Jenolan Cottages to Caves

2 hrs

4.6 km One way

103 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Jenolan Cottages to Caves 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.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Jenolan 1:25 000 Map Series 89303N JENOLAN NSW-89303N
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Jenolan Cottages to Caves bushwalking track

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

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 4.6 km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining 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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Jenolan Cottages to Caves walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Jenolan Cottages to Caves walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Jenolan Cottages to Caves walk starts at the Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration (gps: -33.785898, 150.02527)
Your main transport option to Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
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The Jenolan Cottages to Caves ends at the Caves House (gps: -33.820325, 150.02117)
Your main transport option to Caves House is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
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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



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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 :)