Overview

  • Features: Troglodytic limestone cave system
  • Opening Times: 9:30am to 5:30pm, daily
  • Best Time to Visit: Any time
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Travelled By: Car
  • Cost: $32 to $38 per cave
  • Address: Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan, NSW, Australia
  • Type: Natural wonder

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Summary

Located southwest of Katoomba on the western fringes of the Kanangra Boyd National Park in New South Wales, Australia, the Jenolan Caves is considered to be one of the best cave systems in the world.

Explore the Spectacular and Amazing Jenolan Caves

 

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Located southwest of Katoomba on the western fringes of the Kanangra Boyd National Park in New South Wales, Australia, the Jenolan Caves is considered to be one of the best cave systems in the world.

Read about interesting facts on the Jenolan Caves as well as all the information you need to know to plan your visit to the amazing and spectacular Jenolan Caves.

 

Interesting Jenolan Caves Facts

  • The Jenolan Caves is one of the most extensive and complex limestone cave systems in the world
  • It is known as Binoomea or ‘Dark Places’ by the Gundungurra tribes of Australia
  • Formed over 300 million years ago, the caves were discovered in 1838 and have been open to the public since 1866
  • The Jenolan Caves is made up of more than 300 subterranean chambers formed in a limestone belt
  • There are nine caves open to the public which can be viewed only on a tour
  • Popular tours include the 2 ½-hr ghost tour and adventure tour
  • Classical concerts are also held in the caves which are a sonic revelation
  • The caves are an impressive amalgamation of stalactites, stalagmites, and underground rivers and pools
  • Hikers can undertake the 42km Six Foot Track from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves over two to three days

 

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Jenolan Caves Concerts

To truly appreciate the beauty of the Jenolan Caves, it is worth scheduling your visit to coincide with a Classical concert that is held in the caves twice a month at 4pm on Saturdays. These classical concerts are a sonic revelation and showcase the fantastic acoustics provided by the caves. See Jenolan Caves concerts for more details.

 

Where is Jenolan Caves?

The Jenolan Caves is located 175 km west of Sydney and 74 km southwest of Katoomba on the western fringe of the Kanangra Boyd National Park in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

How to get to Jenolan Caves? See below for details from Katoomba or Sydney.

 

Katoomba to Jenolan Caves

The Jenolan Caves is situated very close to the Blue Mountains and can be visited on a day trip from the Blue Mountains. You can either drive or hike from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.

If you’re driving from Katoomba, the caves are 30km from the Great Western Highway. The narrow Jenolan Caves becomes a one-way system between 11:45am and 1:15pm daily, running clockwise from the caves out through Oberon.

For hikers, the 42km Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves is a fairly challenging three-day hike. Built as a bridle track to compete with the railways, ‘Six Foot’ refers to its width – wide enough for two horses to pass. Consult the Echo Point visitors centre in Katoomba before you attempt anything.

 

Sydney to Jenolan Caves

You can choose to drive from Sydney to Jenolan Caves or take a day tour with one of the tour agencies from Sydney. The Great Western Highway is the most direct route from Sydney to Jenolan Caves which are 30km from the Great Western Highway on Jenolan Caves Road.

See below for Jenolan Caves map.

 

Jenolan Caves Map

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Jenolan Caves Weather

The Jenolan Caves weather is different to the weather above ground. While the weather in the Blue Mountains is cool year round, and the weather is variable in Sydney, underground, the limestone caves are a constant 15-16 degrees Celsius.

As the caves can be slippery sometimes, it is advisable to wear non-slip walking shoes.

 

Jenolan Caves Prices

Jenolan Caves tickets can be purchased online in advance from the official Jenolan Caves website. See Jenolan Caves prices for more information on tour prices.

 

Jenolan Caves Tour Times

Jenolan Caves tours run daily including public holidays (as well as on Christmas Day). Tour times depend on the time of the year, with separate tour timetables available for off-peak season, NSW school holidays and long weekends.

See Jenolan Caves tour times for more information.

 

Accommodation near Jenolan Caves

There are a few options available for accommodation near the Jenolan Caves including Jenolan Caves House, Jenolan Caves Cottages as well as camping.

 

Jenolan Caves House

The most popular accommodation option is the Jenolan Caves House (www.jenolancaves.house.com.au) which caters to all wallets and tastes. From motel rooms to dorm rooms, the fabulously eerie Jenolan Caves House has it all. Gatehouse dorm sleeps six, Mountain Lodge motel doubles are modern, Caves House guestrooms range from traditional to opulent. The restaurant at the House serves traditional English fare for breakfast and dinner.

 

Jenolan Caves Camping

Jenolan Caves used to have a camping ground but this facility was closed in 2005. There are other camping grounds in the area but they are not within easy walking distance of Jenolan Caves and would require a car for access.

State Forest Camping Ground – located about 10km from Jenolan Caves on the road from Lithgow. The camping ground is situated on the edge of the forest with many campers opting to camp a short way into the forest.

Kanangra Boyd – Boyd River Crossing – located about 40 minutes drive from Jenolan within the Kanangra Boyd National Park. There are limited camping spaces here (about 30 spaces).

Glenroy – is very easy for find as this camping ground is right on the road to Jenolan, 5 minutes drive off the Great Western Highway. It is a very popular spot with families and get crowded during Christmas and Easter.

 

Jenolan Caves Address

4655 Jenolan Caves Road

Jenolan NSW 2790

Visit the official website of the Jenolan Caves for more information.