Glow Worm Tunnel
Retrace your steps back to Bungleboori, then turn left and continue down Glow Worm Tunnel Road. The road is in good condition and a standard 2WD will have no trouble in dry weather. You may want to give it a miss though if there has been a lot rain. It is about 25km to the Glow Worm Tunnel car park with the highlight being driving through the old railway tunnel a kilometre from the end. The tunnel is only wide enough for one vehicle at a time, so make you sure you give the horn a toot and turn on your headlights before entering.
From the car park, it is an easy 1km walk to the Glow Worm tunnel. It is completely dark inside so torches are essential. Stick close to the right hand wall and you will avoid wet feet, then once you are a hundred metres in and the sunlit entrance has disappeared around the curve, stop and turn all the torches off to be mesmerised by the glow worms that call this tunnel home. The glow worms are actually the larvae of Fungus Knat Flies, and the glow itself is produced by a reaction between oxygen and the larvaís body. Remember not to touch the glow worms at all, as any contact will kill them.
The tunnel is only a couple of hundred metres long and once out the other end, itís possible to continue with the walk down into Newnes, the old mining ruins and the Newnes Flat camping area.
Getting there The Zig Zag Railway starting point is about an hour's drive west of Richmond along Bells Line Road. A 4WD is necessary for both the Lost City and Blackfellows Hand trail, but a 2WD vehicle should be ok to the Glow Worm Tunnel if there hasn't been any recent rain.
Stay Camping is available at Bungleboori Picnic Area and Newnes Flat with the latter being the better option. There are no camping fees at either location. You will need to be fully sself-sufficient, including taking your own water.
Thumbs up Kids will love exploring the Lost City, the Glow Worm Tunnel and the mining ruins at Newnes. So much to see and learn at the same time.