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Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve


Explore the caves at Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Not far from Oberon, it’s a great daytrip or weekend away; you can stay overnight in heritage accommodation.

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Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, Jenolan Caves is the oldest cave system in the world and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

The main attraction is the vast network of caves and a number of them can be explored via a guided tour, plus a couple of others that you can explore on your own. There are also numerous special events throughout the year, including performances and concerts inside the caves, themed dinners and special events.

The reserve offers wonderful opportunities for birdwatching, so remember to take your binoculars to look for a better view, you might also catch a glimpse of a brush-tailed rock wallaby or a platypus. There are several walking tracks to explore within the reserve, all leaving from the Caves House. Look for eastern water dragons along the Blue Pool walking track or take the McKeown Valley walk upstream from Devil’s Coach House.

Highlights in this park

  • Carlotta Arch walking track, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust

    Carlotta Arch walking track

    Also called Shaping Waters walk, Carlotta Arch walking track at Jenolan Caves offers a bird's-eye view of beautiful Blue Lake and is great for bird wa...

  • Jenolan River walking track, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust

    Jenolan River walking track

    Jenolan River walking track is all about scenic water views. Also called Working Waters walk, this is an easy bushwalk great for bird watching or swim...

  • McKeown Valley walking track, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust

    McKeown Valley walking track

    Take McKeown Valley walking track, or Healing Waters walk, to experience the Jenolan Caves area and surface karst features within Blue Mountains.

  • Volunteer eradicating weeds, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Jenolan Caves sycamore war

    Join a diverse group of dedicated volunteers in a range of bush regeneration activities around Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Enjoy the social in...


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Jenolan environmental monitoring program

The Jenolan environmental monitoring program, created in 2008, uses special sensory equipment to measure tiny variations in air and water quality at different sites around the karst environment of Jenolan Caves. While still allowing visitors to explore the caves, this allows scientists to protect geodiversity, ensuring conditions stay stable for future generations.

Visitors inside Jenolan Caves, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: J Lim


  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • This reserve is open every day from sunrise to sunset. Check the Jenolan Caves website for information about guided tours, restaurants and events.

    • Jenolan Caves
      (02) 6359 3911
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily
    • Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6359 3307
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Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: David Hill