4 hrs

6 km Return

375 m

Very experienced only
A great day or overnight walk along Erskine Creek to the Dadder Camping Cave. This cave has a long history of use for overnight camps. The lovely Erskine Creek provides plenty of opportunities to cool the feet down. The climb down to Erskine Creek is steep, and the walk along the banks of Erskine Creek can be very slow at times.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Dadder Cave walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Penrith 1:25 000 Map Series 90303N PENRITH NSW-90303N
Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 PENRITH 9030

Cross sectional view of the Dadder Cave bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Dadder Cave

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 6 km
Time 4 hrs

Grade 6/6

Very experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep and difficult scrambles (5/6)
Quality of track Off track (no visible track at times) (6/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required Very high level of bushwalking experience recommended (6/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 2.1km of this walk is very steep with difficult rock scrambles, whilst the remaining 850m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

1.5km of this walk follows a known route where there is no visible track and another 760m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 610m follows a smooth and hardened path and a 75m section follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining 20m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 2.2km of this walk Has no directional signs, whilst the remaining 780m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

1.5km of this walk requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience and another 760m requires no previous bushwalking experience. Whilst another 610m requires at least one leader with a very high level of bushwalking experience and a 75m section requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining 20m requires some bushwalking experience.


1.6km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 780m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (610m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 2.2km of this walk has no facilities provided, whilst the remaining 780m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Dadder Cave walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Dadder Cave walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Dadder Cave walk starts and ends at the Pisgah Rock track head (gps: -33.828459, 150.5717)
Your main transport option to Pisgah Rock track head is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/dc

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