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Jenolan is Officially on the Bucket List

Jenolan Caves has made it onto the Experience Oz "Ultimate Sydney Bucket List:The Top 100 Things to do in Sydney Before you Die"

If you are planning a holiday or short break, then here is your number 1 resource.  


Adventure Caving - Be Awesome!

Are you seeking an activity that is different, challenging, fascinating and highly rewarding? The Plughole Adventure Caving tour is for you!  Exploring an undeveloped cave the way actual speleologists do can seem daunting, even scary at first.  But by the time you have abseiled, squeezed, crawled, climbed and slid, all the way to the end of this cave, you will have learned new skills, made new friends, and will feel pretty pleased with yourself! 

We kit you out in overalls, helmet, headlamp and all other equipment.  Our extremely experienced guides help you every step of the way, especially through the 9 metre abseil, so that you need absolutely NO abseiling or caving experience to completely conquer this awe-inspiring adventure! 

Then, download and share your complimentary photos with your friends and family! They will be in absolute awe!  

NEW - Introducing Delicious Lunch in Chisolm's Restaurant - the Grand Dining Room Carvery
At last, you can enjoy an elegant lunch in Chisolm's Restaurant, upstairs in Jenolan Caves House hotel.  This Australia Day long weekend, from noon to 2pm, you have a choice of eateries at Jenolan Caves.  You can either choose fast but tasty food in our bright new and beautiful Caves Cafe (licensed) or you can go upstairs to magnificent Chisolm's for the relaxing buffet.  

Heritage-listed Caves House hotel was designed in 1897 as a retreat for the wealthy landowners of NSW. The enormous grand dining room was completed in 1924, and is now our magnificent Chisholm's Restaurant. It is one of Australia's two remaining 'grand dining rooms' from that opulent era.  Dining in Chisolm’s is one of Jenolan’s many 'must do' experiences.  

The buffet offers 2 succulent roasts, vegies , salads - plus tempting dishes such as 'crisp skin salmon, lime sauce, broccolini' and 'beetroot risotto, orange, spinach and goats cheese'.  Desserts include 'homemade chocolate and orange Sacha Torte'.  There's no way you can resist!

Let Ozia Tours do the Work!
There are many ways to get to Jenolan Caves.  Most people are happy to drive themselves, but a range of tour companies conveniently bring people to Jenolan, stopping at other fascinating places along the way.  One of these exciting companies is Sydney-based Ozia Tours.  Ozia Tours specialises in day trips to the snow, and now includes Jenolan Caves on its March/April itinerary.  It's a relaxing way to have a short break. Leave all the planning and driving to someone else, while you just sit back and enjoy.  

If you are interested in coming to Jenolan with Ozia Tours, please contact them direct, on (02) 8091 7522.

NEW - The Water Dragon Deal
Cave Tour and Accommodation - Only AUD$149 - Only a Few Days Left!

Book this special package, to do a cave tour and stay at Jenolan in March, Monday to Friday nights only. 

What do Water Dragons have to do with it?  Throughout the warmer months, these large, lazy lizards can be seen sunning themselves on paths around the caves and the hotel. And now before the weather cools, you also can enjoy a relaxing stay at Jenolan, for a great price, only $149 per room per night.  For this price, you and your special someone can enjoy:
  1. a fascinating guided tour of either the Lucas or Chifley or Imperial cave, plus
  2. 1 night, twin-share accommodation.  Choose either a 'Classic' room, in historic Caves House hotel, or a King room, in our Mountain Lodge motel-style accommodation.
When you book this deal, if you also book buffet breakfast at the same time, breakfast will cost only $15 per person.

You cannot book this package online!  To book, phone our hotel on 02 6359 3900.

What Makes a Water Dragon So Special?

In summer, Water Dragons are very common around Caves House and the Blue Lake.  The Water Dragon:
  • is the totem of the Burragorang, a clan group of the Gundungurra – the Indigenous people of Jenolan's immediate area,
  • is the largest of Australia’s ‘dragon lizards’, growing up to 90cm long,
  • is one of Australia’s oldest reptiles, unchanged in 20 million years,
  • can live up to 20 years in the wild,
  • feeds on just about everything, including invertebrates, small reptiles, frogs and plants,
  • can stay under water for an hour,
  • is a very graceful swimmer,
  • is protected, like all of the native wildlife at Jenolan, and
  • can bite – so beware!

