Jenolan Caves

Revitalisation Work Begins

Record $30+ million in projects kicks off, to revitalise and protect Jenolan Caves.

  • Works have commenced on the revitalisation of Jenolan Caves, a four-year project to upgrade, protect and enhance the destination for generations to come.
  • Initial works involve the de-sedimentation of the Blue Lake, with other works aiming to repair and remediate flood and fire damage, improve safety and access to caves and modernise facilities.
  • To manage visitor numbers and accommodate the works, all visitors will have to pre-book tickets.

Works have commenced on our mammoth $30+ million revitalisation, marking a major milestone for our long-term future.

We are planning a multi-stage program of works over the next four years to upgrade, protect, and enhance our iconic destination for generations to come. 

Work has commenced on the de-sedimentation and upgrade of the Blue Lake, which was heavily impacted by flooding in March 2021. The upgrade will restore the Blue Lake’s famed beauty and increase accessibility. 

The full program of works will include remediation and repairs to areas impacted by the summer 2020 bushfires and 2021 floods, improvements to safety and access to the world’s oldest caves system and a face-lift to decades-old infrastructure, including the historic Caves House hotel. It will also include the construction of a new visitor centre and boardwalk around the Blue Lake, upgrade of Mountain Lodge accommodation, road repairs, rockfall management and more. 

We have carefully planned the works around local wildlife, to avoid any harm or disruption. Assessment of potential impacts to vulnerable plant or animal species forms an integral component of pre-work planning for each of the major projects. 

Acting Director, Cameron Chaffey, said this was one of our largest investments and construction projects in many decades. “Jenolan Caves has welcomed visitors for more than 100 years and these works will ensure that we can deliver life-changing visitor experiences for generations to come,” he said. “We are excited to bring this historic destination to life in today’s era, safeguarding the caves and reserve so they can continue to inspire and welcome visitors safely and sustainably.” 

Throughout the four-year construction period, we will alter visitor access to the precinct, with some areas closed during works and others with reduced capacity. 

Currently, our visitors can enjoy cave tours, accommodation, dining and some bushwalks, as we continue to welcome visitors every weekend and some extended weeks. By closing the caves on weekdays, we will be able to fast-track the recovery and construction works over the next four years. 

To provide the best possible experience during this time, please pre-book tickets online, to help us manage capacity limits on guest numbers, with 'walk-ups' no longer admitted. 

We urge all visitors to check our social media channels, and this website, for updates. “We are always so pleased to see our guests and we appreciate that many of them have simply hopped in the car for a day at Jenolan Caves. However, to complete the works safely we need to restrict visitor numbers, which will also help us get them done faster,” Mr Chaffey said. 

“All visitors need to pre-book their tickets from now on, to visit Jenolan Caves. We encourage visitors to book early to ensure you’ve secured your time with us. We will also have small group bookings available, providing an intimate experience of this natural wonder.” 

Access to Jenolan is via Edith Road and then the ‘2-Mile’ section of the Jenolan Caves Road. The ‘5-Mile’ section of the Jenolan Caves Road remains closed. Please check Live Traffic NSW before travelling. 

The upgrade and revitalisation works have been enabled by a range of NSW and Commonwealth Government funding, including $10.4 million, announced in 2019, to transform Caves House. 

A masterplan covering all of the projects is being developed for public exhibition. The Masterplan is a focused and strategic plan for the next 5-years of development and operation across our Grand Arch Precinct and broader Visitors Use and Services Zone. 

Your Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Jenolan undergoing construction and maintenance works?

Jenolan's mission, simply put, is to 'protect and connect'. By undertaking this program of works to restore and upgrade infrastructure in and around the precinct, we are doing exactly that. These works will not only enhance this generation of visitors’ experience and improve access and safety, but they will also ensure future generations can enjoy the unique and natural heritage of Jenolan Caves, for hundreds of more years to come.

When are the works expected to commence?

The first of the works has already commenced at the Blue Lake.

When are the works expected to be completed?

The works will be staggered and aim to be completed over the course of the next 4 financial years.

What type of works are happening and what do they entail?

The program of construction and maintenance works include:

  • A new visitor centre,
  • A new boardwalk around the Blue Lake,
  • Refurbishing Mountain Lodge and Caves House,
  • Rockfall management,
  • Blue Lake dredging/de-sedimentation,
  • Other infrastructure remediation works, due to recent fires and floods,
  • Bush regeneration.

In addition to this, Transport for NSW and Essential Energy will undertake some of their own work on infrastructure in and around the precinct.

Will we be able to visit Jenolan Caves during the works? If so, what days can we visit?

Yes, you will still be able to visit Jenolan Caves during the works. However, to complete the works as safely and as timely as possible, we will need to operate on reduced days throughout the program.

