Jenolan Caves, Jenolan, New South Wales
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Jenolan Caves is national park in Australia. Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system with 11 spectacular show caves. Tours are self guided with an audio commentary in 11 languages (including Klingon). The caves are include pure underground rivers and amazing formations. The Jenolan Caves system is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world.
There are cave tours to fit everyone from physically demanding to a gentle stroll. Tours vary from 1-2 hours.
The show caves are:
Temple of Baal
Pool of Cerberus Cave
The specialty adventure tours explore other non-show caves.
If driving from Sydney, go west on the M4 Motorway, which becomes the Great Western Highway. Drive passed Katoomba. At the historic village of Hartley, turn left at the Jenolan Caves turnoff. Jenolan Caves Road passes through Hampton and finally arrives at Jenolan Caves. This trip offers spectacular scenery (west of Katoomba), on a sealed road. The trip can be completed in 3 hours from Sydney Airport. If you have time, explore the Blue Mountains along the way. Note that the last section of the road into the Jenolan Valley is one way from 11.45am to 1.15pm everyday. This allows coaches to enter Jenolan safely on the narrow road. Visitors can still leave Jenolan during these times – via the Oberon Road which is now fully sealed.
If driving from Canberra, bypass busy Sydney and drive along the fully sealed Tablelands Way via Goulburn and Taralga – a beautiful, picturesque drive – only 3 hours to Jenolan.
Getting to Jenolan by train from Sydney and then coach – You can catch a train from Sydney’s Central Station (7.18am weekends or 7.25am weekdays) to Katoomba. Then, in Katoomba, book on a privately operated Blue Mountains Bus Company coach, which leaves for Jenolan Caves at 9:45am every day. Contact +61 2 4782 7999.
4669 Jenolan Caves Road
Blue Mountains NSW 2790, Australia
1300 76 33 11, press 2
international: +61 2 6359 3911, press 2
- Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
- Season open: Everyday except Christmas
- Fee: The 11 different caves fall into three price groups ($AUD):
Jenolan Pass Adult Pension card holders &
school age up to year 12
Family Wonders of Jenolan
Lucas OR Chifley OR Imperial Cave
$30 $20 $70 Jewels of Jenolan
Orient OR Diamond OR Temple of Baal
$35 $25 $80 Magic of Jenolan
River OR Jubilee OR Ribbon OR Pool of Cerberus Cave OR Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts Tour and other theme tours
$40 $NA $NA
A Jenolan Pass provides:
admission to any show cave tour (or theme tour) of your choice, and admission to the self-guided Nettle Cave/ Devil’s Coach House tour (once only), and
a souvenir guide, plus up to 50% discount on additional show cave tours for 12 months. (Excludes Jubilee, Ribbon and Pool of Cerberus Caves). If you purchase 2 or more of these tours at the same time, you pay full price for the highest price tour and get a 50% discount for the others – of the same or lower price.
(Prices as of April 1 2011 to March 31 2012.)
There are many other tours available. There are kids, teenagers, and adventure tours. See the official website for more details.
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