Date(s) - 12/05/2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes – the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery.
Built in 1906, the refinery was an ambitious undertaking by the British based Commonwealth Oil Corporation to exploit the Wolgan Valley’s vast shale reserves. The use of 19th century technology and the importation of lower priced crude oil into Australia finally closed the works in 1932.
All that remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are the industrial ruins and building foundations dispersed across the historically significant landscape.
This half day walking tour will explore the fascinating history of the once thriving shale oil industry, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, the remote township of Newnes and the Wolgan River.
Date and Time: 9am Saturday 12th May 2018
Inclusions: Morning tea, bottled water, park fees and local guide.
Meeting Point: Newnes Hotel, Wolgan Road, Newnes Wolgan Valley NSW 2790
Contact and Bookings: As numbers are strictly limited (max 10 guests) call 0439 464 660 or email email@example.com today to book your place. See our Terms & Conditions at www.wolganvalleyecotours.com.au.