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  • Passes - Rennies Tunnel

    Grading1Easy
    Track Type3Unmarked track.
    Track Condition3OK, some work needed.
    Exposure1No Exposure
    Navigation1Easy.
    Length250m
    Vertical0m

    Although technically not a pass Rennies Tunnel does allow access to and from the valley. Running through the rock of the first Narrow Neck, it was used as an access tunnel for the mining industry of the 19th century. It is only 1.4 m high and was built to accomodate a cable tramway which brought shale/coal from the Megalong valley mines to the bottom of the (now) scenic railway for haulage up the cliff face and out to the railway siding at West Katoomba.

    Access:

    • Devils Hole track / Narrow Neck climbers track
    • Federal Pass

    Map:   Katoomba

    Notes:

    The entrance to Rennies Tunnel can be found on Federal Pass about 1km from the Golden Stairs junction. It is easy to see and has a fence just inside it. The fence does not block the entrance completely. The water is normally about knee deep and contains oxides which will colour any clothing / footwear orange, so wear aold clothing. The tunnel is only 1.3m in places so a helmet would be a good idea. The tunnel is about 250m long so you will need a torch and be hunched over for quite a while. You will see bits of old tramway hardware at the begining of the tunnel as well as a colony of microbats at the other end.

    Upon reaching the end you can either reverse your journey or make your way up to the right (no track) and connect with the climbers track which eventually leads to Devil's Hole.

    Last updated : 18 Nov 2016
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