New book on Newnes

Just released is a new book on Newnes in the Wolgan Valley, which includes many of my images of the area. We produced the book for the proprietor of The Newnes Hotel.

In the early 19th century, Newnes was the scene of large-scale oil shale mining and processing. Now it is a sleepy ‘ghost’ village with only the pub still standing, in a spectacular cliff-bound setting. Most of the area and the industrial ruins are part of Wollemi National Park (and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area), and the area is very popular with campers, naturalists and history buffs.

The book is available from the Newnes Hotel and also from our Publications page.

Only the chimneys remain of the old Newnes Public School.


Dawn breaks over the cliff-bound Wolgan Valley.

Copyright Ian Brown Photography