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Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve Trunkey Creek

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Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve
7808 Goulburn Road
Trunkey Creek
NSW
2795
Tel: 02 6368 8603

Directions

The Abercrombie Caves are a 270km four-hour drive from Sydney. Just follow the M4 motorway west through the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Lithgow and on to Bathurst. The caves are about one hour from Bathurst on the Trunkey Creek-Goulburn road.

Where are we going today?

Kids - who wants to get away from the televisions and out into the beautiful NEW nature...! We do!

Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve is only four hours in the car from Sydney. Situated in a peaceful, picturesque valley, the reserve are right near Abercrombie Caves.

Pack some lunch (and plenty of water!) and just explore, play, and have fun!

If you are a bit of a fishing family, Grove Creek runs through the main Archway, and rainbow trout can often be found in the great, deep holes. Keep in mind fishing is restricted to the summer season (but who wants to sit outside fishing in the windy rain!?), and it is also restricted to downstream of the large causeway.  (You will be able to spot this with the swing bridge above).

We struck gold! Well, we actually didn't...but you could! You can try your luck with fossicking for gold, garnets, sapphire and zircon. You can start at the same area as the fishing, just south of the Archway, and the best area runs along the bed of the creek for 600 metres. Bear in mind, they still want the environment looked after so just don't dig the riverbanks. 

If you fancy stretching your legs, the walking track takes you through the bushland right alongside the stunning Grove Creek, and actually finishes at the incredible Grove Creek Falls! The water will tumble over 70 metres tot he rocks below. It's quite incredible!

For day-trippers with not much time, you can also reach the falls by road if you wanted to pop up and still enjoy the view.

Birdwatchers you will be in heaven as there will be a host of parrots and rosellas as you make your way back!

There is also a Mount Gray walking track where you can journey back in time where the hopeful gold miners once braved the harsh and remote conditions looking to strike gold!

This medium walk will take you back to the 1880s, and ultimately lead you to the Grove Creek Falls as well.

If that's not enough for you, there are commercial tours you can take part in, such as the Aussie Farmstay, and fun off-road 4WD tours!

Doesn't that sound more fun than the television!? 

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When can we go?

The caves are open from 9am to 4pm every day, with the exception of 25 December (closed).

Any Top Tips?

Fishing season is from midnight on the Friday of the October Labour Day weekend until midnight on the Monday of the Queens Birthday weekend in June.

At other times fishing is prohibited. If you're going fishing anywhere in the park, you'll need a fishing licence. .

Doing our bit

They are a conservation area, so they take great pride in looking after the environment. Please be sure to look after it too when you visit. .

Need a little extra help?

Any walking trail that is deemed "easy" is free of obstacles and ideal for wheelchairs. "Medium" presents minor difficulties, and "hard" has steps or steep slopes so mobile impaired may need assistance.

The campground are fully wheelchair accessible. .

More information

Be prepared for weather!.

What people are saying?

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    Just stayed in The Gatehouse (previously female staff quarters), very basic and reasonably clean but then it was only $120 for 4 of us (dbl + bunk). Weather very cold, -3c but Gatehouse was cosy! Share kitchen was great and clean. Xmas in July dinner in main house was tasty but a bit expensive, the Santa Grotto was great for 10yrs and under.Lucas 4star and Imperial 3star were well worth seeing along with the self guided Nettle Cave. Lovely walk along the creek past the Blue Lake + lots of other walks that we would have liked to do but had to leave....Read More

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    Nice place, the caves are definitely interesting and worth a visit. Not good is the bistro, the food is not good. And the toilets next to the ticket office are disgusting. Broken doors, no soap, broken hand dryer etc. Cannot understand that it is not possible to keep toilets clean and in good order, when tickets are so expensive!

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    Done few different tours of the caves. Price is good and very recommended. Few hours west of Sydney.
    Tours are guided and very safe. Really very good.

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    Fantastic cave tours!

    We did the 1:30 River tour and the 4:30 Chifley tour, leaving an hour in between to recharge at the cafe. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Caves were well developed and easy to navigate.

    Do note that the River tour takes you up and down a couple of steep ladders - consider yourself warned. :)

    A fun, informative and interesting adventure!

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    Great enjoyable drive from Sydney along some very windy roads. We booked the Orient Tour and then the River tour. The Orient was nothing to write home about, you didn't get your money's worth - you didn't see anything very exciting and it was super touristy. A particular drawback is that people of all fitness and ages go on this one so whilst advertised as a 90 minute tour it would take a fit person 15-20 minutes - most of the time is waiting for less fit people to catch up. However, on the other hand the River cave was amazing. Marked as strenuous...Read More

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by R Dunn

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Just stayed in The Gatehouse (previously female staff quarters), very basic and reasonably clean but then it was only $120 for 4 of us (dbl + bunk). Weather very cold, -3c but Gatehouse was cosy! Share kitchen was great and clean. Xmas in July dinner in main house was tasty but a bit expensive, the Santa Grotto was great for 10yrs and under.Lucas 4star and Imperial 3star were well worth seeing along with the self guided Nettle Cave. Lovely walk along the creek past the Blue Lake + lots of other walks that we would have liked to do but had to leave. Loved Jenolan Caves and didn't mind the cold at all. Woman in the gift shop is useless and unhelpful.

by Kerri Anton

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Great enjoyable drive from Sydney along some very windy roads. We booked the Orient Tour and then the River tour. The Orient was nothing to write home about, you didn't get your money's worth - you didn't see anything very exciting and it was super touristy. A particular drawback is that people of all fitness and ages go on this one so whilst advertised as a 90 minute tour it would take a fit person 15-20 minutes - most of the time is waiting for less fit people to catch up. However, on the other hand the River cave was amazing. Marked as strenuous as there are 2000 steps and 3 ladders and therefore helpfully self-excludes a load of people. You really get your money's worth as you use up the full time, constantly moving and seeing so much of the underground world that is Jenolan caves. We were even lucky enough to see a baby rock wallaby inside. Outside the caves the food is mediocre and overpriced and the self-guided tour is a complete waste of time (but it is free). Driving into the place is really cool and you can stay there overnight. We would consider going back to do an adventure cave.

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