Discover the awe-inspiring beauty and wonder of the Jenolan Caves, located in the World Heritage Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. These caves are the largest and most famous in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the world’s oldest cave system.
With a range of guided cave tours suitable for all ages, visitors can marvel at the stunning underground formations and learn about the rich Aboriginal and European history of the area.
After exploring the caves, unwind at the cafe, bar, or the historic Chisolm’s Restaurant. For those looking to stay overnight, there is accommodation available in the Blue Mountains, providing a truly immersive experience.
Don’t miss the chance to visit this incredible natural wonder and national treasure.
About Jenolan Caves
Jenolan Caves, located in the World Heritage Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, is home to the largest, most spectacular, and most famous caves in the country. With a history dating back millions of years, the cave system is one of the most outstanding in the world.
Jenolan Caves offers visitors the opportunity to explore the world’s oldest caves and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of these natural wonders. Whether you are young or old, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Jenolan Caves.
Getting to Jenolan Caves has recently changed due to road closures. If you are traveling from Sydney, there is now a detour in place. From the Great Western Highway, you will need to turn left onto Jenolan Caves Road.
To avoid further road closures, turn right onto Duckmaloi Road. Just before the town of Oberon, turn left onto Titania Road, and then left onto Edith Road, which will take you all the way to Jenolan Caves.
Please note that this scenic country detour will add approximately 30 minutes to your trip. We recommend using Google Maps and checking Live Traffic for any further delays.
If you have any questions or concerns about your visit to Jenolan Caves, a FAQs page is a great resource. It covers a wide range of topics, including cave tours, accommodations, dining options, and more.
Here is all the information you need to make your visit to Jenolan Caves as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Before visiting Jenolan Caves, it’s important to check the weather forecast. The Blue Mountains region can experience variable weather conditions, ranging from cool and misty to warm and sunny.
It’s always a good idea to dress in layers and be prepared for changes in weather. Keep in mind that some cave tours may have specific temperature and humidity requirements, so it’s important to dress accordingly and check with our staff for any specific recommendations.
Jenolan Caves is not only known for its natural beauty, but also for its healing waters. The caves are home to a number of mineral-rich underground springs that are believed to have therapeutic properties.
Many visitors come to Jenolan Caves to experience the healing waters, which are said to promote relaxation and rejuvenation.
In addition to the healing waters, Jenolan Caves is also home to a variety of healing plants. The surrounding bushland is filled with native flora that has been used for centuries by the Aboriginal people for their medicinal properties.
Visitors can learn about these plants and their traditional uses during guided walks and cultural experiences.
Dreamtime Story of Gurrangatch & Mirrigan
The Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Gurrangatch and Mirrigan is an important part of the cultural heritage of Jenolan Caves. This ancient story tells the tale of a powerful ancestral being who created the caves and shaped the surrounding landscape.
Visitors can learn about this story and its significance to the local Aboriginal people through guided tours and cultural experiences.
Cultural Significance of Birds & Animals
Birds and animals hold great cultural significance for the Aboriginal people of Jenolan Caves. They believe that each animal has its own special meaning and role in the natural world.
Visitors can learn about the cultural significance of birds and animals during guided walks and cultural experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of the connection between humans and the natural environment.
Aboriginal use of Fire
Fire has been a vital part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. The local Aboriginal people have used fire as a tool for land management and as a means of communication. Visitors can learn about the traditional Aboriginal use of fire and its importance to the ecosystem during cultural experiences and guided walks.
Limestone Cave Geology
The geology of Jenolan Caves is characterized by limestone formations that were formed millions of years ago. Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate.
Over time, the accumulation of carbonate-rich sediments, and the action of water and chemical processes, led to the formation of the caves.
Inside the caves, layers of cave sediments can be observed. These sediments are composed of various minerals, sediments, and organic matter that have accumulated over time.
They provide valuable insight into the geological history of the caves and can offer clues about past climatic conditions and environmental changes.
Origins and Development of Limestone
Limestone is formed through the accumulation of the remains of marine organisms such as shells, corals, and algae. Over millions of years, these remains are compacted and cemented together to form solid rock.
The development of limestone in the Jenolan Caves area is a result of complex geological processes that took place over a long period of time.
Jenolan Caves is home to a wide variety of geological features, including stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and flowstones. These formations are created by the deposition of mineral-rich water dripping from the cave ceiling.
Over time, these minerals form layers and build up to create the spectacular structures seen in the caves today.
