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Glow-Worm Tunnel Canyon

Also known as: Bell's Grotto Canyon


Glow Worm Tunnel Canyon, often known as Bell's Grotto Canyon runs alongside the popular Glow Worm tunnel at the end of Glow Worm Tunnel Road on the Newnes Plateau. From the end of Glow Worm Tunnel road, walk to the tunnel, then through it (you will need torches). From the other end of the tunnel, turn left and walk upstream through the Canyon until you meet up with the path again which brought you to the top end of the tunnel. The path is up the right hand bank of the creek.

Detailed Guide

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Driving there

From Lithgow or Bells Line of Road, Zig Zag historic railway station, get on to Glow Worm Tunnel Road and follow it all the way to its end (quite a long drive - 2wd is possible but often difficult if the road is out of condition). After passing through a tunnel you will reach the end of the road where a large parking area is available.

Walking In

Continue on past the end of the road down the walking trail (well sign posted) towards the Glow Worm Tunnel. Continue on through the Tunnel (torches required).

The Canyon

At the end of the Glow Worm Tunnel turn left and walk upstream through the Canyon.

Walking Out

At the end of the Canyon, simply follow the path up the RIGHT hand bank back on to the track you walked down to the Glow Worm Tunnel on. There is another track heading up the left hand bank up a very steep hill - this is not the exit track, and doesn't go anywhere. Once back on the route walked in on, simply head back to your car.

Example Timings

Group of 9 people, 1 experienced, 8 complete beginners of all ages - a family group. Total trip was 1h 45min.

  • 25 min from car to tunnel
  • 10 min through the tunnel
  • 50 min from end of the tunnel to end of the canyon (including erroneous detour up left bank)
  • 15 min from end of canyon back to the cars




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