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The Blue Mountains - 4WD & Camping

4/23/2018
The Blue Mountains - 4WD & Camping

Jenolan caves are a spectacular natural cave system with both guided and self-guided tours. It’s well worth the effort to take your camera and follow the guides. Be sure to check what fitness level you’ll need as some of the walks can take a while.

Formations in part of the self-guided tour

Caves to Caves Trip Notes

  • Take Jenolan Caves Rd turnoff from Great Western Highway Hartley

Note: The approach road into the valley is single lane with time restrictions on which direction may be travelled at different times of the day. From 11.45am to 1.15pm it is one way heading into the caves so coaches can transit safely.

  • Exiting the caves continue along Jenolan Caves Rd out through the back near the carpark and travel to the intersection of Edith Rd and Kanagra Rd 33° 49’ 58”.45S 149° 55’ 59”.71E
  • Turn left onto Kanangra Rd follow to end to carpark at Kanangra Walls Lookout.

Note: Walking track to valley floor is steep and not recommended for people with poor fitness or health issues. Take plenty of water and your camera as the view is spectacular and the waterfall worth the walk to the bottom. Good spot for lunch with picnic huts in the carpark area.

  • Boyd River Campground is on this road if you are running late and is approx 33°58'15.98"S 150° 3'26.41"E It’s not exactly a camper friendly campground as the sites are fenced from the parking area.
  • Continuing back towards Jenolan Caves turn left onto the Kowmung Fire Trail at 33°55'43.36"S 150° 3'28.62"E
  • Approx 5.5km take the right fork at 33°57'33.23"S 150° 0'58.81"E and continue all the way to the river crossing.

Note: The descent down to the river is STEEP and shouldn’t be driven after heavy rain.

After crossing the river follow the Kowmung Fire Trail around the hill to the left where it will eventually cross a small creek and bring you out at Dingo Dell campground. 33°58'18.14"S 149°57'56.57"E.

This campground can get crowded but I’ve never not been able to find a spot. There are also some good trails nearby if you want to set up as a base and explore the local bush.

From Dingo Del head south on Bouchers Fire Track and at the Y junction at 33°58'53.29"S 149°57'51.42"E stay on the left fork and continue on. This now becomes Kanangra Walls Rd.

At 34° 0'19.45"S 149°57'35.72"E this track becomes Banshee Rd, continue heading south.

At 34° 1'4.32"S 149°54'53.20"E you meet the pine forest, continue on Banchee Rd to the left until you hit a larger intersection at 34° 0'57.93"S 149°51'45.20"E. Turn left as this is the Oberon Colong Stock Route that will take you into Yerranderri. The road is narrow and at times busy so take care and look for oncoming vehicles.

Eventually the track becomes Uni Rover Track, keep following to Yerranderri where you’ll eventually have the choice of the public or private town to visit. I highly recommend the private town.

There is great camping, firewood provided and toilet and shower facilities. The historic town is excellent to explore as are the bushwalks and mining ruins.

To continue on to Wombeyan Caves travel back towards the start of the Oberon Stock Route to Mt Fatigue Fire Track at 34° 5'1.37"S 149°56'8.27"E and head south.

This track eventually turns into Range Fire Trail, keep following south to an intersecting track at 34°11'9.10"S 149°57'37.06"E and veer to the right.

At Approx 34°13'33.79"S 149°55'34.46"E take the left fork onto Goker Fire Trail. Keep heading south until you hit Wombeyan Caves Rd where you turn left and continue on to Wombeyan Caves.

Heading home just follow Wombeyan Caves Rd east which will bring you eventually to the Old Hume Highway at Mittagong and a fast freeway ride home. If you feel like an extra night under canvas there’s always Wollondilly Station Campground next to the weir but bookings are essential.

Bookings:

Yerranderrie Private Town

Number of campsites:

10

You should know:

  • Campground caters for around 30 people
  • Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance

Linen:

  • Linen and towels are not provided

Bathroom:

  • Adjacent toilet/shower block
  • 1 male, 1 female toilet.
  • 1 male, 1 female shower

Cooking:

  • Gas hotplates, grill and oven within adjacent camp kitchen.
  • Fire rings supplied
  • Firewood supplied

Key collection/check-in and check-out:

  • Arrange payment, or make any enquiries with the Yerranderie caretaker (Krubi Cottage residence beside the campground in Private Town).

Cleaning:

  • Please ensure you leave the campground in a clean and tidy manner
  • Please take your garbage with you

Other information

  • Noise restrictions
  • No pets allowed
  • The campground is in a remote location, so please pick up all your supplies before you arrive.
  • Access to Yerranderie Private Town only from Oberon Colong historic stock route, no access from Sydney (Oakdale).

Bookings:

Contact the Yerranderie caretaker on (02) 4659 6165

Wombeyan Caves:

Number of campsites:

100

Types of camping:

Caravan site, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle, Don't mind a short walk to tent

Facilities:

  • Amenities block
  • Gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated)
  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Drinking water
  • Other facilities/equipment
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

You should know:

  • Bookings are essential for carvans and camper trailers
  • There are four powered sites in the campground for which bookings are not taken – these sites are available on a first in first served basis (fees apply)
  • This campground is suitable for group bookings

Wheelchair access:

Easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • There is an amenities block that is wheelchair accessible

Fees:

Camping fees: Please contact the campground office for fee information.

Bookings:

Contact the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve NPWS office on (02) 4843 5976

Contacts: Wombeyan CavesPhone: 02 4843 5976

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