January 27, 2019 / By Ailsa Kemp
If you want to do something different this weekend, I strongly recommend taking a trip to Jenolan Caves.
The drive will take you approximately 3 hours depending on traffic and if you're tempted to stop somewhere in the Blue Mountains along the way. With 9 caves, underground rivers and limestone formations to explore, you can also enjoy various bush walks that are suitable for all fitness levels and ages. There is definitely something here that will capture your heart.
There are a variety of guided tours that will show you the 9 available caves. It all depends on what you want to see, how fit you are and how much long you're willing to walk. While the tours don't go longer than 2 hours, there are definitely some more strenuous adventures so make sure you choose one that will best suit your abilities. Some of the tours will get you dawning headlamps and crawl through narrow tunnels and up steep ladders. Others have simple steps and corridors. Each tour will show you some simply stunning limestone formations and underwater rivers so it doesn't matter what you choose, you'll have memories that will stay with you.
Feeling a little more adventurous? You absolutely must book yourself an adventure cave tour. No matter your previous experience, you can take part and explore the caves that can't be reached by other tours. Squeeze through small passageways, crawl and face your fears deep in the mountain.
How about sticking around once the sun disappears? Jenolan Caves also offers a series of after-dark tours that show you caves now closed to day travellers, and even share strange stories of the unexplained events in the area. You can also explore the gorgeous Temple of Baai Cave and River Caves, which are given a whole new look without sunlight.
If you don't feel like venturing into the caves just yet, there are plenty of bushwalks to keep you entertained. Many of the tracks have an interesting history of the original explorers that you can learn about and will lead you to various waterfalls and creeks. If you're lucky, you might spot a platypus or wallaby along your trail.
After exploring, you're bound to need some fuel. You'll find a restaurant, bistro and bar available in the main area at your disposal. You can also book accommodation and stay overnight. They offer a variety of options depending on your needs and budget so it's worth considering if you don't want to drive back to Sydney.
No matter what you choose to do, Jenolan Caves is a unique experience well worth the drive that will leave you in awe.
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