Jenolan Caves

Getting Here

You are welcome to start booking now, because on Saturday, February 1, Jenolan will reopen.  The Caves Café, Chisolm’s Restaurant and Jeremiah’s Bar will be fully stocked.  Although we lost 4 buildings to the bushfire, most of our guest accommodation, including heritage-listed Caves House, will also reopen.  Best of all, the following guided cave tours will reopen: Imperial, Chifley, Orient, Temple of Baal, Imperial-Diamond, Ribbon and the Plughole Adventure.  February is a peaceful month in our mountain valley, and it’s always cool underground! For the time being, we are taking online bookings only.

DETOUR

The main approach to Jenolan, via Jenolan Caves Road, has not yet been declared safe, so visitors must use Edith Road. The final 3.2 km of Edith Road are steep, very narrow and winding, with several tight hairpin bends – NOT suitable for coaches or caravans. However, Edith Road is sealed, and OK for experienced drivers in average-sized cars, campervans or small minibuses. You will need to take it slow, and watch for wildlife crossing the road. Larger vehicles will be turned back.

The Edith Road detour adds approximately 20 km (40 minutes) to your trip.  However, the picturesque route takes you close to the small town of Oberon – a nice place to stop and look around. Also, the longer trip makes an overnight stay at Jenolan a great idea – a chance to really slow down and step back in time.

Due to bushfire damage, we cannot yet reopen our bushwalks, the Nettle Cave, or Devil’s Coach House Cave.  However, you can stroll along one side of the beautiful Blue Lake to spot the platypus, and water dragons are particularly active in February.

Directions for the Edith Road Detour

On the Great Western Highway, west of Hartley Historic Village, turn into Jenolan Caves Road.  After approximately:

  • 25km, turn right, onto Duckmaloi Road
  • 20km, turn left, onto Titania Road.
  • 4km, turn left, onto Edith Road. 
  • 20km, arrive at Jenolan Caves. 

The Edith Road approach is not suitable for everyone.  If you wait until Jenolan Caves Road reopens, we understand and hope to see you soon.


Jenolan Caves

Most visitors drive to Jenolan Caves. We have 3 large car parks. Parking is free of charge.

However, fuel is NOT available at Jenolan. So, please fill your tank at Mount Victoria, Lithgow or Oberon.  The closest fuel to Jenolan is the Westside Petroleum, located at 1 Horace Street, Oberon.  There are 2 other service stations in Oberon that sell food, coffee and other handy travelling essentials. However, if you are travelling at night, Westside is the only one that is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The road into the Jenolan Valley is not suitable for caravans, and we do not have a camp ground. However, you can park your caravan in Lithgow, Hartley, Bathurst or Oberon and drive to Jenolan.

Jenolan Caves is in a National Park. Please do not bring pets and other animals.

Getting here from Sydney

Drive west, following signs to the Blue Mountains and Katoomba. Pass Katoomba, then at Hartley Historic Village, turn left at the Jenolan Caves turnoff. Jenolan Caves Road will take you through the tiny village of Hampton and finally to Jenolan Caves.

Once you have passed Katoomba, this trip offers spectacular scenery, and the road is sealed. It is possible to complete the trip in 3 hours from Sydney Airport. However, if you have time, explore the Blue Mountains along the way.

Note that Jenolan Caves is located at the bottom of a steep valley. The main road from Sydney is open to downhill (arriving) traffic 24 hours a day.  However, it is closed to uphill (departing) traffic between 11.45 am and 1.15 pm.  This allows arriving coaches more room on the road.  You can still leave Jenolan during these times, via Edith Road, to Oberon.  It is a steeper and narrower road, but is fully sealed and available 24 hours a day.

Getting here from Canberra

Bypass busy Sydney, and drive along the fully sealed Tablelands Way, via Goulburn and Taralga.  It is a beautiful, picturesque drive and will get you to Jenolan in only 3 hours.

Disabled parking

At Jenolan, next to the Guides Office, there are 2 parking spaces for disabled drivers.  Behind Caves House, there is 1 disabled driver parking space. Please remember to display your disabled driver notice on your windscreen. 

Coach from Sydney

Several privately owned coach companies come to Jenolan Caves, from Sydney, Katoomba and further away.  Please contact them directly:

Coach tour company   Tour number: Phone:
Gray Line 203  + 61 3 1300 858 687
A.A.T. Kings J32 Standard
J35 Adventure
+61 2 9700 0133
F.J. Tours 32 Standard +61 2 9637 4466
IEC Oceania Jenolan Caves +61 2 8214 6410
Colourful Trips Jenolan Caves +61 2 9318 0853
APSE Tours J32 +61 404 127 058
PJ Tours PF32+R +61 (0) 488 114 114

Blue Mountains Bus Company day trips from Sydney and short breaksCDC Tours from Katoomba

At Sydney's Central Station, catch a train to Katoomba. Then, in Katoomba, get on a CDC Tours coach to Jenolan. To book your seat, contact CDC Tours direct on +61 2 4782 7999.  The coach leaves Katoomba at 10:35 am daily, waits at Jenolan until 3.30 pm and arrives back at Katoomba at 5.00 pm.

Alternate transport to Jenolan Caves

Hellarewe Adventures
4WD Tours & Guided Bushwalks
Simmo's Offroad Tours
4WD tag-along tours
Life's an Adventure
Guided 4WD tours
Life's an Adventure
Six Foot Track Walk (3 day guided walk)
McArthur Seniors Tours Sydney Private Guided Tours
Blue Mountains Limousine Dingo Travel (Blue Mountains Tours)
Tread Lightly Eco Tours Away We Go Tours 
Spirit Safaris Baileys Sydney
'Tours for People Who Don't Like Tours'
Runaway Tours
Private tours specialising in foreign languages
Your Sydney Guide
Private tours, customised for your needs, interests and fitness level
Daily Sydney Tours
Private tours
Dingo Tours
Small groups, tour guides speak English, Dutch, French or German
Ozia Tours
Seasonal tours
Sydney Top Tours
Private tours
Detour Adventures
Small groups, off the 'beaten track'
Bathurst Tours
Small groups, personalised tours
Around Sydney Tours
Private, tailored day tours
 

One-Way Transport

If you plan to walk to Jenolan, maybe on the Six Foot Track, and need to book a ride back to Katoomba, please contact either CDC Tours or TCP Day Tours.

Jenolan Caves Apps
4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains NSW. Ph: 1300 76 33 11 or +61 2 6359 3911
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