1 hr 30 mins
Jenolan Caves House
(0km) Caves House → Carlotta Arch Lookout
(0.41km) Top of Carlotta Arch Steps → Bottom of Carlotta Arch Steps
(0.41km) Carlotta Arch Lookout → Int of Carlotta and Mckeown’s Valley Tracks
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’.
(0.49km) Int of Carlotta and Mckeowns Valley Tracks → Int of Mckeowns Valley Bushtrack and Devils Coachhouse Trail
(0.68km) Int of Mckeowns Valley Bushtrack and Devils Coachhouse Trail → McKeowns Valley Campsite
Maps for the McKeowns Valley Walk walkYou 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|
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.
|Time||1 hr 30 mins|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
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.
This whole walk, 1.5km is clearly signposted.
Around 1.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 190m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
From Caves House, this short but relatively steep trail goes up to Carlotta’s Arch, enjoying fantastic views out over Blue Lake, the Jenolan Valley and River. Back at Caves House, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a milkshake in the bistro. For those in Jenolan primarily do a caves tour, this is a great walk to add a little bit of variety to your day.
Total climbing: 95m
828 m Return
Following the ridge above the Jenolan River, this walk enjoys great views of the valley along its course. From the various lookouts along the way, it is possible to see the Six Foot Track across the valley. Caves House is a great spot to start and end the walk with a relaxing hot drink or snack.
Total climbing: 220m
2.2 km Return
1 hr 9 mins
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.
Total climbing: 347m
3.5 km Circuit
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.
Total climbing: 103m
4.6 km One way
This classic walk takes you from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves via a historic horse route. The walk travels mainly along well-maintained service tracks and explores Nellie’s Glen, Megalong Valley, Cox’s River, Black Range, and Jenolan. There are well established and popular campsites along the way.
Total climbing: 2066m
44.8 km One way
The Six Foot Track is a classic walk which takes you from the Explorers Tree in Katoomba out to the amazing Jenolan Caves. This walk stays the night in Alum Creek Reserve before tackling the long hill up to Black Range Road. The walk is a classic and normally done in 3 days, this two day option is for the fit and keen.
Total climbing: 2066m
44.8 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This walk takes you from the Grand Arch along the surreal Blue Lake, following the hillside downstream to the old Jenolan Caves Hydroelectric Station. The track is dotted with magnificent views of Carlotta’s Arch and the top of the Grand Arch. The circuit-style walk brings you underneath the bridge and back to the amazing Grand Arch.
Total climbing: 216m
2.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Starting from Megalong Rd, this walk will take you past the historic Megalong Cemetery and then through some farmland as you wander along private dirt roads on part of the Six Foot Track. Just shy of 1km into the walk, you will then follow a track as it crosses the Guyvey Bridge and meanders through the pleasant open farmland with views of the distant escarpment. In time, the walk leaves the farms and explores the more dense forest and granite boulders before coming to the granite carved Coxs River. There is a chance to explore the river up close or take a bird’s-eye view from the swing bridge. The tracknotes also describe a side trip to the Six Foot Track lodge, great if you want to stay and explore the area for longer.
Total climbing: 772m
12.6 km Return
5 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows the Glenraphael Drive management trail along Narrow Neck, enjoying plenty of great views of the Jamison Valley and across to Mount Solitary. The climb down Taro’s ladder requires skill, and much care and caution should be used. There are plenty of pleasant spots to rest along the way. As this walk follows the management trail, there are likely to be people on mountain bikes sharing the area.
Total climbing: 671m
20 km Return
From the locked gate on Glenraphael Dr, on Narrow Neck, this walk heads out to Castle Head lookout. From the Lookout, there are fantastic views over the Jamison Valley back to Katoomba and over to Mount Solitary. You get a birds eye view of Ruined Castle, and distant views of the Three Sisters. Much of the walk follows the western escarpment, giving views most of the way. The road out to the gate is dirt, and is generally well maintained.
Total climbing: 229m
4.2 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
With quite significant hills, this is a great walk is for the day-walker looking for something more challenging than the average Katoomba cliff top walk. With fantastic views at Botting’s Lookout, from the top of the Ruined Castle, and especially good views from Mt Solitary, this walk is well worth the time invested.
Total climbing: 1048m
11.7 km Return
8 hrs 45 mins
Entering into the Jamison Valley via the popular Golden Staircase, this walk climbs one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Jamison Valley – The Ruined Castle. A beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba. Explore some of the history of the coal mining in this part of the Jamison Valley.
Total climbing: 666m
7.9 km Return
This is the two day version of this popular and challenging walk. This walk passes popular sights including the Landslide, Ruined Castle, Mt Solitary and Wentworth Falls, and is a great way to explore the Jamison Valley. Water is rarely available at the campsite, with the Kedumba River being the only source of reliable water in the middle of this walk.
Total climbing: 2135m
29.2 km One way
Circling the Jamison Valley, this spectacular three day walk is packed with great views and beautiful scenery. From Scenic World the walk heads around the base of the cliffs before climbing up to the Ruined Castle and then Mt Solitary. Walkers can rest in the sheltered Chinaman’s Gully campsite overnight (don’t expect water). Day two takes a rough track across Solitary and down to the Kedumba River. On the third day, the walk climbs to King’s Tableland and the beautiful and amazing Wentworth Falls.
Total climbing: 2147m
29.3 km One way
Exploring below the cliffs on the western side of the Scenic Railway, this walk passes some spectacular lookouts, especially the view from the Landslide. In addition to this, it goes through beautiful shrouded forest before climbing steeply up the Golden Staircase. Once out of the valley, be prepared for a long walk back along dirt and asphalt roads to Scenic World.
Total climbing: 723m
5.9 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
Any walk that begins with a trip on the world’s steepest railway is bound to be exciting, but its the tranquility of Leura Forest that makes this walk extra special. From the bottom of the Scenic Railway, this walk goes through the cool forest at the base of the cliffs, until reaching Leura Forest. This is a great spot to relax and enjoy the serenity of a day in the bush before returning back along the bush track.
Total climbing: 622m
6.7 km Return
4 hrs 30 mins
One of the longer day-walks in the Katoomba area, this track goes from the very popular Scenic World to the fantastic lookout on top of the Ruined Castle and then on to the amazing Mt Solitary. Be prepared for a long, but amazing, day of viewing the Jamison Valley. Make sure you are back to catch the train up in time, or be prepared to walk out one of the alternate routes, either via Furber Steps or via the Golden Staircase.
Total climbing: 1345m
16.2 km Return
This is a very popular, full day walk, in the Katoomba Area, offering great views of the valley. The walk follows the edge of the cliffs, through the undergrowth, from the Scenic Railway to the Ruined Castle. There are great views to enjoy from the Ruined Castle. Arrive back in time to catch the Scenic Railway back up, or be prepared for the walk up Furber Steps, an alternate exit.
Total climbing: 963m
12.4 km Return
7 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/mvw
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* 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.