnes Campground 2, 2021 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography

 

Enjoy your stay and please follow these guidelines when you are staying at any of the Wolgan Valley camping grounds:

  • only camp in designated areas so the bushland isn’t disturbed
  • make sure you keep your vehicle on formal roads and marked vehicle tracks
  • avoid camping in revegetation areas, including areas that have been affected by fires
  • only have campfires in designated areas — and please bring your own kindling and firewood (leave rocks and fallen timber in the surrounding bushland as they provide important habitat for our local wildlife)
  • take your rubbish and recycling with you — there is a waste facility at Angus Place on Wolgan Road if you don’t wish to take it all the way home
  • please use the toilets provided or use your own portable toilets — an RV dump point is available at Lake Wallace Wallerawang and George Coates Avenue, Lithgow.

Respecting culture

Black Fellows Hands Reserve (Maiyingu Marragu) 2 2020 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography
Black Fellows Hands Reserve (Maiyingu Marragu) 2 2020 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography

 

When you are in Wolgan Valley, always remember that you are walking on Wiradjuri Country. We ask that you respect the cultural significance of this Country and the connection of the Traditional Owners to this land. Please don’t touch rock art and do not remove any cultural items or artefacts.

Respecting wildlife

Wolgan Valley 4, 2021 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography
Wolgan Valley 4, 2021 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography

 

You can help care for our amazing wildlife by following these guidelines:

  • do not feed wildlife as it can make them ill or encourage aggressive behaviour
  • please do not touch or approach native wildlife — give them their space
  • remember that dogs and cats are not allowed to be taken into NSW national parks.

Your safety is important to us

COVID safety

All businesses in Wolgan Valley are committed to following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Please follow the latest COVID-19 rules and check-in using the Service NSW app where required. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and get tested.

Bushfire safety

Bushfire Recovery, Newnes Plateau, 2020 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography
Bushfire Recovery, Newnes Plateau, 2020 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography

 

While Wolgan Valley may look lush and green, it is still regenerating and recovering from the 2019–2020 bushfires. We ask that you follow these bushfire safety guidelines:

  • never throw cigarette butts on the ground or from vehicles — they can smoulder for hours and cause bushfires (be aware that smoking is prohibited in all NSW national parks)
  • please only have campfires in designated areas, never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure your campfire is properly extinguished with water
  • before you have a campfire, check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife website to see if any fire bans are in place
  • if you see fire or smoke that isn’t attended by a landholder or firefighters, please phone 000 or drop in and notify the resident of the nearest property.

Bushwalking safety

Baal Bone Gap 2, 2021 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography
Baal Bone Gap 2, 2021 | Photo by Jeremy Murray Photography

 

If you are planning to go bushwalking, always follow bushwalking safety advice from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Parts of Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks are rugged and remote wilderness. Be aware that mobile phone coverage is currently not available throughout the valley. Read the Think Before You TREK information, and consider filling out an online trip intention form and carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with you.

Stay safe and enjoy your visit.

 

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