Jenolan Caves

Katoomba to Jenolan via Tarana - Map & Directions

If you are driving west, from the general direction of Sydney, but you don't want to go as far as Bathurst, and you are confident on country roads, you may want to try this route.  You will notice on your map, that the countryside between Lithgow, Bathurst and Oberon is criss-crossed with roads, mostly intersecting at the tiny village of Tarana.  You can use these narrow, sealed roads, and see some of the prettiest countryside in NSW.  The map shows the most direct route to Jenolan via Tarana.

Map of route to Jenolan via Tarana


Approx travel times

Approx distances

From Katoomba, drive west on the Great Western Highway to SouthBowenfels, just before Lithgow.

33 min.


At South Bowenfels, turn left, onto Magpie Hollow Road.

10 min.


Drive passed Lake Lyall. Cross Hampton Road and continue west on Sodwalls Road, to the tiny village of Tarana.

14 min.


Drive through Tarana and choose Mutton Falls Road. Continue over the Fish River and turn left onto Lowes Mount Road.

5 min.



Continue south on Lowes Mount Road to Oberon.

21 min.


At Oberon, turn left onto Carrington Avenue, the main street. There are shops and 3 fuel stations in Oberon – last fuel before Jenolan. 



Turn into Ross Street and then Edith Road. Stay on Edith Road, all the way to Jenolan.

28 min.



1 hr, 51 min.


The above times are estimates.  This route looks simple on the map, but the reality may be different. So give yourself plenty of extra driving time, in case you get lost. Before setting out for Jenolan, always check for possible road closures or delays. 


On Edith Road, 3 kms before Jenolan, at the top of the steep valley descent, STOP AT THE BARRIER. The descent is now one-way, so Transport for NSW will escort your vehicle 3km down to our carpark. Then, catch our free shuttle bus, right down to caves and hotel. Escort vehicles run every 20-minutes and shuttle bus runs more frequently.

To be on time for your tour, please arrive at the barrier (3km from the caves) ***1 HOUR AND 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR FIRST BOOKED ACTIVITY.***

LEAVE WITH ESCORT VEHICLE: Escort vehicles leave our car park every 20 minutes, to accompany vehicles back up the hill.

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