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McKeown's Valley walking track

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Overview

McKeown's Valley walking track, also known as Healing Waters walk, is a short and easy return walk at Jenolan Caves offering fantastic karst landscapes and wildlife spotting in the Blue Mountains.

Where
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Distance
2.6km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Self-guided Nettle Cave is accessed via the stairs and turnstile inside Devil's Coach House Arch.
  • Check with the ticket office for cave and walking track closures before you set out.

For a bushwalk combining impressive karst landscapes, shady woodland, and great wildlife spotting opportunities, you can’t go past McKeown's Valley walking track.

Also known as Healing Waters walk, this short and easy return walk sets out along the road from Jenolan Caves House, passing through the Grand Arch. Beyond the arch, follow the signs on your left to enter the incredible Devil's Coach House open cave. 

Continue through the massive cavern into the pretty McKeown's Valley and onto the historic Old Playing Fields, where you can still see the old concrete cricket pitch, and old campground.

As you follow the track you'll cross the Jenolan River and see some amazing surface karst features, including a blind valley. You may also spot rock and swamp wallabies, goannas and lyrebirds during the day. If you're staying overnight, an evening walk gives you a chance to see and hear owls, sugar gliders and possums.

If you want to explore more, visit the free self-guided Nettle Cave, accessed from inside Devil's Coach House. You can also combine this walk with steep but rewarding Carlotta Arch walking track or scenic Jenolan River walking track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

Carlotta Arch walking track

Short but steep Carlotta Arch walking track, also called Shaping Waters walk, offers fantastic views of limestone formations and beautiful Blue Lake, at Jenolan Caves.

Looking up at Carlotta Arch from below, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust/DPIE

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