Jenolan Cottages to Caves
Wiradjuri & Gundungurra Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h

4.5 km
oneway

↑ 56 m
↓ -446 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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Wiradjuri & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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The Jenolan Caves Lodge Administration. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The 6 ft track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Jenolan Karst Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Looking down into the Jenolan Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Just south of Int with Mt George Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The end of the 6 ft track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blue Lake through Carlotta's Arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cave's House. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7860003,150.0251598)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
Finish (-33.8203805,150.0209901)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Cottages' sign along the driveway past the '20' km/h speed limit sign, initially keeping the office/house to your left. The driveway leads over a small rise then heads downhill for about 300m to pass a toilet block. Here the walk stays on the driveway as it bends left and continues beside the clearing to come beside the cottages.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Six Foot Track.
After 70 m find the "Jenolan Caves Cottages" (40 m on your left).
Jenolan Caves Cottages
Jenolan Caves Cottages

Located 9km from Jenolan Caves by road, Jenolan Caves Cottages offers eight well presented self contained timber cottages for guests to stay in. Each is fully insulated and furnished, with lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and linen. The is a large flat grassy area in front with often with kangaroos grazing and with a children's playground. For more information call the Jenolan Caves on 1300 763 311. The cottages have a two night minimum stay and prices are from around $130 per night per cabin.
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Located 9km from Jenolan Caves by road, Jenolan Caves Cottages offers eight well presented self contained timber cottages for guests to stay in. Each is fully insulated and furnished, with lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and linen. The is a large flat grassy area in front with often with kangaroos grazing and with a children's playground. For more information call the Jenolan Caves on 1300 763 311. The cottages have a two night minimum stay and prices are from around $130 per night per cabin.

After another 360 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
After another 7 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 55 m pass the playground (90 m on your right).
After another 2.7 km (at the intersection of Mt George Firetrail & Six Foot Track) veer right, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 860 m veer left, to head along Six Foot Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bottom of Carlotta Arch Steps. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 410 m come to "Tickets and Guide Office".
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the pay phone (25 m on your left).
About 30 m past the end is a car park.
About 25 m past the end is "Jenolan Caves House".
Jenolan Caves House
Jenolan Caves House

Jenolan Caves House, built in 1898, is a heritage-listed building which houses dining, a variety of accommodation options, 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.
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Jenolan Caves House, built in 1898, is a heritage-listed building which houses dining, a variety of accommodation options, 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.

The end.

An optional side trip to Bottom of Carlotta Arch Steps.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m head through the tunnel (about 35 m long)
Then come to the cave.
After another 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 10 m come to the end.
"Carlotta Arch".
Carlotta Arch
Carlotta Arch

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.
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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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 60 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Jenolan Cottages to Caves


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.5 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 4.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
430 m[toilet]
Toilet
4.5 km[toilet]
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