The Jenolan Caves Blog
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.
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.
Posted by Ron Fitzpatrick on October 26, 2016
Would you like to try your hand at the time-honoured art of blacksmithing?
Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on October 19, 2016
Do you have an ancient photo of Jenolan Cavesâ€™ 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.
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!
Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on September 16, 2016
Jenolan Caves historic restaurant, Chisolm's, has a sensational new menu!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on September 18, 2015
During the NSW school holidays Jenolan Caveâ€™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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.