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Jenolan Caves guided tours

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Overview

This tour has been cancelled to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

When
Tours run daily. Each tour and package starts and ends at different times. Visit the Jenolan Caves website for further information.
Where
Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Accessibility
Medium
Grade
Medium. An average level of fitness and mobility is required, and some tours have minimum age restrictions. Each cave tour involves many steps, and each tour is a different length.
Price
Each tour or package has a different price. Visit the Jenolan Caves website for details.
Meeting point
Jenolan Caves House
Bookings
Book online, or call Jenolan Caves on 02 6359 3911 or 1300 763 311 for further information.
Please note

Currently, because of limited spaces on all Jenolan tours, many are available only if packaged with hospitality, especially on weekends. Packages include accommodation or meals, such as the decadent High Tea, leisurely weekend Chisolm's Lunch or the new 'Eat, Dream, Explore' overnight package.

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Book in for a tour of Jenolan Caves, in the Oberon area. Whether you're staying at the caves or visiting from the Blue Mountains or Sydney, it's worth the trip to see the world's oldest cave system. The following Jenolan caves are now open for guided tours in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve:

  • Chifley Cave: Discover this cave's unusual history and wide variety of chambers and formations, including delicate straws and exquisite spar crystal
  • Imperial Cave: This cave runs along an ancient riverbed and is mostly level. It's a good choice for less mobile visitors. This tour includes the Diamond Branch, featuring the 'Gem of the West' and other delicate crystal formations in pure white, pink and apricot.
  • Orient Cave: It's reputedly one of the world’s most beautiful caves, and is thickly hung with calcite crystal formations
  • Temple of Baal Cave: This cave's 2 chambers are awesome, with astonishing formations such as the 9m-high ‘Angel’s Wing’ cave shawl.

A visit to Jenolan Caves is an unforgettable experience. And even though many stairs are involved, most visitors can enjoy a guided cave tour. Wear comfortable, non-slip walking shoes, and bring a warm jacket. It's cool in the caves, all year round.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/guided-tours/jenolan-caves-guided-tours/local-alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Jenolan Caves guided tours.

Getting there and parking

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    Access to Jenolan on Jenolan Caves Road (5-Mile Road) is closed indefinitely. The only access is via Edith Road (2-Mile Road).

    From Sydney:

    • Travel west on the M4, which becomes the Great Western Highway at the foot of the mountains.
    • Pass through Katoomba and Blackheath and turn left onto Jenolan Caves Road at Hartley.
    • Drive through Hampton and turn right onto Duckmaloi Road. Do not continue along Jenolan Caves Road, access is closed.
    • Continue along Duckmaoi Road for 20km, then turn left onto Titania Road.
    • At the end of Titania Road, turn left onto Edith Road and continue until you reach Jenolan.

    From Goulburn:

    • Take Taralga Road out of Goulburn and travel north towards Taralga.
    • Pass through Taralga and continue north on Taralga Road towards Oberon. Taralga Road turns into Abercrombie Road at the Abercrombie River.
    • At Black Springs, turn right and continue on Abercrombie Road.
    • At Oberon, turn right onto O’Connell Road and then left onto Carrington Avenue.
    • Turn right onto Ross Street, then turn left onto Edith Road and continue until you reach Jenolan.

    Please note:

    • The last 5km of Edith Road is steep, narrow and winding, with several hairpin bends. Drive carefully and allow yourself plenty of time.
    • Edith Road is not suitable for caravans, trailers or any vehicle longer than a 12-set minibus.
    • Traffic in and out of Jenolan is regulated for safety. Please check Live Traffic NSW before you set out.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Free parking available.

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    Maps and downloads

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    • People using wheelchairs can request a wheelchair-accessible tour. Call 1300 76 33 11 for further information and to book.
    • Also, there is a ramp at the entrance to Orient Cave, which leads up to the Binoomea Cut, a level, 122m man-made tunnel. This tunnel gives access into the first chamber of Orient Cave. Guides can provide a short tour focusing on the tunnel and the first chamber.

    Learn more

    Jenolan Caves guided tours is in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Binomil

    Stalagmites in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust

    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

    Blue Lake track, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust

    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.

    Historic tourism

    Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: David Hill

    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

    Animals

    • Eastern bentwing bat. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      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.

    • A juvenile platypus saved by National Parks and Wildlife staff. Photo: M Bannerman/OEH

      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.

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      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. Photo: Keith Gillett

      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.

    • Echidna. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      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.

    Environments in this park

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