Jenolan caves are world’s oldest UNESCO heritage listed caves set in Blue Mountains National park (New South Wales) and are the largest and renowned caves in Australia. This ancient outstanding cave system is sure to give an underground magical experience to anyone who visits.
These enormous caves are made of limestone caverns, and scientists confirmed the age of the clay from the caves to be circa 340 million years. Hence making the cave complex the oldest identified and dated open cave system in the world!
For tens and thousands of years, Jenolan area holds significance spiritual, religious and cultural connection to Gundungurra indigenous people of Australia.
Jenolan, with its caves complexes, underground water and other formations, is a type of landform called “Karst”. Karst landforms are made when the limestone rock is quickly dissolved in bodies of fresh waters characteristically found in limestone regions.
Karst landforms are a labyrinthine terrain, integrating the composite elements of air, water and minerals, and supporting diverse biological components. They include several Silurian marines fossils in addition to the enchanting pure white calcite formations. These are noted amongst many of their exotic beauty.
The most visited cave is the Lucas cave which also has a glimpse of the underground Jenolan river. The Cathedral Chamber, part of the “Lucas Cave” is famed for its unique acoustic qualities. Underground performances take place in this impressive chamber. The sound is superb to listen to during musical concerts. This most photographed cave is often used as a venue for memorable Jenolan caves weddings.
If you’re in search of adventurous thrills through the winding, ancient multi-level passageways, at times squeeze and crawl through narrow chambers with only your headlamp to light your way, Adventure caving is the best choice. It is all about leaving your comforts of usual track and lights and with the help of an experienced guide reach out to the depths of the dark caverns.
Another mentionable fascinating tour is ‘Off the track tour’, this unique tour has rarely seen caves and has more adventure and fun in it than the rest.
Jenolan caves has 8 visitor show caves open to the public every day, with marvelous LED lighting, underground river systems and cave formations, such as impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The complexity of the caves is still being explored. Currently, Jenolan caves are estimated to be 40km multi-level passages that collectively have over 300 different entrances. Among these, only 3km are open to the public as show caves, Temple of Baal (365m) being the shortest; River cave (1271m) being the longest; and Lucas (54m) being the tallest of the show caves.
When you come out to explore the surface keep your eye out for some of the unique native wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus.
If time isn’t an issue, there are a lot of other things to do in and around Jenolan caves. We recommend that you stay at least a night so that you can explore a few of the towns, do at least one of the six scenic bushwalks, enjoy self-guided tour of Aboriginal culture & history, marvel at the wildlife and conveniently dine at some of the restaurants to fully absorb all of what Jenolan could offer.
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