Carlotta's Arch Track
Wiradjuri & Gundungurra Country

25 min to 30 min

860 m
return

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↓ -58 m

Moderate track
From Caves House, this short but relatively steep trail goes up to Carlotta's Arch, enjoying fantastic views out over Blue Lake, the Jenolan Valley and River. Back at Caves House, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a milkshake in the bistro. For those in Jenolan primarily do a caves tour, this is a great walk to add a little bit of variety to your day. Let us begin by acknowledging the Wiradjuri & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Cave's House. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Grand Arch from Carlotta's Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Carlotta's Arch Footpath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The view of the western valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Flowers along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Deformity on gum tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blue Lake. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Carlotta's Arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps down below Carlotta's Arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
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Start (-33.8203805,150.0209901)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Jenolan Caves Road, 1 then drive for 46 km
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the opposite side of the Jenolan Caves Road from Caves House, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign up the concrete steps. The walk then follows the stone footpath up the side of the valley for about 80m to pass the 'Southside Show Caves' information sign then just over 30m later to the 'Grand Arch' information sign (and view of the Arch). The walk continues fairly gently up the path for 100m (as it bends right) to find 'Caves House' information sign. The path soon starts leading much more steeply up as it begins to Zig Zag up past a seat and more views down to caves house for 150m beside the limestone cliffs. At the top of this climb the path leads over a small small rise then gently down to a fenced lookout beside 'Carlotta Arch'.....
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Start.
After another 410 m turn right.
About 40 m past the end is "Carlotta Arch".
Carlotta Arch
Carlotta Arch

Carlotta Arch is a large and spectacular cave remnant overlooking Blue Lake. It is believed that the arch was named in honour of a daughter of a surveyor - General P.F. Adams. Adams is credited with having taken some of the earliest photos at Jenolan.
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Carlotta Arch is a large and spectacular cave remnant overlooking Blue Lake. It is believed that the arch was named in honour of a daughter of a surveyor - General P.F. Adams. Adams is credited with having taken some of the earliest photos at Jenolan.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 430 m to get back to the start.
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Carlotta's Arch Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 860 m
Time 25 min to 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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