12 May 2018
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.