Walls Cave

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Access: Easy walk. 1km lots of steps

Navigation: Navigation is fairly straight forward.

Map:  Katoomba

Time: It takes about 30min to walk down to the cave site

Walls Cave was an aboriginal occupational site on Greeves crk, Blackheath.

It is situated between two dams and the area was off limits for a long time due to Sydney Water declaring it a restricted zone. Access is now reopened and well worth a visit.

Getting there:  Park at the end of Walls Cave rd, which is to the right off Evans lookout rd about 2km in from the highway. From here the start of the walk is well sign posted.

Head on down the stairs, after about 500m in there is a turn to the right (Straight goes to the cliff above the creek upstream of the lower dam). The creek cuts through an impressive  tunnel section just to the right of a little bridge. Continue down the trail there are some stepping stones across sections of the creek so you may get wet feet.

The cave site is very impressive and is of special significance to local aboriginal peoples so please show the area the utmost respect and stay within the fenced area.

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Return the way you came

Other points of interest near by

Grand Canyon Loop

Note: The great outdoors is an ever changing place. Bush fires, changing weather, vegetation growth and forestry activities can all affect the trail conditions and thus the difficulty of the walk, or even the drive to the car park. These are a rough guide only and are by no means meant to be a definitive guide . They do not replace the need for adequate map reading and navigational skills

Note 1: Taking care  While reasonably well known these spots are still wild places and care needs to be taken around cliff edges and on the steep trails.  Carrying the right gear as well as having adequate food, water and clothing is important. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back.

Cliffs in the area are seldom fenced off and are often under-cut. Fragile ironstone ledges can extend out a meter or more yet be only centimeters thick. the rule of thumb is no closer than a body length and a half to the edge without tying into a safety line.

On pagodas this is disastrous in a different way. It’s taken millions of years for the distinctive Platey pagodas to form but one careless footstep can damage the formation. Platey pagodas are unique to our area. Don’t ruin them from carelessness.

Emergency beckons (PLBs) can be hired from Katoomba Police or Blackheath NP office for very little.

Note 2: First aid A basic first aid kit is essential bit of kit whenever heading into the Aussie bush. First aid training is highly recommended

Note 3: Maps and Navigation Having the right map, a compass and knowing how to read them is very important when heading into the bush. If you are new to bush walking joining a club or accompanying more experienced walker for your first few outings is a very good idea. I found practicing map reading on well defined trails was helpful when I started out.

The Maps mentioned are the 1:25000 series. They can be purchase at Lithgow tourism information center, from outdoors shops or online for around $10 each.

Note 4: These are wild and beautiful places, respect them. If you are able to carry something in you can carry it out. Don’ be a tosser. Leaving your rubbish behind is a sure way to ruin it for every one else.

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