Black Gold Motel


Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is a short, easy walking track, around 45min drive from Black Gold MotelThis attraction is massively popular with families and adventurers keen to see glow worms in their natural environment. 

The track starts from the carpark at the end of Glow Worm Tunnel Road. Enjoy the easy 1km walk to the tunnel entrance, past an impressive landscape of tall forests, lush tree ferns, narrow gorges and stunning pagoda rock formations. 

The 400m-long tunnel was built in the early 1900s as part of the railway for the thriving mining industry at NewnesIt’s now home to thousands of glow worms that cling to the dark, damp walls. Switch off your torch, keep quiet, and wait for the worms to light up the tunnel with pinpricks of blue light. 

On your way back, look for goannas and lyrebirds. If you are lucky, you may spot a swamp wallaby or koala. During spring and summer, the walking track is dotted with yellow pagoda daisies, while banksias bloom in the cooler months. 

You can also access Glow Worm Tunnel from Old Coach Road or from Wolgan Valley Road near Newnes. If you are up for a challenge, the 7.5km Wolgan Valley circuit is a 4hr loop that features pagoda and Wolgan Valley views. 

One of the great attractions of the Glow Worm Tunnel and the surrounding walks are their location in remote Wollemi National Park. If you are looking for something a little more comfortable than camping, then you will need nearby accommodation. Glow Worm Tunnel and the Wollemi National Park are surrounded by historic mining towns, including Wallerawang, where you will find the Black Gold Motel. Our central location amongst stunning national parks, significant Indigenous sites, and fascinating remnants of industry and culture makes the Black Gold Motel an ideal base for exploring all that the region has to offer.


From the Black Gold Motel, the Glow Worm Tunnel, Wolgan Valley, Capertee Valley, and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area are all within easy reach. Awake refreshed after staying in our comfortable cabins, villas, or suites. Start your day early with breakfast from 6 am, and set out for a day of adventure. Upon your return, you can enjoy a drink in the Lamp Room Lounge, or head to dinner in our Crib Room Restaurant. Our chefs prepare delicious and satisfying meals made from quality produce. When you dine with us, you won’t leave hungry or disappointed.