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A Walk in the Woods is Good for your Soul

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on April 20, 2017
May is a lovely time of year in the Blue Mountains, with perfect weather for enjoying the many bush tracks. The Blue Mountains is a famous bushwalking destination and Jenolan Caves has several excellent above ground walks, which cost nothing to enjoy.

C'est Magnifique, N'est Pas?

Posted by David Hay on January 24, 2017
In the closing stages of WW1, to thank its Australian allies, France sent a goodwill delegation to Australia (including Jenolan Caves). The delegation was headed by a 70 year old veteran of the Franco Prussian war, General Paul Marie Cesar Garald Pau.

The Quest for the Ring

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on November 18, 2016
Last week, a distraught young woman came into the Guides Office at Jenolan Caves and said that she had lost her engagement ring in the Blue Lake. The backpacking couple had only been engaged 2 days!

The Firepoker Challenge at Hartley Historic Village

Posted by Ron Fitzpatrick on October 26, 2016
Would you like to try your hand at the time-honoured art of blacksmithing?

2 Night Escape Itinerary

Posted by Administrator on October 20, 2016

Join the Search for Old Photos of Jenolan's Leffel Wheel

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on October 19, 2016
Do you have an ancient photo of Jenolan Caves’ Leffel Wheel or the associated infrastructure that sat on the bank of the Jenolan River from 1889 to 1906? If so, we would love to see it, because precious little of it remains to this day.

Koalas Spotted Near Jenolan Caves

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on October 18, 2016
Koalas have been photographed near Jenolan Caves.

Agatha Christie at Jenolan Caves, June 1922

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on September 16, 2016
New book, 'Agatha Christie The Grand Tour', reveals that the great British crime writer actually visited Jenolan Caves in June 1922, toured 2 caves and stayed the night in Caves House!

Delicious New Menu at Chisolms Restaurant, Jenolan Caves

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on September 16, 2016
Jenolan Caves historic restaurant, Chisolm's, has a sensational new menu!

Jenolan Caves - Where Science Rocks

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on August 16, 2016
From August 16 to 26, at the Australian Museum Science Festival, teachers and students can find out how much science they can learn at Jenolan Caves.

The Norman Invasion of 2016

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on August 16, 2016

1950s Jenolan Caves Photos Found

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on August 16, 2016
Souvenir photos of Jenolan Caves, from the 1950s, have been found, and donated to Jenolan.

Kidney Kars at the Kaves

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on August 16, 2016
On Saturday, August 13, 70 cars from The Kidney Kar Rally visited Jenolan Caves for lunch in Chisolm’s Restaurant, upstairs in Caves House.

Square Poop and Winter Wildlife in the Blue Mountains

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 8, 2016
Even in Winter, the area around Jenolan Caves is home to native birds and wildlife. Only a short walk from the caves, especially early morning, late afternoon and when fewer people are around, you are likely to spot wild animals and many birds.

Win a Blue Mountains Holiday worth over $4,000!

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on April 18, 2016
Win a seven day Ultimate Blue Mountains Holiday Experience valued at $4,400!

Strollin at Jenolan

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on April 14, 2016
Why is strollin' at Jenolan so good for you? From Internet research, we have compiled a long list of reasons.

Go Ye Therefore Into All the World

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on March 30, 2016
Dwayne Jeffries shared the Easter message at Jenolan's annual Underground Church.

Fire poker challenge forges friendships

Posted by Ron Fitzpatrick on February 23, 2016
More than 60 people took part in the Firepoker Challenge, under the tuition of Blackheath metal artist Ron Fitzpatrick and his Lithgow-based colleague Steve Cunningham, between Christmas and New Years Eve.

Spellbound Underground

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on February 15, 2016
One moment, deep underground, the man was gasping, sweating and shaking. Next moment, he seemed...spellbound!

