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Valley of the Swamps *

Is located in the Blue Mountains National Park, 7.2km east, south east of Deep Pass and about 6km south, south east of Rock Hill. Name shown on the 1:63 360 Army Survey Corps Wollangambe Map. Named by Lieutenant Colonel Clews, Royal Australian Survey Corps, survey party, 1930. Ref: Gough, Noel R. "The Major" Lt. Col. Hugh Powell Gough Clews.

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Vertigo Slot
 - Vertigo Slot

Is located 1.8km north east of Invincible Trig. Named by Yuri Bolotin, June 2013. Yuri recorded, looking at it from the top, it is so steep and narrow, and it gives you a sense of vertigo.

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Wall of Teeth
 - Wall of Teeth

Is a narrow rocky outcrop on the north south spine between Red Rocks and Mount Dawson. Named by Dr Haydn Washington, c1984. It is aptly named for the serrated projecting ironstone ledges that from below give it the appearance of either dragon's back or a buzz-saw blade, depending on your point of view. Ref: Correspondence with Haydn Washington, 30th May 2010.

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Wall Wall

Is the Aboriginal name for Blackmans Crown. Ref: Smith, Jim. Wywandy and Therabulat. The Aborigines of the Upper Coxs River and their association with Hartley and Lithgow, 1990. Smith records that Wall Wall is a Gundungurra name.

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Wallerawang *

Various spellings have been recorded for Wallerawang: Walerawang, 12th November 1823, Surveyor James McBrien, native name of the creek, (Coxs River). Ref: Field Book 205, State Records: NRS 13889 [SZ205]. Wallerawang, 1830. Ref: Survey Plan 8.691 by James Byrne Richards. Wallerawang, 1833. Ref: The Surveys of the Australian Agriculture Company, published 1st September 1833. Wallerowong, 1856. Spelling as per grave stone erected by Archibald James Walker "in memory of Bobby and the Wallerowong Aborigine Tribe". Same spelling recorded by Archer, Thomas. Recollections of a Rambling Life, 1897, p. 14. Wallerrawang, 1875. Ref: Lang, John Dunmore. An Historical and Statistical Account of New South Wales, 1875, Vol. 2, p. 201. Note: the present spelling is the same as the 1830 and 1833 reference. Colloquially by the locals, the village is referred to by the diminutive "Wang". This aboriginal name according to Helen Riley, Wiradjuri Elder and Sharon Riley, Wiradjuri representative means 'Place of Wood and Water. Ref: Oral history 3rd May 2016.

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Walls of Jericho

Refers to the cliff line on the southern side of the Wolgan River midway between Devils Pinch and Rocky River. Name recorded in Taylor, Pete and Penney, Andrew. The Wolgan Guide, 1984, p. 25.

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Walls of Jerusalem

See Poseidon Arena.

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Wangcol Creek *

Is about 7km in length rising north west of the town of Wallerawang. This creek was named after the name, Wallerawang Colliery. The word, "Wang" is the slang name for the locality. The colliery closed about 1985. Its headwaters are on the northern side of the Mount Piper Power Station and flows generally south east into the Coxs River. The name was assigned by the Geographical Names Board, 7th May 1993.

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Waratah Ridge *
 - Waratah Ridge

Trends from the Blue Mountains Range 3.5km west of Mount Horne in a generally eastern direction for about 13km. This is a descriptive name, as each year many Waratahs flower there from around October. A part of this ridge is traversed by Waratah Ridge Road.

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Watch House Creek *

is a non perennial creek rising on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range 3.5km south, south east of Mount Alloway. It flows generally north and north east for about 4km into Alloway Creek. So named after the Watch House (police lockup) that was located on the southern side of Capertee. Ref: The Sydney Gazette, 12th August 1837, p. 4 which records tenders called for erecting a watch house at Roxburgh. Shown on the map Parish of Coco, 1883.

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Watch Tower Spur
 - Watch Tower Spur

Is a significant spur that runs diagonally across an area known as Alcatraz at an altitude of over 1000m; it has the feature called Watch Towers on its southern end. The spur offers spectacular 360 degree views along most of its length. Located 300m to the west of Woolpack Rock. Named by Yuri Bolotin, Michael Keats and Brian Fox on a Bush Club walk on 27th February 2017.

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Watch Towers
 - Watch Towers

Is a conjoined group of pagodas above the cliff line, 400m south west of Woolpack Rock and 1km south east of Hughes Defile. This viewing location has extensive views across the Wolgan Valley, hence its name. Named by Michael Keats and Brian Fox on a Bush Club walk, 27th May 2016.

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Waterfall Ledges
 - Waterfall Ledges

Were named by Yuri Bolotin on a Bush Club walk, 15th August 2013. Located 1.3km north east of Invincible Trig Station, these successive ledges can be walked and explored. The top ledge of variable width trends for some 60m into a hook shaped arc, where there is a small waterfall.

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Weather Cave
 - Weather Cave

Is located off Glowworm Tunnel Road and Fire Trail No. 7. It is a long, narrow overhang running up the side gully adjoining and on the northern side of Rain Cave. This overhang was surveyed by Ross Ellis and Erik Halbert on 18th October 2006. Ref: The Journal of the Sydney Speleological Society, 2007, 51 (5); pp. 134-138.

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West Side Chamber
 - West Side Chamber

100 metres north of West Side Falls, a weathered cavern of eroded red brown sandstone over 100m in length. Both features are 2.6km west of Cockatoo Hill. Named by Yuri Bolotin on a bush walk, 22nd May 2015. .

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