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Jenolan Cottages to Caves
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
16.6 km ESE of Oberon
Length: 4.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Climb: 103 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 103 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: One way
Track: Hard

This is a great walk for those staying at Jenolan Cottages and wanting to walk to the Caves. Following the well-maintained and signposted Six Foot Track, there are great views and a variety of environments to enjoy. Be sure to notice the buildings surrounding Caves House as you come into the Jenolan Area. To finish the walk, Caves House is a great spot to sit and have a cup of coffee before exploring the caves or heading back to the cottages. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Jenolan Cottages to Caves

Map of Walk


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Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration
Jenolan Caves Cottages
Int of 6FT and Mt George trail
Int of 6FT and Carlotta Arch Track
Top of Carlotta Arch Steps
Carlotta Arch Lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration

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)

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 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

The Jenolan Caves Lodge Administration
The Jenolan Caves Lodge Administration +
Jenolan Caves Cottages
Jenolan Caves Cottages +
The 6 ft track
The 6 ft track +

Jenolan Karst Reserve
Jenolan Karst Reserve +
Looking down into the Jenolan Valley
Looking down into the Jenolan Valley +
Just south of Int with Mt George Servicetrail
Just south of Int with Mt George Servicetrail +

The end of the 6 ft track
The end of the 6 ft track +
Blue Lake through Carlotta's Arch
Blue Lake through Carlotta's Arch +
Cave's House
Cave's House +


Cross sectional view of the Jenolan Cottages to Caves bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Jenolan Cottages to Caves bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Jenolan Cottages to Caves bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Jenolan Cottages to Caves bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.6km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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.
3.7km of this walk is very steep and another 540m has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 410m has short steep hills and the remaining 15m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 870m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (430m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Around 3.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 970m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 870m requires some bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 4.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 3.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 870m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes

Drive to Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration
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.
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Jenolan Caves Cottages Alt = 1183 m
Located 9km from Jenolan Caves by road, Jenolan Caves Cottages offers eight well presented self contained timber cottages for guests to stay in. Each is fully insulated and furnished, with lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and linen. The is a large flat grassy area in front with often with kangaroos grazing and with a children's playground. For more information call the Jenolan Caves on 1300 763 311[1]. The cottages have a two night minimum stay and prices are from around $130 per night per cabin[2].

(0 km) Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration to Jenolan Caves Cottages
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 538 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -18 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Cottages' sign[3] along the driveway past the '20' km/h speed limit sign, initially keeping the office/house to your left[4]. The driveway leads over a small rise then heads downhill for about 300m to pass a toilet block[5]. Here the walk stays on the driveway as it bends left[6] and continues beside the clearing[7] to come beside the cottages[8].

(0.54 km) Jenolan Caves Cottages to Int of 6 ft track and Mt George Firetrail
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.81 km Time = 58 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -232 m
Continue straight: From beside Jenolan Caves Cottages[9], this walk heads gently uphill along driveway[10] (initially keeping the cottages to your right) for about 60m to walk around the metal gate beside 'Six Foot Track' sign[11]. This walk continues along this mostly flat trail for 350m through tall wooded forest to a T-intersection marked with a 'Kia-ora Hill Fire Trail' sign[12]. This walk turns right and follows 'Six Foot Track' sign[13] gently down along the trail for about 300m to find a fairly large flat clearing[14]. The walk continues along the trail which generally leads downhill along the ridge line for 1.5km to where the trail moves to the side of the steep valley (on your right)[15]. The trail begins to become steeper then after 400m the trail leads particularly steeply down along the rocky trail[16] for about 600m. Here the trial flattens out on a saddle with a Y-intersection marked with a 'Six Foot Track' sign (pointing right) and a 'Mt George' sign (pointing ahead)[17].

(3.34 km) Int of 6FT and Mt George trail to Int of 6FT and Carlotta Arch Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 872 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -170 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign[18] downhill along the narrowing track, keeping the steep wide valley to your right. After about 25m the track leads between two timber posts[19] and continues fairly steeply down the side of the valley with glimpses to the cave buildings for 500m where the track flattens out a bit and heads under a solid gum tree leaning over the track[20]. The track continues leading downhill for another 300m to cross a narrow saddle and along a very narrow ridge[21] where there are good views down to Blue Lake[22] (on your left). The track now leads down some timber steps for about 50m to a T-intersection[23] with a gravel path where a 'Six Foot Track' sign points back uphill.

(4.22 km) Int of 6FT and Carlotta Arch Track to Carlotta Arch Lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 14 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Caves House' sign[24] gently downhill along the gravel path a short distance to an intersection and fenced lookout near 'Carlotta Arch'[25][26] (on your left).

(4.23 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 left: 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

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.

(4.23 km) Carlotta Arch Lookout to Caves House
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 414 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -74 m
Continue straight: From the fenced lookout near 'Carlotta Arch'[27][28], this walk follows the 'Caves House' sign gently uphill along the stone path[29] with handrail. The path leads over a small rise to a view into another valley. Here the path begins to zig zag fairly steeply downhill for 150m beside the limestone cliffs[30] passing views down to Caves House[31], past a bench seat[32] to a 'Caves House' information sign[33]. The path continues more gently downhill for another 100m past the 'Grand Arch' information sign (and view of the Arch)[34] then just over 30m later to the 'Southside Show Caves' information sign[35]. The path continues down the side of the valley for another 80m to head down some concrete steps to the side of Jenolan Caves Road[36], opposite Caves House[37], where a 'Six Foot Track' sign points up the steps[38]. The official end of the Six Foot Track.

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[39], 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.

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.
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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 27.6 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 27.7 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 35.4 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 36.2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 55.2 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Jenolan Cottages to Caves.
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Site Distance and dir from Jenolan Cottages to Caves
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
12 km (to the N)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 12 km (to the N)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 34 km (to the NNE)
3 GAR03 Wide Area Comms Site (off) Portland - Sunny Corner Road GARLANDS HILL 43 km (to the N)
2 RYN02 Evans Shire Council Hut Mt Ryan Triangle Flat via ABERCROMBIE 54 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 7 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
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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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