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Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney

    • Travel west on the M4, which becomes the Great Western Highway at the foot of the mountains
    • Pass through Katoomba and Blackheath and turn left at the Jenolan Caves turnoff from Hartley
    • Please note that the section of the road into the Jenolan Valley is one way from 11.45am to 1.15pm every day to allow coaches to enter Jenolan safely. Take Oberon Road if you’re leaving Jenolan between these times.

    From Canberra, take Tablelands Way via Goulburn and Taralga.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    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

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    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.

    Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

    Contact

    Nearby towns

    Jenolan Caves (1 km)

    Scientists from the CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industrial Resource Organisation) estimate that the limestone at the Jenolan Caves dates back at least 340 million years.

    Oberon (29 km)

    If the famous Jenolan Caves are on your travel itinerary Oberon in the Blue Mountains is the perfect spot from which to plan your caving adventure. There are a number of ways visitors can tour the caves.

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    Lithgow (54 km)

    Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

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