Jenolan Mountain Lodge
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Base yourself at Jenolan Mountain Lodge, offering comfortable motel-style accommodation, when you explore the natural wonders of Jenolan Caves, near Oberon.
|Facilities||Carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets, wireless internet, electric power|
|Bookings||Bookings are required. Book online or call Jenolan Caves Trust.|
Jenolan Mountain Lodge offers comfortable accommodation set in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.
Conveniently located just behind Jenolan Caves House the lodge has spacious rooms sleeping 2 to 4 guests, with ensuite bathrooms and modern comforts like TV and WiFi. Perfect for couples, the lodge also suits families, who can book adjoining rooms.
Self-reliant guests can book a family room with a kitchenette. If you'd prefer a break from cooking, the delightful Caves Cafe; and award-winning Chisolm's Restaurant are a short stroll away in Jenolan Caves House.
Jenolan Mountain Lodge is a great base for explore the dramatic landscapes above and below ground. If you're feeling fit, try Carlotta Arch walking track to discover natural arches and beautiful Blue Lake, with its resident platypus. Easier Jenolan River walking track offers views of the river, lake and waterfalls.
Visit Jenolan Caves’ magical underworld on a guided or self-guided tour. For a special challenge, don a helmet and headlamp to try guided adventure caving.
When it's time to go, head out on the Greater Blue Mountains drive to see more of this remarkable World Heritage Area.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/jenolan-mountain-lodge/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Jenolan Caves
- 1300 76 33 11 or
- 02 6359 3911 within Australia
- +61 2 6359 3911 International
- 4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves NSW 2790
- in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve in the Sydney and surrounds region
This reserve is open every day from 7am to 7pm. Check the Jenolan Caves website for information about guided tours, restaurants and events.
All the practical information you need to know about Jenolan Mountain Lodge.
Getting there and parking
Jenolan Mountain Lodge is in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. To get there from Sydney:
- Take M4 Motorway, then Great Western Highway over Blue Mountains to Hartley
- Turn off at Hartley onto Jenolan Caves Road
- It’s around 45 minutes’ drive from here to Jenolan Mountain Lodge.
- The lodge is located behind Jenolan Caves House.
From Canberra, take Tablelands Way via Goulburn and Taralga.
The nearest fuel is located in Mount Victoria or Oberon.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Jenolan Mountain Lodge has plenty of free car parking, including designated coach parking, and 3 designated disabled carpark spaces.
Jenolan Mountain Lodge is located at the bottom of a steep valley.
The main road to Sydney is closed to uphill (departing) traffic 11.45am-1.15pm to give more road room for incoming coaches. During this 11.45am-1.15pm period, leave Jenolan Caves via Edith Road to Oberon. This steeper, narrower road is fully sealed and open 24hrs a day.
- Mountain Lodge King rooms include king bed with ensuite bathroom with shower, TV, tea/coffee, bar fridge, small kitchenette with microwave and toaster, clock radio.
- Mountain Lodge Family rooms include king/twin bed with ensuite bathroom with shower and bath, TV, tea/coffee, bar fridge, small kitchenette with microwave and toaster, clock radio.
- Cots are available for family rooms.
- Linen and towels are provided.
- Telstra mobile reception may be available in this area.
- Picnic tables and free gas barbecue facilities are located at the picnic areas near the Cambridge and the Carlotta carparks
- Flush toilets
- Hot showers
- Wireless internet (free)
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - easy
- Jenolan Mountain Lodge has 1 wheelchair accessible guestroom located on the ground floor.
- This 3-storey building has no lift. We recommend guests with limited mobility request a room on the ground floor.
- There's 1 designated disabled carpark space behind Jenolan Caves House, and 2 spaces next to the guides' office. Please display your disabled driver notice on your windscreen.
Easy access is free of obstacles such as steps, rough terrain or significant slopes, and may have ramps or boardwalks.
Swimming is prohibited in Blue Lake, a platypus habitat.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Jenolan Mountain Lodge rooms are no smoking.
Jenolan Mountain Lodge is in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
The beautiful and mysterious Jenolan Caves holds special significance to the Gundungurra people who knew it as 'Binoomea' meaning 'dark places'. According to Gundungurra Elder, Old Jimmy Lynch, Aboriginal people knew the caves, carrying sick people as far as the subterranean water which they believed to have great curative powers. The Dreamtime myth of Gurrangatch relates to the forming of Wombeyan and Jenolan Caves. The caves are said to have been formed during a contest between Gurrangatch, a mythical being that was part fish and part reptile, and Mirragan, a legendary tiger cat.
Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
It is truly amazing to think that a city the size of Sydney has a large World Heritage Area on its doorstep. The World Heritage listing recognises the geographic, botanic and cultural values of the area. The forests of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area have been described as a natural laboratory for the evolution of eucalypts; and more than 90 different eucalypt species occur here, some 13 per cent of all eucalypt species in the world. They grow in a great variety of communities, from tall closed forests, through open forests and woodlands, to the stunted mallee shrublands on the plateaus.
Jenolan Caves is one of Australia's first tourist attractions; with land having first been set aside for public recreation and enjoyment in 1866. In the years following this, a number of buildings were constructed, the most notable being Caves House; an excellent example of early Victorian architecture and comfortable heritage accommodation. Innovations in engineering and cave lighting are evident - particularly in Chifley Cave. There are more than 300 caves within the Reserve, all containing a range of geological features and formations, like stalactites and stalagmites, plus rarer helictites and stromatolites The best way to find out about the caves is on a guided or self-guided tour. There are eleven caves to choose from.
- Jenolan River walking track Jenolan River walking track takes in amazing Blue Lake, waterfalls, bridges and Jenolan Caves' hydro-electric heritage. Also called Working Waters walk, it's great for bird watching and wildlife spotting.
- McKeown's Valley walking track McKeown's Valley walking track, also known as Healing Waters walk, is a short and easy return walk at Jenolan Caves offering fantastic karst landscapes and wildlife spotting in the Blue Mountains.
Plants and animals you may see
Eastern bentwing-bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis)
In colonies numbering up to 150,000, eastern bentwing-bats congregate in caves across the east and north-west coasts of Australia. These small Australian animals weigh around 13-17g and can reach speeds of up to 50km per hour. Eastern bentwing-bats use both sight and echolocation to catch small insects mid-air.
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.
Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.
Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.