Surface Karst Features
In addition to the underground caves, the Jenolan Caves area also has unique surface karst features. These include sinkholes, dolines, and disappearing streams, which are formed by the dissolution of limestone at the surface.
The interaction between water and limestone creates a dynamic landscape that is continually changing and evolving.
Underground Karst Features
Inside the caves, visitors can explore a variety of underground karst features, including chambers, tunnels, and passages. These features are created through a combination of chemical weathering and erosion processes.
Each cave has its own unique characteristics, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into the fascinating world beneath the surface.
Cave Formations (Speleothems)
One of the highlights of a visit to Jenolan Caves is the opportunity to see a variety of cave formations, known as speleothems. These include stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, and flowstones.
Each speleothem is formed by the deposition of mineral-rich water and the slow growth of minerals over time. These formations are delicate and fragile, and visitors are reminded to respect and protect them during their visit.
History of Jenolan Caves
Royal Visit 1927
In 1927, Jenolan Caves had the honor of hosting a visit from the Duke and Duchess of York, later to become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The royal visit brought international attention to the caves and helped establish Jenolan Caves as a popular tourist destination.
Today, visitors can learn about the history of the royal visit and its significance to the development of Jenolan Caves through guided tours and exhibits.
Ben Chifley (Prime Minister of Australia 1945-1949)
Ben Chifley, who served as the 16th Prime Minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949, was a regular visitor to Jenolan Caves. Chifley was known to appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility of the caves and often came to Jenolan for relaxation and inspiration.
Visitors can learn about Chifley’s connection to Jenolan Caves and his love for the Blue Mountains region through exhibits and historical information.
Australia’s First Hydro Electricity System
Jenolan Caves played a significant role in the development of Australia’s first hydroelectricity system. In the early 20th century, the caves were used as a source of water to power the Oberon Colliery hydroelectric plant, which supplied electricity to the nearby town of Oberon.
This pioneering system was an important milestone in Australia’s energy history and is celebrated as an engineering feat.
Native Wildlife at Jenolan
Jenolan Caves is home to a diverse range of native wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and a variety of bird species. Visitors to Jenolan Caves may have the opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitat, either during guided walks or simply exploring the surrounding bushland.
It is important to respect the wildlife and observe them from a safe distance, as they are wild animals and should not be approached or fed.
Events and Activities
Jenolan Caves offers a range of events and activities throughout the year. From guided cave tours to cultural experiences and special events, there is always something happening at Jenolan Caves.
Our What’s On page provides up-to-date information on upcoming events, allowing you to plan your visit and make the most of your time at Jenolan Caves.
Yulefest (Christmas in August)
One of the most popular events at Jenolan Caves is Yulefest, a celebration of Christmas in the middle of winter. During August, the caves are transformed with festive decorations, and special Christmas-themed events and activities are held.
Whether you’re looking for a unique holiday experience or simply want to embrace the festive spirit, Yulefest at Jenolan Caves is a must-visit event.
Spring to Jenolan
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Jenolan Caves, as the surrounding bushland comes alive with vibrant colors and blooms. From September to November, visitors can enjoy guided walks, photography workshops, and other spring-themed activities.
Spring to Jenolan is a celebration of the season and a chance to experience the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains in full bloom.
Things to Do Near Jenolan
Jenolan Caves is located in the heart of the Blue Mountains, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. From bushwalks to scenic drives and visits to nearby attractions, there are plenty of things to do near Jenolan Caves.
Whether you’re interested in nature, history, or adventure, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Blue Mountains region.
Weddings & Corporate
Jenolan Caves provides a truly unique and memorable setting for weddings. Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, our team can help you create the perfect wedding day.
With stunning natural backdrops and historical venues, Jenolan Caves offers a range of options for your special day. Our experienced wedding coordinators will work with you to ensure that every detail is taken care of, allowing you to relax and enjoy your wedding day.
Don’t just take our word for it! Read what our past wedding clients have to say about their experience at Jenolan Caves. From the stunning locations to the exceptional service, our wedding testimonials highlight the memorable moments and happy memories created at Jenolan Caves.
Wedding Image Gallery
Get inspired for your own wedding by browsing through our wedding image gallery. From elegant ceremonies to breathtaking receptions, our gallery showcases the beauty and versatility of weddings at Jenolan Caves.
Whether you’re planning a traditional or contemporary wedding, our venues and natural surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.
Capture your wedding day memories with the help of our professional photographers. Our team of experienced photographers know the best locations and lighting at Jenolan Caves, ensuring that your wedding photos are truly exceptional.
