Mammoth Cave Adventure Tour
Previous adventure cave experience, such as the 'Plughole Adventure Tour' or 'Aladdin Adventure Tour' is essential, before you attempt the 'Mammoth Cave Adventure Tour'.
This challenging cave is very extensive, with large chambers, rockpiles, long passages, chimneys and squeezes. It will take approximately six hours to complete and involves extensive climbing and a caving ladder. Your reward - large caverns of great beauty and the clear flow of 'Lower River'.
Like most of our adventures, Mammoth Adventure Tour starts in the 'Old Schoolhouse', where you will be fitted with overalls, helmets and headlights.
After a stroll up McKeowns Valley to the cave entrance, we brief you on cave safety. Then, go through the grand 'Entrance Chamber', over rocks, mud and through some short 'squeezes'. Then the challenges begin, with the 'Jug Handle' and a twisting vertical scramble down the 'Rockpile'. Next, a long, sandy crawl takes you passed fossils, through the 'Gun Barrel' and rocky passages, to reach the awesome 'Lower River'. You have time to relax and enjoy some well-earned morning tea.
After morning tea, you can rest, or do a chimney climb to the stunning 'Oolite Chamber'. We recommend the second option! 'Oolite' is an enormous chamber full of massive, glittering crystal formations of 'show' cave quality. Unlike 'show' caves, only the brave and the hardy are able to see it!
Then, we go back to the 'Jug Handle', via either the 'Rockpile' or a cave ladder up the 'Forty Footer', to collect our lunch packs and find a warm spot for lunch.
The afternoon is more leisurely. We explore the extensive 'Railway Tunnel' and aim for the legendary 'Skull and Crossbones', first reached by Jeremiah Wilson and friends, in 1884. Heading for home, we pass through the 'Horseshoe Cavern' and 'Cold Hole', before one last squeeze through 'Wombat Hole' and out through the vast 'Entrance Chamber'.
|Cost:||$220 per person.
We can arrange private bookings for up to 10 people for only $2200.
|Age:||Minimum age - 16 years.
No maximum age.
|Fitness:||Requires flexibility, agility and previous caving experience.
Not suitable for claustrophobics.
|Times:||Once a month,
9am to 5pm approximately (a full day of adventure).
|We supply:||All equipment, lights and protective clothing.|
Clothing that can get dirty and sneakers/joggers or bushwalking boots.
For more information about what to bring, please contact our Guides Office
Why not stay overnight! Make sure you book accommodation early. Stay at least one night, to experience more activities, both above and below ground. Don't forget to try our magnificent Chisolm's Restaurant.
Many organisations and companies are now using Jenolan Caves Adventure Caving for unique and fun team building. It's a great learning, teamwork and confidence building activity for people of any age, provided they are of average fitness and flexibility.