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Carlotta's Arch Track
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
18.4 km SE of Oberon
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Climb: 95 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 95 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

From Caves House, this short but relatively steep trail goes up to Carlotta's Arch, enjoying fantastic views out over Blue Lake, the Jenolan Valley and River. Back at Caves House, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a milkshake in the bistro. For those in Jenolan primarily do a caves tour, this is a great walk to add a little bit of variety to your day. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Carlotta's Arch Track

Map of Walk


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Map of Carlotta's Arch Track
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Map Scale 500 meters
Caves House
Top of Carlotta Arch Steps
Starting point for this hiking track: Carlotta Arch Lookout

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Jenolan 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89303N 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

Cave's House
Cave's House +
The Grand Arch from Carlotta's Track
The Grand Arch from Carlotta's Track +
Carlotta's Arch Footpath
Carlotta's Arch Footpath +

The view of the western valley
The view of the western valley +
Flowers along the track
Flowers along the track +
Deformity on gum tree
Deformity on gum tree +

Blue Lake
Blue Lake +
Carlotta's Arch
Carlotta's Arch +
Steps down below Carlotta's Arch
Steps down below Carlotta's Arch +


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Carlotta's Arch Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Carlotta's Arch Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Carlotta's Arch Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Carlotta's Arch Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 830m
Time 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
This whole walk, 410m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 410m follows a smooth and hardened path.

This whole walk, 410m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 410m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 410m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 410m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Caves House
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Jenolan Caves House Alt = 790 m
Jenolan Caves House, built in 1898, is a heritage-listed building which houses dining, a variety of accommodation options[1], and other services for visitors to the caves. Jenolan has two licensed restaurants: Trails Bistro is open from breakfast onwards and closes early evening. Trails serves a range of light meals including sandwiches, salads and hot food. Chisholm's Restaurant is open each morning for breakfast and each evening for dinner from 6.00pm. Essential items and beautiful souvenirs may be purchased from Things Jenolan, located on the ground floor of Caves House. Don't forget to explore one of the many caves to explore in the area. For more information, call Jenolan Caves on 1300 76 33 11.

(0 km) Caves House to Carlotta Arch Lookout
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 414 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 74 m Descent = -21 m
From the opposite side of the Jenolan Caves Road from Caves House[2], this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign up the concrete steps[3]. The walk then follows the stone footpath up the side of the valley for about 80m to pass the 'Southside Show Caves' information sign[4] then just over 30m later to the 'Grand Arch' information sign (and view of the Arch)[5]. The walk continues fairly gently up the path for 100m (as it bends right) to find 'Caves House' information sign[6]. The path soon starts leading much more steeply up as it begins to Zig Zag up past a seat[7] and more views down to caves house[8] for 150m beside the limestone cliffs[9]. At the top of this climb the path leads over a small small rise then gently down to a fenced lookout beside 'Carlotta Arch'[10][11].

(0.41 km) Top of Carlotta Arch Steps to Bottom of Carlotta Arch Steps
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 31 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk goes down the stairs until coming to the entrance of the cave. On the way, this walk goes under the towering Carlotta's Arch. The lookout has great views of the valley and Blue Lake.

Carlotta Arch Alt = 843 m
Carlotta Arch is a large and spectacular cave remnant overlooking Blue Lake. It is believed that the arch was named in honour of a daughter of a surveyor - General P.F. Adams. Adams is credited with having taken some of the earliest photos at Jenolan.

Drive from Caves House
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 29.2 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 29.4 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 39.2 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 39.9 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 55.8 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Carlotta's Arch Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Carlotta's Arch Track
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
16 km (to the N)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 16 km (to the N)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 37 km (to the NNE)
3 GAR03 Wide Area Comms Site (off) Portland - Sunny Corner Road GARLANDS HILL 46 km (to the N)
2 RYN02 Evans Shire Council Hut Mt Ryan Triangle Flat via ABERCROMBIE 53 km (to the W)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Central Ranges fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 8 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve Link to official closures and fire bans page
This Reserve is home to the world famous Jenolan Caves. The are a number of guided tours avaible paying visitors to explore the underground on well maintianed tracks through the caves. There are also a number of self guided caves that you can walk through at your own leisure, including the masive Grand Arch which you can drive through. There is accomodation and food avaialble in the area and a number of nice walks.
Park fees I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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