Caves - New South Wales
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• Links: NSW
• The Archway Cave is the largest limestone
Arch in the southern hemisphere.
• A number of unique caves. These include:
- Chifley Cave
- Imperial Cave
The tour follows an ancient river
passage, which is mostly level and is one of the easiest of the
caves to visit. On display in the cave are Tasmanian Devil and
Wallaby bones, as well as the many marine fossils seen embedded in
the limestone wall and roof. There is a decent of 66 steps via a
spiral staircase to view an extensive section of the northern
- Jubilee Cave
- Lucas Cave
First entered in 1860 by George Whiting
and Nicholas Irwin, it is a popular cave, offering the highest and
widest chambers at Jenolan, the Cathedral. You get a glimpse of
the underground river. Another feature is the Broken Column. Due
to its acoustical properties, the Cathedral is utilised for
performances. Past performers include Dame Joan Sutherland and the
Vienna Boys Choir.
- Orient Cave
- Pool of Cerberus
- Ribbon Cave
- River Cave
- Temple of Baal
If ‘adventure cave’ is more to your style, Jenolan Caves offers
two. There is also a ‘kids adventure’, which is Wombeyan mini
adventure tour specifically designed for kids and the not so brave.
- The Elder Cave
This was the first ‘dark’ cave to be
entered at Jenolan in 1848. The Elder Cave includes several large
chambers, some fine crystal and many historical signatures
preserved from the 1800’s. The tour introduces you to the world of
‘adventure caving’ with a series of climbs, crawls and squeezes to
The ‘Plughole Tour’ is a variation on the Elder Cave tour that
involves entering the cave at the top of the mountain via a short
abseil into a sinkhole before following the Elder cave to its
conclusion in the infamous ‘S-bend’ squeeze.
- Aladdin Cave
Starting with a pleasant walk through
the vast archway of the Devil’s Coachhouse and north up the
McKeowns Valley, leads to one of the most beautiful caves in
Jenolan, the Aladdin. This cave boasts an extraordinary display of
colour and decoration in its lower chambers.
The upper sections of the cave involve a certain amount of
climbing, including a rope assisted traverse followed by a slide
to the cave floor. This cave is very active, often wet and may be
muddy in sections.
- Mammouth Cave
The most extensive cave in the Jenolan
complex and the scene of a great deal of continued exploration,
the Mammoth Cave is one of the most rewarding of the ‘adventure
caving’ experiences. You spend about six hours underground, that
include extensive climbing and some cave ladder work. Hard work is
rewarded with several very large and well decorated chambers, and
a swift flowing section of the underground river system.
- Wiburd’s Lake Cave
This tour is a full and varied day
of both caving and bushwalking. It starts with a 4 km walk north
along the inspiring McKeowns Valley. Three caves are generally
visited during the course of the day, providing a broad range of
activities and experiences, from the fine crystal of Hennings Cave
to the size of Wiburd’s itself. With sufficient rainfall, vast
amounts of water will be found underground, and the cave may be
muddy and slippery. The tour takes over six hours return.
Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust
• Include The Cathedral Cave, Bone Cave, Gaden Cave,
River Cave, Water Cave - up to 26 caves in the reserve with many
including fossil remains.
• PO Box 18, TARALGA NSW 2580 • Ph: 02 4843
5976 • Fax: 02 4843 5988 •
• Located in the Southern Highlands
offering a number of caves and cave options, from tours, self-tour
and adventure caving.
If ‘adventure cave’ is more to your style,
there are currently two on offer There is also a ‘kids adventure’,
which is Wombeyan mini adventure tour specifically designed for kids
and the not so brave.
- Bullio Cave
Discovered just after the turn of the
century and is a challenging adventure cave. Much of the cave is
vertical and is negotiated by steep ladders of up to 20 metres.
There are crawl holes, squeezes and an underground streamway.
- Basin Cave
This cave is named after the enormous
basin shaped rim-pools within the cave. The cave is a maze of
wide, open caverns and tight, muddy passageways and steep
Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust
• Located within
Kosciuszko National Park
in the Snowy
Mountains. There are six caves open for inspection
including North Glory Cave, Glory Hole Cave, Jillabenan Cave and Jersey Cave (for guided tours), the Castle
and Harrie Wood caves (by appointment).