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McKeown Valley walking track

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about McKeown Valley walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    2.6km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    McKeown Valley walking track is in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. To get there from Sydney:

    • Take M4 Motorway, then Great Western Highway over Blue Mountains to Hartley.
    • Turn off at Hartley onto Jenolan Caves Road
    • It’s approximately 45 minutes from here to Jenolan Caves

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at any of the 3 main carparks at Jenolan Caves. Designated disabled parking spots can be found adjacent to the Guides Office and behind Caves House. Bus parking is also available.

    It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you Jenolan Caves Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Treat your mum to a lavish Mother's Day Lunch in the award-winning Chisholm's Restaurant, add in an underground concert or guided tour for a double treat.

    Spring

    It's a great time of year to tackle the Six Foot track; you can camp overnight before finishing up at Jenolan Caves. Caves House is a great spot to enjoy a cuppa.

    Summer

    Escape the heat to the undergrond world of the caves on a guided tour and finish the day wit a picnicin one of the scenic spots around the reserve.

    Winter

    Experience Yulefest, an annual Blue Mountains tradition when Caves House offers Christmas-style festivities.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    14°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    37.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    0°C and 10°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5.6°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    May

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    153.2mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area so you'll need to bring your own supply.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    This park is in a remote location and weather can be unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    McKeown Valley walking track

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    Park info

    McKeown Valley walk, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust