Machins Crater

15 mins

466 m Return

29 m

Moderate track
This short walk follows a fairly faint track down into the Machins Crater. The crater was created about 200 million years ago by a volcanic explosion. Today the hole is a very lush environment with a steep sided valley, and an old dam wall. An enjoyable short walk.

Maps for the Machins Crater walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Penrith 1:25 000 Map Series 90303N PENRITH NSW-90303N
Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 PENRITH 9030

Cross sectional view of the Machins Crater bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Machins Crater

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 466 m
Time 15 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


This whole walk, 230m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 230m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


This whole walk, 230m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 230m requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 230m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 230m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Machins Crater walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Machins Crater walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Machins Crater walk starts and ends at the Machins Crater car park (gps: -33.83115, 150.57463)
Your main transport option to Machins Crater car park is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)