Jenolan Caves

McKeowns Valley Track (Healing Waters)

Length: 4 km round trip

Time:1 - 1.5 hours return
Difficulty: moderate (grade 3)

You now have 2 ways to enjoy this popular bushwalk:

  1. by experiencing the natural sights and sounds of this tranquil, scenic stroll, or
  2. by using our new FREE 'Jenolan' App for your iPhone or android device.

Using the new FREE app - download it before you arrive.

On your smart device, in the App Store or Google Play Store, search for Jenolan Caves.  Download the app, open it and then ALSO download each walk individually.

Note: The app must be downloaded using Wi-Fi.  We recommend you download the app BEFORE your visit.

This new FREE app helps you learn as you walk.

Learn how the indigenous Gundungurrra people used the Caves. They called them the Nadyung, or healing waters, and travelled great distances to bathe in the underground pools. The audio commentary, developed in conjunction with the Gundungurra Tribal Council, uses the authentic Gundungurra language, spoken by a Gundungurra man, Tom Brown, who also created the beautiful accompanying traditional Aboriginal art

Choose the 'Healing Waters' tour. It has map, text, images and audio.

This walk starts near Carlotta Arch.  So, drive up to Car Park 2, which will bring you near the starting point. 

Between Car Park 2 and Carlotta Arch you will find some stairs going down to the McKeown's Valley. Take the stairs all the way down, and turn left. Follow the track as far as the Old Playing Fields', while accessing the information on the app.   It's a fascinating and unique way to learn about Aboriginal Culture! 

Enjoying Nature

If you want to, you can do this walk in the traditional way, without using our new app.

This walk starts near Carlotta Arch.  So, either drive up to Car Park 2, which will bring you near the starting point, or do the Carlotta Arch Walk first. Between Car Park 2 and Carlotta Arch you will find some stairs going down to the McKeown's Valley. Take the stairs all the way down, and turn left.

You may spot lyrebirds and wallbies along the track. Follow the track as far as the Old Playing Fields', where you may see kangaroos or echidnas.

Early visitors used The 'Old Playing Fields' for recreation, particularly cricket. 

Turn back after the 'Old Playing Fields', and retrace your steps all the way back to Carlotta Arch.

You will see various karst features, including a blind valley, limestone gorge and the fabulous and eerie Devils Coachhouse Cave.

 Please note that the path includes many stairs.

Jenolan Caves Apps
4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains NSW. Ph: 1300 76 33 11 or +61 2 6359 3911
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