Students are fascinated at Jenolan Caves!
Near Sydney, in the World Heritage listed Karst Conservation Reserve, Jenolan Caves is the ideal destination for school groups, best described as 'Nature's Classroom'. Our truly unique surrounds offer opportunity to experience rare wildlife, unchanged and contrasting ecosystems, and geological formations wilder than the imagination.
Our experienced and nationally accredited guides cater for a wide range of activities, to suit the needs of all students K to 12. Programs incorporate all areas of the school curriculum. We offer experiential learning through such activities as Adventure Caving, environmental studies walks and guided tours through our 8 show caves, or self guided Nettle Cave.
Choose from an existing program, or ask us to develop a package to fit the needs of your students and fulfill the learning outcomes of specific key learning areas outside the generic requirements.
From 1 April, 2017, for school groups, guided cave tour prices start at $14 per child, (or $15 per child for tours that start from 12 noon to 2 pm - our peak time).
$14 is a great price - half our regular kid's rate.
School group accommodation starts at $27.50 per child per night in the Gatehouse (backpacker lodge).
See page 7 of our School Excursion Information Pack for all our prices.
Risk Management & insurance
We will provide you with the completed risk management document, 'Venue and Safety Information for School Excursion', as required by the NSW Department of Education and Training. This document covers many issues such as first aid, bush fires, accidents and lost or missing students during both activities and while using our accommodation. Please see our 'Certificate of Currency'.
Great choice of spectacular show caves
School groups can choose to tour one or more of our 8 show caves, and the tour content can be tailored to a specific study requirement.
Traditionally schools have toured the Lucas Cave, which easily takes the largest groups.
But don't forget our fabulous Chifley and Imperial Caves - also great for larger groups.
Geared up with personal head-lamps and overalls, students learn squeezes, climbs and crawls and feel like real adventurers, while learning about the cave environment up close.
Environmentally responsible and overseen by trained guides, it is a fantastic way to explore the underworld. The students assist each other and rely on teamwork to make their way through the caves.
There are a variety of Adventure Caves to suit different ages and group sizes. Some caves incorporate an abseil into the entrance (for students 10 years and over).
Whether first time or experienced abseilers, students are introduced gently into the art of abseiling.
There is an instructor-student ratio of 1 to 6.
Students are instructed on the use of abseiling equipment and taught how to abseil in an isolated valley.
Abseiling is an ideal way to build self-confidence. They love the challenge and the satisfaction of learning a new skill. (for students 10 years and over).
Fascinating Karst Walks
Interpretative bushwalks are another popular option. Such tours provide an excellent setting to explore the ideas and examples of World Heritage protection, landforms, land use and environmental management.
The Gatehouse is a comfortable 3-storey bush-walkers lodge containing 14 rooms. There are three unisex bathrooms. Common rooms have fridges and cooking facilities on two floors. Capacity is as follows:
The Mountain Lodge is our modern motel-style accommodation, with en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, television and iron. Capacity is as follows:
Dinner and breakfast are served in Chisolm's Restaurant, a treat for many young students. We have buffet breakfasts and special school menus. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, with prior notice.
Close to Sydney, but in another world
Jenolan Caves is just 1.5 hours from Katoomba, 2½ hours from Western Sydney and 3 hours from Canberra.
For bookings and further enquiries please contact us. If there is an activity you want within your school
excursion and we haven't mentioned it, be sure to ask.