Verandah Cave

Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve

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Overview

Take the easy walk from Borenore picnic area to Verandah Cave, where you can explore its limestone outcrops and pools of water in Borenore Karst Reserve.

Type
Show caves
Where
Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve
Price
Free
Opening times

Borenore picnic area, from where you set out for Verandah Cave, is open from 9am-7pm every day, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Drinking water

An hour’s hike from Borenore picnic area you’ll find Verandah Cave, a large limestone overhang protecting large pools of water. Located near Orange, it’s a great destination for a weekend getaway or a stretch of the legs on a car tour along Borenore trail.

It’s a pleasant 3.5km walk along Boree Creek trail, over mainly flat ground and through the bush. You’ll see yellow box gum and apple box trees, and possibly even eastern grey kangaroos.

Explore the rocky outcrops formed over thousands of years by fast-moving water. If you’re very quiet, you might be lucky to see a platypus, although they are very shy. The cave is a shady, relaxing place to unpack a picnic, or to enjoy a leisurely lunch beside the tranquil Verandah Creek.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/show-caves/verandah-cave/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Verandah Cave.

Getting there and parking

On entering Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve, drive 1km to Borenore picnic area. Boree Creek trail starts on the western side of the picnic area, where parking is available.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Borenore picnic area can become boggy when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Borenore picnic area and at the gate to Boree Creek trail. It can be a busy place on the weekend, when parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Let your inner geologist loose among the limestone and see if you can spot the remnants of marble quarries and mines from the past.

Spring

Check out the wildflowers and birds in the endangered box gum woodland.

Summer

Escape the heat and step into magical Arch Cave while walking the Arch Cave loop track.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

38.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

2°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded

-5.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

August

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

98.6mm

Facilities

You'll find toilets at Borenore picnic area.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Canowindra (51 km)

In the red countryside of Canowindra, you can travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum, where you'll encounter thousands of fossilised freshwater fish.

www.visitnsw.com

Molong (18 km)

Follow the heritage walking tour of Molong in Country NSW to see the many fine 19th-century buildings. Wander through craft shops or art galleries and visit nearby historic villages such as Yeoval, Cumnock and Cudal.

www.visitnsw.com

Orange (48 km)

The bustling city of Orange, with its many cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities, has something for everyone, plus there's a huge range of places to stay. The real highlight is the town's food and wine, so bring your thirst and your appetite.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Verandah Cave is in Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal connections

Arch cave, Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Woodhall

The permanent flow of Boree creek and the reliable shelter of caves meant that this area was used for thousands of years by the Wiradyuri people. In fact, the name 'Borenore' is believed to be derived from two Wiradyuri words: bora which means ceremony and nora nora meaning shelf or overhanging rock. The reserve remains an important place for Aboriginal people today and protects a number of ancient sites, including Arch Cave which is highly significant for local Aboriginal women as a maternity site.

From limestone to marble

Verandah Cave, Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Woodhall

Marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites at Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. The karst or limestone, as it is better known in the reserve, probably began life as limey mud and coral reefs some 390-400 million years ago when the area was located off the east coast of Australia. Around 12 million years ago, nearby Mount Canobolas spewed lava over the limestone, turning it into marble. Borenore marble, known as Borenore Red, was used in many public buildings in Sydney, including Transport House in Macquarie Street, and countless marble fireplaces.

  • Arch loop track Explore Arch Cave along the easy Arch loop track, a short walk from the picnic area. Look for stalactites, stalagmites and columns in the cool cavern.
  • Verandah Cave Take the easy walk from Borenore picnic area to Verandah Cave, where you can explore its limestone outcrops and pools of water in Borenore Karst Reserve.

Mystical adventure

Picnic area, Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: OEH

Home to the ancient Arch Cave, Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve harbours a whole world that thrives in the dark. Light up your head torch and marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites. Listen to the drips of water around you that keep the air moist, the perfect breeding ground for the mosses and lichen surrounding the entrance. The musky smell you will notice is the tell-tale sign that bats are about as the caves are a precious home to these protected species.

  • Borenore picnic area With a large grassy area, barbecues and picnic tables, Borenore picnic area is a great place for a family picnic. After lunch, take an easy walk to explore Arch Cave.

Protecting the precious

Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: OEH

Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve plays a special role in the preservation of some of Australia's precious native flora and fauna. A haven for birds, the park is home to thornbills, honeyeaters, kookaburras, magpies, treecreepers, weebills and more. Another special flying creature finding protection here is the eastern bent-winged bat, a threatened species that spends the winter hibernating in Tunnel Cave, before emerging in spring ready to migrate. Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve also contains the endangered box gum woodland vegetation community.

  • Verandah Cave Take the easy walk from Borenore picnic area to Verandah Cave, where you can explore its limestone outcrops and pools of water in Borenore Karst Reserve.

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Verandah Cave, Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Woodhall