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Wolgan Valley Railway

Branched from the Main Western Line at Newnes Junction, GR 443 930, and terminated at Newnes, GR 424 258. Construction of the Wolgan Valley Railway of some 31 miles 50 chains (51km) from Clarence on the Great Western Railway line to Newnes commenced in November 1906 and was effectively completed in November 1907. The line ceased carrying rail traffic in 1937. Ref: Hicks, George and O'Brien, Dennis. Shays in the Valley. According to Bentley, James. Black Smoke. Blue Mountains, 1988, p. 77, the line finally closed in 1932. This private railway line was built to carry oil, wax, sulphate of ammonia, coke and other various products from the Commonwealth Oil Corporation's shale mine and refinery at Newnes to where it joined the Main Western Line at Newnes Junction. From here, products went on their way to Sydney or, in the case of the coke, to the Lithgow blast furnace. Ref: Bentley, James. Black Smoke. Blue Mountains and McKillop, Bob. Furnace, Fire and Forge, 2006, pp. 204-205.

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Wolgan View Canyon

See Nobles Canyon.

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Wolgan View Lookout
is located on top of the cliff line on the Great Dividing Range just off TheBicentennial National Trail, between Baal Bone Gap and Wolgan Gap. CullenBullen Topo Map, GR 298 149. Read More

Wolgan View Point
 - Wolgan View Point

One of the most impressive viewing points into the Wolgan Valley from the western cliff line. Jutting out from the surrounding cliff line, the line of site is 270 degrees. Located 1.4km north, north east of the junction of the Long Swamp Road and The Bicentennial National Trail. Named by Brian Fox on a Bush Club walk, 21st April 2014.

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Wolgan Window
 - Wolgan Window

See Donkey Mountain, north east section

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Is an Aboriginal word, the meaning unknown. It was first recorded on Surveyor General Sir Thomas Mitchell's Map of the Colony of New South Wales, 1834.

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Wollangambe Crater *

Is an amphitheatre 7km east of Newnes Junction on the northern side of Wollangambe River. Previously known as The Crater. Ref: Geographical Names Board records, 5th March 1975. Crater is a mismoner. The structure is not an impact crater at all. It is a closed loop or anabranch of the Wollangambe River.

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Wollangambe River *
 - Wollangambe River

Is a watercourse approximately 50km long. It rises about 1km south east of Happy Valley Springs and flows generally east then north, north east into the Colo River.

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Wollemi National Park *
 - Wollemi National Park

Is part of the Greater Blue Mountains. It is roughly bounded on the east by the Putty Road, to the south by the Bells Line of Road, while the western boundary adjoins the Gardens of Stone National Park and the northern boundary adjoins the Goulburn River National Park. Our area of interest is covered by the Topo Maps Wollangambe, Rock Hill, Mount Morgan, Cullen Bullen and Ben Bullen. Wollemi National Park is over 487,000 hectares, making it the second largest park in NSW behind Kosciuszko. Located about 150km north west of Sydney. It was created in December 1979 and listed as part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in December 2000. The park contains the largest remaining area of wilderness in NSW. The Wollemi Pine,Wollemia nobili, was named after the area in which it was found and after the person who first found it, David Noble. The Wollemi Pine was first seen and leaf samples collected by David Noble in June 1994. At the time, David was a National Parks and Wildlife Service field officer. Ref: Woodford, James. The Wollemi Pine, 2000, pp.10-14. Wollemi is believed to come from the Darkinung word wollumnii, which means "lookaround you" or "watch your step" Ref: Woodford, James. The Wollemi Pine, 2000, p. 5. Wollemi, Wallambine, Wollombi (a.k.a. Wolombi or Wallumbi) and more are variations of the same Aboriginal expressions and could have been the original tribal term for the people or the country of the Hawkesbury Hunter Ranges. Ford, Geoff E. Darkinung Recognition, Masters Thesis, 2010, p. 77. Also, "The general word Wollemi, Wollombi and Wallambine [a wide range of spellings] was an oral term used by Darkinung Language Aborigines for county of the northern Blue Mountains", Op. cit. p. 424.

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Wombat Gully
 - Wombat Gully

Gives access from one of the many tributaries of Cullen Creek to the top of the cliff line. Located 530m near due north of Invincible Trig Station. Named by Yuri Bolotin on a Bush Club walk, 30th August 2103, due to close sighting of a large Wombat within the gully nearby.

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Wonder Pass
 - Wonder Pass

Is so named, as on the Cullen Bullen Topo Map the cliff line on the eastern side of Carne Creek via Fire Trail No. 6 off Glowworm Tunnel Road, shows 162m relative height of the cliff line. So Yuri Bolotin on the Bush Club walk, 28th April 2014 "wondered" whether there would be a walking access. The reality was that there is no cliff, in its place is a steep grade talus slope that can be climbed easily all the way to the top that coincides with the 1000m contour.

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Woolpack Gap *
 - Woolpack Gap

Is a saddle in the mesa east of Woolpack Rock. It is 2.3km east of Wolgan Trig Station. To the north is the drainage for Red Rock Creek in the Capertee Valley. To the south is the drainage which flows into Barton Creek in the Wolgan Valley.

The name Woolpack Gap was called Wolgan Gap Ref: Parish of Wolgan 1905, 3rd ed; 1916, 4th; 1930, 5th editions and Carnes Geological Map Capertee and Wolgan Valley, 1901. It was not until the Ben Bullen Topo Map of 1974 that Woolpack Gap is shown. Gazetted by the Geographical Names Board 20th June 1975.  It quite obviously was renamed to avoid confusion with the name Wolgan Gap on the Wolgan Road at the entrance to the valley.

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Woolpack Rock *
 - Woolpack Rock

Is a rock formation in the mesa 2.2km east of Mount Davidson and Wolgan Trig Station. Named by Surveyor John Byrne Richards and shown on his Survey Plan, 3rd January 1831 as The wool-pack-rock. Ref: Survey Plan B4-691r. In early editions of the Parish of Wolgan, shown as Woolpack Rock. This name and the name Wolgan is the first names recorded by Europeans in the Wolgan Valley. Described by Michael Keats, 4th September 2009, as, " Woolpack Rocks, looking like 4 huge woolbales, batched together."

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Y Canyon
 - Y Canyon

Is the south west arm of a deeply incised feature that drains water from the Mount Budgary Plateau into Budgary Creek. The top end is located at GR 489 114 and the junction of the two branches of the "Y" Canyon is at GR 489 115. Named by Michael Keats on a Bush Club walk, 28th December 2007.

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Yahoo Ridge
 - Yahoo Ridge

Extends 2.3km from Natural Bridge on Mount Cameron Trail in a generally north east direction to above Nayook Creek. So named after the Yah Hut, which lies in ruins at the eastern end of this ridge. Name recorded in the Yah Hut Log Book entry, 12th November 1972.

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