Coke Ovens – Newnes – Wolgan Valley, NSW
We spent the week between Christmas and New Year camping in Wolgan Valley near the old ghost town of Newnes.
It’s a beaut and beautiful spot is Newnes. The Wolgan Valley begins to narrow markedly there and that brings the towering sandstone cliffs in close and, well… towering really. Once you cross the river near the old pub you’re in the Wollemi National Park so the bush comes in very closely too: possums, wombats, goannas, and lots of different birds are guaranteed. There are buckets of butterflies around at this time of year too.
We like to cross the river to camp. I think the river crossing puts a lot of people off, so it’s always much quieter, fewer campers and the camp spots are generally better there too. Also, when we’re there, you’ll find a much better class of camper… :-D
But the obvious, non bush, highlight of Newnes is the extensive ruins of the old shale processing plant. They’re a ‘must see’. But if you go, leave yourself plenty of time because there’s a lot to see. Oh, and try not to go on a day when the temperature is, as you would expect it to be in an Australian Christmas New Year week, in the mid 30s… that’s when you’d be much better off to go and have a bit of a lie down in the river … :-)
© Copyright – 2010 Jeff Catford
Nikon D200 – Sigma 10~20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Manfroto 190CXPRO3 tripod with NN5 pano head
Nikon MC-36 Remote
f14 x 5 frames x 3 exposure ea @ +/- 1EV
Photomatix – PS CS4 Ext, Topaz Adjust 4, Noiseware Pro 4
Sweat – It was bloody HOT!