From candid moments to formal portraits, our photographers will work with you to create a collection of images that tell the story of your special day.
The Bridal Suite
For a truly luxurious wedding experience, consider staying in our Bridal Suite at Caves House Hotel. This spacious and beautifully appointed suite offers a romantic setting for the bridal party to relax and prepare before the ceremony.
With stunning views of the surrounding bushland, the Bridal Suite provides a tranquil haven for the bride and her bridesmaids.
Functions & Corporate Events
In addition to weddings, Jenolan Caves is also an ideal venue for corporate events and functions. From conferences and meetings to team building activities and gala dinners, our experienced event coordinators can help plan and execute a successful event.
With a range of venues and facilities, as well as onsite accommodations and dining options, Jenolan Caves offers a unique and inspiring setting for your next corporate event.
Read what our past corporate clients have to say about their experience hosting events at Jenolan Caves. From successful conferences to memorable team building activities, our testimonials highlight the professional service, stunning locations, and exceptional experiences that Jenolan Caves has to offer.
Dinner – Chisolm’s Restaurant
Indulge in a culinary experience like no other at Chisolm’s Restaurant. Housed within the historic Caves House, Chisolm’s offers a unique dining experience where history meets modernity. Our menu highlights the best of local produce and is complemented by an extensive wine list.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to enjoy a delicious meal in a stunning setting, Chisolm’s Restaurant is the perfect choice.
Chisolm’s Kid’s Dinner Menu
At Chisolm’s Restaurant, we understand that kids have their own unique tastes and preferences. That’s why we offer a dedicated kids’ dinner menu, featuring a range of delicious and nutritious options.
From classic favorites to innovative dishes, our kid-friendly menu is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Rest assured that our chefs use only the freshest ingredients and adhere to the highest standards of food safety.
Lunch – Caves Cafe
For a more casual dining experience, Caves Cafe is the perfect choice. Located within Jenolan Caves precinct, Caves Cafe offers a range of delicious lunch options, including gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and hearty meals.
With indoor and outdoor seating options, Caves Cafe provides a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a meal while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding bushland.
After a day of exploring the caves, unwind with a refreshing drink at Jeremiah’s Bar. Named after one of the early explorers of Jenolan Caves, Jeremiah’s Bar offers a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails.
Whether you prefer a classic cocktail or want to try something new, our friendly bartenders will be happy to recommend a drink that suits your taste.
Chisolm’s Restaurant Breakfast
Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast at Chisolm’s Restaurant. Our breakfast menu features a range of options, from traditional favorites like eggs and bacon to healthy choices like freshly squeezed juices and seasonal fruits.
Whether you’re gearing up for a day of adventure or simply want a leisurely breakfast in a beautiful setting, Chisolm’s Restaurant is the perfect place to start your day.
Binda Bush Cabins
For those who prefer a more rustic and secluded accommodation option, Binda Bush Cabins are the perfect choice. Located within the Jenolan Caves precinct, these self-contained cabins offer a unique bushland retreat.
Surrounded by nature, Binda Bush Cabins provide a peaceful and tranquil setting where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploration.
Caves House Hotel
For a truly historic and luxurious accommodation experience, Caves House Hotel is the perfect choice. Originally built in 1897, Caves House Hotel offers a range of beautifully appointed rooms and suites.
Each room is tastefully decorated and offers modern amenities, while still retaining the charm and character of the original building. With stunning views of the surrounding bushland and easy access to the caves, Caves House Hotel is the ultimate destination for a memorable stay.
Nestled among the trees, Mountain Lodge is ideal for larger groups or families. This spacious self-contained lodge offers a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the Blue Mountains.
With multiple bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a cozy living area, Mountain Lodge provides all the comforts of home in a beautiful natural setting.
Exclusive Guest Activities
As a guest of Jenolan Caves, you have access to a range of exclusive activities and experiences. From guided walks to wildlife encounters and cultural performances, these exclusive guest activities allow you to further immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the caves.
Our experienced guides and staff are on hand to ensure that you have a truly memorable and enjoyable stay.
History of Caves House Hotel
Caves House Hotel is not only a place to stay, but also a fascinating historical landmark. Built in 1897, Caves House Hotel has played a significant role in the development of Jenolan Caves as a tourist destination.
From its early days as a simple guesthouse to its current status as a heritage-listed hotel, Caves House Hotel has welcomed guests from around the world and continues to be a beloved icon of the Blue Mountains.