Gain First Hand Insight into Ancient Aboriginal Culture

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne & David Hay on December 5, 2015
Starting December 13 and continuing through the NSW school holidays, visitors to the Jenolan Caves, in the Blue Mountains of Australia, have the opportunity to learn about the Gundungurra, the local ancient Aboriginal culture, first hand.

Underground Ecstasy

Posted by Lisa Sampson on December 5, 2015
Find out what happened when a member of an unusual fan club entered the underground Cathedral Chamber.

Tiny Sleeping Village Awakens

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on November 11, 2015
About 40 minutes north of Jenolan Caves sits the historic village of Hartley, one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Australia. In 1869, after the town was bypassed by the railway, Hartley sank into a deep slumber. But now, thanks to state government funding, the beautiful little town is undergoing a reawakening, with delightful surprises for the curious.

Crying Happy Tears

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on October 15, 2015
Something about the Jenolan Caves inspires marriage proposals. But in the course of their work, cave guides have to take such unexpected things in their stride.

Stones & Bones Treasure Hunt

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on September 18, 2015
During the NSW school holidays Jenolan Cave’s popular kids-only tour, Bones & Stones is running every day at 2pm. We have interviewed one of our long term cave guides, for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Are You a Day Breaker or a Night Crawler?

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on September 15, 2015
Free during the NSW school holidays, Jenolan Caves is offering new morning and evening guided bush walks - Day Breakers and Night Crawlers. They are designed to give overnight guests the chance of spotting some of the native birds and animals that thrive in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Toot! Toot! All Aboard for Jenolan Caves!

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 8, 2015
At Valley Heights, you can step into history - an authentically restored First Class Buffet Carriage from the original 'Caves Express'. This really is a 'hidden gem'!

The RW Mystery

Posted by David Hay & Carolyn Melbourne on June 18, 2015

Basking in the Sunshine of Royalty

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on May 29, 2015
The king slept here! Yes it's true, although at the time, he wasn't the king yet.

She Didn't Bat an Eye

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on April 14, 2015
Would you keep your cool if a bat flew down your shirt?

Kissed by a Nun

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on March 11, 2015
Overexcited nuns, polar bear taggers and ghosts! The tour guides at Jenolan Caves have great stories.

Mysterious Origins of a Blue Mountains Icon

Posted by David Hay & Carolyn Melbourne on February 20, 2015
Who started the 1895 fire that destroyed the original hotel at Jenolan Caves? Why, in 1897, did the New South Wales Government replace it with a grand hotel, seemingly in the middle of nowhere?

Ghost or Geological Phenomenon?

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on January 22, 2015
Long time cave guide, Geoff Melbourne, tells how he believes he had a conversation with a ghost in Jenolan Caves. But could it have been a geological phenomenon experienced in 'haunted' locations all over the world?

Insight into the Oldest Culture in the World

Posted by David Hay & Carolyn Melbourne on December 17, 2014
For only 4 days in January 2015, visitors to the Jenolan Caves, in the Blue Mountains of Australia, have the opportunity to learn about the Gundungurra, the local ancient Aboriginal culture, first hand.

5000 Year Old Christmas Present for Jenolan Caves

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on December 11, 2014
An honest citizen recently returned a piece of broken stalactite crystal to Jenolan Caves. Staff were overwhelmed by the gesture. Why was it a big deal? A rough estimate makes the piece 5,000 years old. How do we know that?

Ecotourism the Focus of International Conference

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on November 19, 2014
Recently, Jenolan Caves hosted 98 delegates for the International Show Caves Association 7th Congress. Delegates came from 18 countries. Regardless of their location, when a cave system, or other natural wonder, opens to the public, similar challenges arise - how to protect its features and delicate ecosystems while continuing as a profitable tourist attraction and educational venue.

Caves House Secret Art Collection

Posted by David Hay & Carolyn Melbourne on November 5, 2014
Jenolan Caves House, one of the most iconic Blue Mountains hotels, contains a collection of historic photographs and a smaller but interesting collection of modern, Australian paintings, by Blue Mountains artists. Visitors to Jenolan Caves can easily view these collections.
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