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McKeowns Valley Circuit
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
18.4 km SE of Oberon
Length: 3.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Climb: 347 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 347 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

Looping around the northern bush tracks surrounding Jenolan Caves, this walk explores a variety of different environments, up on the ridges and down along the river. The campsite is a great spot to break and enjoy the quiet, at one of the less-frequented areas of the park. Be sure to allow time to enjoy the views from up on the ridge and especially of Carlotta's Arch. Watch out for stinging nettles down on the river. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for McKeowns Valley Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of McKeowns Valley Circuit
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Caves House
Top of Carlotta Arch Steps
Carlotta Arch Lookout
Int of 6 ft track and Carlotta Arch Track
Int of Carlotta and Mckeowns Valley Tracks
Int of Mckeowns Valley Bushtrack and Devils Coachhouse Trail
McKeown's Valley Campsite
McKeowns Valley Lookdown
Carlotta Carpark Intersection
Int of Carlotta and Mckeown's Valley Tracks
Int of 6FT and Carlotta Arch Track
Carlotta Arch Lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: Carlotta Arch Lookout

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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 +
 
Looking down on Cave's House from Carlotta's Arch
 
Looking down on Cave's House from Carlotta's Arch +
 
The vegetation next to the track and the Jenolan River
 
The vegetation next to the track and the Jenolan River +

 
Next to the Jenolan River
 
Next to the Jenolan River +
 
Crossing the Jenolan River
 
Crossing the Jenolan River +
 
The Cliffs near the campsite
 
The Cliffs near the campsite +

 
McKeown's Valley Campsite
 
McKeown's Valley Campsite +
 
The servicetrail
 
The servicetrail +
 
McKeown's Valley Lookdown
 
McKeown's Valley Lookdown +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the McKeowns Valley Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the McKeowns Valley Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the McKeowns Valley Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the McKeowns Valley Circuit 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 3.5km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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.
Gradient
2.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 990m is flat with no steps. Whilst another 190m is very steep and the remaining 35m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 840m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 3.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 190m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 3.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


No permits are required



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

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

(0.41 km) Carlotta Arch Lookout to Int of Mckeowns Valley Bushtrack and Devils Coachhouse Trail
Track: Hard - footpath,bushtrack
Length = 269 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -45 m
Continue straight: From the 'Carlotta Arch'[11][12] lookout, this walk follows the gravel path[13] (past the top of the steps) gently uphill (initially keeping the arch to your right) a short distance to an intersection with the sign posted 'Six Foot Track' (on your right), where another sign points back to 'Caves House'[14].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the gravel footpath until coming to an intersection with a track signposted as the way to the 'Devil's Coachhouse'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads off the gravel footpath and goes down the stairs, zigzagging down the hill. The walk then crosses a bridge over the Jenolan River and comes to intersection with a bush track, marked by a 'Devil's Coachhouse' sign.

(0.68 km) Int of Mckeowns Valley Bushtrack and Devils Coachhouse Trail to McKeowns Valley Campsite
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 844 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -41 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads alongside the Jenolan River (left of the track). The track crosses the river at several points using metal bridges. (Watch out for stinging nettles along this part of the track.) Continuing north along the gravel footpath, the walk slowly winds to reach an electric fence, then heads through the grass clearings signposted as the 'Old Playing Field'. The walk comes to a group of buildings and an intersection with a management trail (which crosses the Jenolan River).

(1.53 km) McKeown's Valley Campsite to McKeown's Valley Lookdown
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 805 m Time = 28 mins
Climb = 183 m Descent = -67 m
Turn left: From the campground, this walk crosses the Jenolan River and begins to zigzag up the hill to the south-west. This continues to the top of the hill, where the trail passes a large gate[15] and comes out next to a dirt road and several green buildings. At this point, the track heads south along the dirt road for about 20m, before coming to an intersection with a management trail, where there is a sign pointing towards 'Caves House'[16].

(2.33 km) McKeowns Valley Lookdown to Carlotta Carpark Intersection
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 595 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -92 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, following the 'Caves House' sign. The track winds past several private residences and soon heads uphill, coming near a dirt road (Burma Rd). The track turns left and begins to to go down the hill, soon coming to a great informal viewing point which looks over the valley and the Six Foot Track. At this point, the track begins to zigzag down the hill and, at several points, goes past Jenolan Caves Rd. In time, the track comes to a small picnic area and intersection, with a large car park off to the right.

(2.93 km) Carlotta Carpark Intersection to Int of Carlotta and Mckeowns Valley Tracks
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 36 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the gravel footpath. Shortly after passing the entrance to a cave (on the right), the track comes to an intersection with a set of stairs.

(2.96 km) Int of Carlotta and Mckeown's Valley Tracks to Caves House
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 489 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -74 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the gravel footpath until coming to an intersection with a track signposted as the 'Six Foot Track'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Caves House' sign[17] gently downhill along the gravel path a short distance to an intersection and fenced lookout near 'Carlotta Arch'[18][19] (on your left).
Continue straight: From the fenced lookout near 'Carlotta Arch'[20][21], this walk follows the 'Caves House' sign gently uphill along the stone path[22] 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[23] passing views down to Caves House[24], past a bench seat[25] to a 'Caves House' information sign[26]. The path continues more gently downhill for another 100m past the 'Grand Arch' information sign (and view of the Arch)[27] then just over 30m later to the 'Southside Show Caves' information sign[28]. 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[29], opposite Caves House[30], where a 'Six Foot Track' sign points up the steps[31]. The official end of the Six Foot Track.

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 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 McKeowns Valley Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from McKeowns Valley Circuit
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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 3 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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% 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.
Region:
Park fees I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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