Mares Forest Creek walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 3.2km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Jct Ridge Access, Wombeyan Caves

  • End: Jct Ridge Access, Wombeyan Caves

  • Location: Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

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  • Distance from CBD: 180 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -34.30850245

  • Longitude: 149.9692505

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Mares Forest Creek walking track is a 3.2km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Be in awe of the striking landscape as you take an easy hike along Mares Forest Creek walking track. After around 1.6km and about 45 minutes, you'll arrive at Tinted Cave, the only cave in Wombeyan you can explore yourself. Bring a picnic and take a break by the creek. You might also want to bring your swimmers, since there are some deep pools of water alongside some shallower areas that are suitable for smaller kids. Don't forget your camera either, because you'll want to remember this remarkable landscape when you get back home. Birdlife is abundant in the kurrajong trees and yellow box gums, so be sure to bring your binoculars too if birdwatching is of interest. During summer, you may see lizards sunning themselves on rocks, and kangaroos, wallabies and wombats are often spotted close to nightfall.

Getting there

To Wombeyan Caves carpark. Mares Forest Creek walking track begins near the visitor centre at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Park entry points Wombeyan Caves carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve Visitor Centre, a short walk away.


It's a good idea to bring a torch to see Tinted Cave and binoculars if you want to go bird watching.
Take care in the water if you're swimming in the creek, and please supervise children at all times.
Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own.
There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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