Id love to learn some weaving! Im off to Sydney this weekend and will be back on wednesday. Ill be stopping past newnes for a sneaky camp so when I return ill have photos and details on the site for everyone.
Hi guys so the meet is still on for the 13-14th of October at Newnes, NSW. I thought I would add some details about the meet for those who are coming or interested in coming. As with meets in the past this is a informal meet up. You need to take responsibility for getting yourself to and from Newnes as well as camping on the night if you are staying. Children are absolutely welcome but are at all times the responsibility of their guardian while at the meet.
To Get to Newnes is fairly simple and can be traveled in a 2wd car. If coming from Sydney you will need to take the Mudgee turn off (Castlereagh Highway) as you leave Lithgow. The turn off is on your left just after you pass the large correctional facility on your right.
About 6km down the road you approach Lisdale. You will see the Delta Power Station on your left and a Blue United Gas station.
There is no fuel at Newnes and this is the last stop for fuel before Newnes. Turn right here onto Wolgan Rd. This is the turn off to Newnes. Its just a matter of following this road all the way to Newnes. The road is sealed for the first 1/3 of the road. After a windy section the road is unsealed all the way to Newnes. It is a very pretty 35km drive from the turn off at Lisdale to the campsite at Newnes.
As you enter Newnes you will pass the historic Newnes Hotel on your left, about 1km past the Hotel on the left is a large grass flat where we will be camping.
There is lots to do at Newnes. There will no doubt be lots of bushcraft chat and demonstrations as always on these meets but there is also the old shale works to explore and lots of bushwalking including a walk to the glowworm tunnel. This is a 9km round trip walk which starts from Wolgan Rd about 7km south of Newnes. There is a kiosk at Newnes in the historic Newnes Hotel with basic food items as well as information on the site and its history. If this is your first meet you will soon find everyone is very friendly and layed back and it wont take long to learn or do something you are interested in. I will be walking out to the Glow Worm tunnel on Sunday morning for those who would like to tag along. Its a 9km round trip but a reasonably easy walk with lots to see like the old remnants of the railway, the glow worm tunnel itself and the pagoda rock formations on the way out.
About 1km past the Hotel on your left is the campsite where we will be meeting. 2wd cars will be able to access this point no problem. The campsite at Newnes is part of the Wollemi National Park and therefore national park rules apply here. There are two pit-toilets; one in the main camping area where we will be meeting and one over the river on the way to the oil shale ruins. These are the only public toilet facilities at Newnes. There are several barbeque "rings" in the main camping area and a few more at several other locations. If you wish to have an open fire (subject to any fire restrictions), please use these rings unless you have a gas cooker. Currently, there is no charge for camping within Wollemi National Park. Pets are not permitted within Wollemi National Park. If you have a dog, you will have to camp outside of National Park land on the private land in front of the Newnes hotel. A $20 fee applies here and only well behaved dogs are permitted.
The camp ground is a large grassed area. I will be swagging it up deluxe at this meet but there is plenty of trees at the perimeter of the campsite for hammocks.
If you have any questions just post them up here. It should be a really relaxing and fun meet with a beautiful camp site and easy access with plenty to see and do. Hope to see as many people there as we can get!
G'day guys i thought i'd just ask i anyone in the Illawarra or South Coast would like to go to this event and Car-pool?.
I plan on going but it would be great if i had some company and someone to pitch in for the fuel costs .
I am heading off from Rockdale on midday FRIDAY 12th , railway station on Illawarra line is only across the road from me.
I'll be going with a mate of mine.
I got space enough for another one or two passenger (depending on the items they carried) on my car.
Its a Landcruiser, so I got quite large boot space.
Are you going to bring your bow and arrows again? not sure if this is allowed in public land,
OTOH, if you got R license, the gaming part of the forest is not too far away (its weekend so usually very noisy = no hunting)
I can't say for sure yet. I twisted my ankle and broke my fibula just over 3 weeks ago. It's still very sore and I'm just not sure I should be venturing onto uneven ground and definitely wouldn't be able to participate in much. I just heard on the radio that it's going to be raining Thursday, Friday, Saturday which is a bit of a concern also.
I'm thinking that I probably should pull out but I was really looking forward to going. I'll make up my mind on Friday though.