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Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve


Explore the caves at Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Not far from Oberon, it’s a great daytrip or weekend away; you can stay overnight in heritage accommodation.

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Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, Jenolan Caves is the oldest cave system in the world and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

The main attraction is the vast network of caves and a number of them can be explored via a guided tour, plus a couple of others that you can explore on your own. There are also numerous special events throughout the year, including performances and concerts inside the caves, themed dinners and special events.

The reserve offers wonderful opportunities for birdwatching, so remember to take your binoculars to look for a better view, you might also catch a glimpse of a brush-tailed rock wallaby or a platypus. There are several walking tracks to explore within the reserve, all leaving from the Caves House. Look for eastern water dragons along the Blue Pool walking track or take the McKeown Valley walk upstream from Devil’s Coach House.


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Jenolan environmental monitoring program

The Jenolan environmental monitoring program, created in 2008, uses special sensory equipment to measure tiny variations in air and water quality at different sites around the karst environment of Jenolan Caves. While still allowing visitors to explore the caves, this allows scientists to protect geodiversity, ensuring conditions stay stable for future generations.

Visitors inside Jenolan Caves, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: J Lim


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Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: David Hill