Welcome to a Dazzling Natural Wonder!
When you plan a holiday, you can choose from a whole world of wonders. Yet, some things are found in Australia only. And many of those experiences are found in a single unique place – Jenolan Caves. Hidden in rugged wilderness, Jenolan Caves is on the edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, 3 hour’s drive west of Sydney Airport. You can get to Jenolan by car or by coach. An multi award winning destination, we attract people from every country of the world.
A dazzling natural wonder
Jenolan Caves is one of Australia’s national treasures - the world’s oldest and Australia’s most awe-inspiring caves, with dazzling formations and pure underground rivers. Draped with limestone crystal, each extensive cave is astonishing in its own way. Some are enormous and hung with colossal formations millions of years old. Others are intimate and mysterious, forested with the most delicate crystal. Our Orient Cave is reputed to be one of the world's most stunningly beautiful caves. The dark, mysterious underworld is unspoiled, a celebration of nature’s glory, a visual feast. Even if you do not like enclosed spaces, you will be amazed in our vast Nettle Cave, where you can see one of our strangest treasures – stromatolyes. Our self-guided audio tour is easy to use and available in many languages!
Australian native animals
As Jenolan Caves is nestled in protected wilderness in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, in the early morning or at dusk, if you are patient, you can spot various shy Aussie animals - wallabies, wombats, lyre birds and more. Rare platypus are seen daily in our mountain lake – just a stroll from the caves.
Artistry deep underground
Experience an underground performance. Long ago, it was noticed that The Cathedral Cave has remarkable acoustics. Since then, many famous performers have come here, to experience arguably the best acoustics of any performance space in the world. Tiny bats flicker far overhead, as you sit back, relax, shut your eyes and immerse your senses in sound.
Challenge of Adventure Caving
Adventure Caving is an intense experience for challenge seekers. For fitness, learning and confidence-building, our Adventure Caving enables ordinary people to face and conquer their fears deep in the heart of a mountain, without risking their lives!
Underground ghost tour
One of our most popular tours is ‘Legends, Mysteries and Ghosts’ – an exploration of Jenolan’s long history of paranormal activity and other unexplained occurrances.
Renew mind, body & spirit
All our show cave tours and bushwalking promote health, fitness and relaxation. Exploring the underworld involves walking and stairs, while Adventure Caving is more physically demanding. For some visitors, it’s not the caves that draw them, but the huge surrounding reserve. The Jenolan Caves Conservation Reserve is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. You can walk along marked bush trails, enjoy the fresh mountain air, the tranquillity, listen to native birds, watch for native wildlife and let nature renew your mind, body and spirit.
Historic Jenolan Caves House
Although Jenolan is Australia’s most famous cave system, our centrepiece is the heritage-listed hotel, Jenolan Caves House. The romantic hotel was built in 1897 as a wilderness retreat for the wealthy. It became a popular honeymoon destination. Today, Caves House remains one of few Australian hotels from the Victorian era, and our award-winning Chisolm's Restaurant is one of Australia’s last two remaining ‘grand dining rooms’, even boasting a unique wine cellar, hidden deep inside one of our famous caves.
Our highly trained Aussie cave guides come from diverse backgrounds. All are extremely proud of Jenolan Caves. They love their work, hosting visitors from every country. With an open and friendly style, they educate and entertain, as they welcome you to their dark and mysterious domain.
Protecting our Environment
Because we welcome many thousands of visitors every year, our conservation practices go far beyond recycling - so much so that we have seen the return of many endangered species, including brush-tailed rock wallabies and spotted quolls. As you marvel at the spectacular caves, you cannot begin to know how much goes on behind the scenes, to ensure that Jenolan Caves is protected for future generations.
Are you in the tourism industry?
Open every day, we are only 3 hours from Sydney Airport and 3 hours from Canberra. In the 2011 Australian Tourism Awards, Jenolan Caves won the trophy for best tourist attraction in Australia. Not only do we have amazing cave tours, but also meals and accommodation If you are a travel agent or a tour operator, , to see what we can offer to you and your customers.