NEW - Come to Oberon's 'Field to Forest' Festival

The Oberon Visitor Information Centre is happy to launch a month of farm-gates and foraging experiences as part of the Field to Forest Festival April 2019.

‘Field to Forest’ is a month-long array of activities in and around the Oberon region that explores the delicacies and rare finds that one can forage for. The activities include specialised forage tours for wild mushrooms, secluded forest lunches, a newly launched wine trail and workshops with experts recounting their skills and know how on foraging in the forest.

4 WD Foraging Tour (Departs Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat in April
This 3 hour 4WD trip explores some of the more remote areas of the pine forests, where identification and foraging are at its best. Forage, collect or simply photograph mushrooms in the wild. From $55 pp.

Oberon Wine and Beer Trail - 6 & 27 April
Vignerons, artisans and local producers across the region come together to launch Oberon’s first ever wine trail. 

Introduction to Forest Foraging - Sat 13 April
Join speakers from Forestry, Urban Foraging, and Farming to explore the issues, opportunities, and techniques required for safe and sustainable wild food foraging. This free 2 hour introductory session will give would-be foragers a unique view of the history of foraging in and around Oberon.

Diego Bonetto's Mushroom Forage to Feast Experience - Sun 14 April
Join environmental educator and wild food advocate Diego Bonetto on an edible adventure through the forests around Oberon. The renowned forager will share his knowledge of how to identify, harvest and cook wild mushrooms. $100pp 10am - 3pm.

If you are interested in any of these activities, please contact Oberon Visitor Information direct on (02) 6329 8210.


The Destruction of Old Caves House - 1895.

When Mark Foy opened his Hydro Majestic hotel in 1904, it was described as a 'Palace in the Wilderness'. The same could be said of Jeremiah Wilson's extensive tourist accommodation at Jenolan Caves, which by 1895 had virtually filled all the available building land in the Jenolan Valley.

A contemporary article lauded Wilson's development, which had played host to a succession of Vice Regal representatives, “ Many improvements had been recently made, some of a distinctly ornamental character. All the old buildings surrounding Caves House have been cleared away and the space neatly fenced off into gardens. The little settlement nestling under the hills has a clearly well kept appearance and is strikingly reminiscent of the Swiss villages one so often comes across in an Alpine ramble. Everything is peaceful and quiet and happy, and life flows on from day to day."

So it seemed, until on the night of March 13, 1895, when all was quiet, in the darkness of the autumnal night. Suddenly a disastrous fire broke out somewhere in the complex around 12:40 am. 

The Very Best Things to See and Do Near Jenolan Caves

See the Spectacular Mayfield Garden  

Mayfield, 40 acres of the most astonishing garden in our region: 
  • Only 40 minutes drive from Jenolan Caves
  • Open daily 9 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Last garden entry at 3 PM
  • $20 Adult (18+)
  • $18 Concession/Senior Citizen
  • $10 Child (7-17 years)
  • $55 Family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • FREE Child (0-6 years)

NEW - There are also private tours of the entire garden.  They include an opulent lunch (with matched wines) plus transport from your Oberon or Bathurst accommodation.  FIND OUT MORE.

Hartley Historic Village

On your way to or from Jenolan, stop in at Hartley Historic Village. The village’s many lovely sandstone buildings preserve an important piece of history. 

No longer a ghost town, you can easily spend a whole morning or afternoon here. 

Do a self-guided tour of the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse. 

Browse the Talisman Gallery, with its amazing metal art, or the Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Relax in the sweet little cafe, which was once the village post office, or enjoy a picnic in the absolute serenity. 

Note that the village open every day except Mondays.

More details HERE


Kanangra Boyd National Park

From Jenolan Caves, take the 29 km drive to the World Heritage Kanangra Boyd National Park (unsealed 2WD). Enjoy spectacular views, with just a 10 min easy walk to the Lookout, approx. 20 mins walk down to Kalang Falls and then a further walk around to the Plateau.

You can easily spend a whole day out here, so don’t forget to take a picnic and your camera!


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