Until at least mid 2022, we will only be open to visitors on the weekend and on select days. We may experience additional short closures. However, this will be confirmed and communicated to you closer to the time.

If so, do we need to pre-book our visit?

Yes, due to reduced operating days and capacity limits, it is absolutely essential that you pre-book your visit to Jenolan Caves early, online, to avoid any disappointment. 

We appreciate that in the past, many of our visitors have just jumped in their cars to come and visit Jenolan Caves whenever it suited. However, to manage safety and access, we hope you can understand that we can no longer accept 'walk-ins', during these works.

Is there a limit on how many people can visit at the same time during the works?

Yes, to maximise safety and provide the best possible visitor experience, there is a limit on how many people can be onsite at any given time. It is essential that you pre-book your visit.

When I visit Jenolan Caves on the weekend during the works, what can I do and see?

Currently, cave tours, accommodation, dining and some bushwalks will be open to those with a pre-booked ticket. It is best to visit this website before your visit.

You can enhance your weekend cave experience by:

  • Staying at Caves House on Friday and/or Saturday night (20 rooms available – please book in advance)
  • Enjoying lunch, dinner and/ or high tea at Chisolm’s Restaurant
  • Eating at Caves Café

Will the works change how we get to and access the Jenolan Caves?

Currently, the ‘2-Mile’ section of the Jenolan Caves Road (via Edith Road) is the only access to Jenolan. Please continue to use the ‘2-Mile’ to enter and leave the precinct. The ‘5-Mile’ section of the Jenolan Caves Road remains closed, until rehabilitation works have been completed.

The ‘2-Mile’ section of the Jenolan Caves Road (via Edith Road) is closed Monday – Friday during the works, but open from 4:30pm each Friday to welcome visitors into the precinct for the weekend.

For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

If I already have a booking, will it be affected by the works?

Any changes to your bookings will be directly communicated to you via email or phone.

What added health and safety measures are being put in place for visitors during the works?

The appropriate measures will be in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff during the works. There will also be no works completed on weekends while visitors are onsite.

How can we stay up to date with the progress of the works?

We will share regular updates on the works and any impacts via this website, Facebook page, and e-news.  We encourage you follow or subscribe to these channels and be part of our revitalisation journey.

Will there be any closures to local roads during the works?

The 5-Mile section of the Jenolan Caves Road has been closed by Transport for NSW, due to damage from severe weather early in 2021, and will reopen when rehabilitation works have been completed. Please visit the Transport for NSW website for the most recent advice on the repair work planned for this section of road.

The 2-Mile section of the Jenolan Caves Road (via Edith Road) is currently the only access to Jenolan and it is closed during the works (Monday – Friday). It will be reopened at 4:30pm each Friday, to welcome visitors into the precinct for the weekend.

For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App and visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

How much is this costing and where is the funding from?

All the upgrade and revitalisation projects have been enabled by a range of NSW and Government funding, totaling over $30 million. This includes $10.4 million, in early 2019, to transform Caves House.

Who is completing the works?

The project construction works will be awarded under NSW Government procurement guidelines. Depending on the project, some will be directly engaged by the NSW Government, and some will be open to tender. Please visit www.tenders.nsw.gov.au or click here for more details.

Is there a Plan of Management in place?

The Jenolan Caves Reserves Trust respects the long history and the unique and natural heritage of Jenolan Caves, and it is part of our mission to protect it.  All works have been planned and will be carried out with protection of Jenolan Caves’ heritage front of mind. This includes complying with the policies of the Plans of Management in place for Jenolan Caves. For more information, please contact   

Is there an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management in place?

Jenolan Caves are located on the lands of the Gundugurra Nations peoples and are significant part of Aboriginal culture.

The potential impacts of the works program on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage will be assessed as per the requirements of the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Act (1974). Impacts will be avoided wherever possible, and appropriate impact mitigation measures will be implemented as required.

What impact will the works have on local wildlife and how has local wildlife been considered in the planning for the works?

The works have been carefully planned around local wildlife, to avoid any harm or disruption. Assessment of potential impacts to vulnerable plant or animal species forms an integral component of pre-work planning for each of the major projects.  

Does this work impact the platypus in the Blue Lake or other species?

Protecting the platypuses, their burrows and their feeding ground is one of our highest priorities. A series of video cameras and a full-time specialist ensure that platypus activity is continually monitored. For more information contact

What is the Masterplan for Jenolan?

The Masterplan is a focused and strategic plan for the next 5-years of development and operation across the Grand Arch Precinct and broader Visitors Use and Services Zone.

It is a living proposal that considers our challenges and opportunities, presenting a cohesive plan for current and future projects while remaining adaptable to meet the issues and challenges of the future. The guiding theme of the Masterplan is to enhance the overall visitor experience while respecting the natural and cultural values of this unique destination allowing for a broader range of visitors to enjoy all it has to offer.

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