Although often missed, my Jenolan Caves tour experience was my favourite activity while visiting the Blue Mountains! Made up of 11 illuminated caves open to visitors, Jenolan Caves is a maze of limestone rock formations, cathedral-like chasms and clear underground rivers. Oh, and they happen to be 340 million-years-old – about the oldest known cave system worldwide – originally formed from limestone, coral and shells back from when Australia was still beneath the sea.
I mean, who doesn’t find that fascinating?
GETTING TO JENOLAN CAVES
Jenolan Caves is just under three hours from Sydney but many of us will visit via the Blue Mountains – from where it is a 75-minute drive! The road approaching Jenolan Caves is a stunning – if a little terrifying – winding mountain pass. You’ll know when you’ve reached the caves as you drive through the breathtaking Grand Arch. This is also the meeting point for all the tours – thankfully you can’t miss it!
Unfortunately, Jenolan Caves is not accessible by public transport. Thankfully, it is possible to take a combined Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves tour from Sydney, or by taking a coach tour from Katoomba Station.
JENOLAN CAVES TOURS
Jenolan Caves tours are varied with multilingual, night tours and ‘adventure tours’ available. The majority, including the famous Lucas Cave tour, is suitable for anyone with a normal fitness (though be prepared for lots of stairs) yet will still keep your adventurous side happy due to the amazing sites beneath the rock face.
There are so many Jenolan cave tours to choose from depending on your preference, so its definitely worth checking the website or chatting to tourist information.
Prices begin at $42 for adults and $28 for children with a family pass also available.
All the information you need: https://www.jenolancaves.org.au/
LUCAS CAVE TOUR
I went on the Lucas Cave tour which was 90 mins long. It was really fun! Our guide was super fun and down to earth, as well as being educational for kids (and adults). Definitely worth exploring for all ages! Lucas Cave is most well-known for its HUGE cavern including the ‘Cathedral’ and widely photographed ‘broken column’.
FREE ACTIVITIES AT JENOLAN CAVES…
THE BLUE LAKE
Continue walking around the lake to enjoy a 2.1km walk spotting lizards, birds and waterfalls. It’s a loop walk and easy to do.
DEVIL’S COACH HOUSE
This epic cave is accessible without a guided tour. It’s a thirty-minute walk from carpark 2 (ask at the visitor centre if you’re not sure). You can see Nettle Cave (also free) at the same time or hike further along the valley if you have time to take in some none-underground views. Be sure to check you know what track to take before you go!
HIKE TO KATOOMBA
The famous Six Foot Track begins (or ends) at Jenolan Caves and goes all the way to Katoomba. It usually takes three days so not for the faint-hearted!
Animal spotting on the drive from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves
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Further information on the Jenolan Caves!
Imagine visiting the caves before electricity…
Back then, they used to snap off stalactites as souvenirs and, because limestone is heavy, drop them on the path back to Katoomba! Of course, this sort of damage is not allowed to continue these days and conservation efforts are in place in the hope this will continue to be a fun day trip for years to come.
Exploring the caves on foot and taking a video driving into the vast Grand Arch!
For unique accommodation, try Jenolan Caves House
Built-in 1897, Jenolan Caves House is a unique building available for those in search of historical accommodation. Their aim is to give you a similar experience to what visitors had 115 years ago, with traditional romantic decor and great hospitality. Jenolan Caves House