River Walk (Blue Lake)

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 hr 30 mins

2.6 km Circuit

216 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the River Walk (Blue Lake) 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 River Walk (Blue Lake) bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the River Walk (Blue Lake)

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 2.6 km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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


Around 2.5km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 110m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 2.6km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 2.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 2.6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 2.3km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 260m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the River Walk (Blue Lake) walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the River Walk (Blue Lake) walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The River Walk (Blue Lake) walk starts and ends at the Grand Arch East (gps: -33.819113, 150.02388)
Your main transport option to Grand Arch East is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(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/rwl

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 🙂