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McKeowns Valley Walk
Time: 1 hr 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: 3.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Climb: 224 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 224 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: Hard

Exploring the Jenolan River, this track makes for one of the more beautiful walks in the Jenolan area as it winds its way along the creek bed. High cliffs on either side form an amazing valley, and there are views of the caves as well as a great spot to break at the campsite. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of McKeowns Valley Walk
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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
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 +
 
The track between Carlotta's Arch and the Carpark Intersection
 
The track between Carlotta's Arch and the Carpark Intersection +
 
Going down to the Jenolan River
 
Going down to the Jenolan River +

 
Crossing the Jenolan River
 
Crossing the Jenolan River +
 
Part of the cliffs surrounding the Jenolan River
 
Part of the cliffs surrounding the Jenolan River +
 
The footpath going into the campsite
 
The footpath going into the campsite +

 
The grasslands surrounding the campsite
 
The grasslands surrounding the campsite +
 
The dry river bed of the Jenolan River
 
The dry river bed of the Jenolan River +
 
McKeown's Valley Campsite
 
McKeown's Valley Campsite +

Terrain


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 McKeowns Valley Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the McKeowns Valley Walk bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the McKeowns Valley Walk 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 3.1km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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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
920m of this walk is flat with no steps and another 410m has short steep hills. The remaining (190m) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 840m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 680m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 190m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.5km 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right 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.

(0.41 km) Carlotta Arch Lookout to Int of Carlotta and Mckeown's Valley Tracks
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 75 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the 'Carlotta Arch'[12][13] lookout, this walk follows the gravel path[14] (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'[15].
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'.

(0.49 km) Int of Carlotta and Mckeowns Valley Tracks to Int of Mckeowns Valley Bushtrack and Devils Coachhouse Trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 194 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -37 m
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).

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

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