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Mares Forest Creek walking track

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is closed until 30 June 2023 while we upgrade facilities in this park. Find out more about the improvements underway at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Tracking through a marble karst area along a stream, Mares Forest Creek walking track in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Area takes you to Tinted Cave.

3.2km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade 4
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Please note

  • It's a good idea to bring a torch to see Tinted Cave and binoculars if you want to go bird watching.
  • Take care in the water if you're swimming in the creek, and please supervise children at all times.
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.

Be in awe of the striking landscape as you take an easy hike along Mares Forest Creek walking track. After around 1.6km and about 45 minutes, you’ll arrive at Tinted Cave, the only cave in Wombeyan you can explore yourself.

Bring a picnic and take a break by the creek. You might also want to bring your swimmers, since there are some deep pools of water alongside some shallower areas that are suitable for smaller kids. Don’t forget your camera either, because you’ll want to remember this remarkable landscape when you get back home.

Birdlife is abundant in the kurrajong trees and yellow box gums, so be sure to bring your binoculars too if birdwatching is of interest. During summer, you may see lizards sunning themselves on rocks, and kangaroos, wallabies and wombats are often spotted close to nightfall.

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Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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