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"Here Comes the Bull"

At Jenolan, 1916 to 1918 were gala years.  In 1916, electric lighting was installed in Caves House. Then, in December 1917, the Orient Cave finally opened to the public, with great fanfare.  And by 1918, Caves House had been transformed with the addition of an ambitious 4 story extension.

And then, (this is a little known fact)  to meet the high standards of guests and to ensure an abundance of fresh meat, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables for the Grand Dining Room, Jenolan started its own farm. The farm was not just for supplies. It became part of the tourist attraction. Visitors were encouraged to see it. In fact a road was built specifically so that visitors could reach the farm. School groups put the Jenolan farm on their excursion itineraries.

Unfortunately, the farm no longer exists. What happened?


"Hotel and Chisolm's Unavailable Until Sept 25.
Caves Still Closed Until Further Notice.
Cafe and 4 Bushwalks OPEN.

All Jenolan Caves overnight accommodation, as well as Chisolm’s Dining in Caves House, is temporarily unavailable, up until and including September 24th, 2020.

We offer complete flexibility in booking arrangements. We are happy to assist you by arranging alternative dates for travel, offering a voucher, valid for up to three years, or providing a refund for any cancellations. If you require assistance, please call us on 1300 76 33 11.

Further information is available on our website.

snacks, drinks and light lunch at Caves CafeHowever, our Caves Café and some of our bushwalks are open:

However the Blue Lake Walk is closed, as is the River Walk and the Grand Arch,until work is finished on the Blue Lake Restoration Project. 

Also, please remember the caves are still closed, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Those Bold Imperial Cave Explorers
(or Daring, Discovery & Dirty Deeds)

Cave exploration is difficult and dangerous. In the world of caving, as in any field of exploration, it’s important for people to receive credit for their discoveries – at Jenolan even more so, because it contains many caves, each discovered by different explorers.  But with the passage of time, confusion surrounds the discovery of at least one of Jenolan’s caves – the Imperial. 

At Jenolan, we always attribute the discovery of the Imperial Cave and its many branches, to Jeremiah Wilson, ‘Keeper of the Caves’ and avid cave explorer.  The importance of his work to explore and protect the caves, and make them accessible to the public, cannot be overstated.

The fact that Wilson explored this massive new cave is not in question. However there is evidence that someone else had already been into the cave, up to a year before, and hardly anyone knew – possibly not even Wilson.


Support Our Tourism Industry - #holidayherethisyear

2020 will be remembered as the year we wish we could forget. But, through the worst, we have seen the best of Australians. Generosity, resilience and a sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of each other that can only be described as mateship. And yet the challenge isn’t over.

The Australian communities who rely on tourism to thrive need our support. Tour guides. Restaurateurs. Cabbies. Dive instructors. Baristas. Hoteliers. Retailers. Artists… the list is endless. And most of them are good to go, ready for your visit. That’s why we’re asking everyone to get out there to see our beautiful country. Book a week or weekend away. Revisit your favourite spot or discover somewhere new.

There are beds aplenty at hotels, resorts and campsites. And locals just waiting to say ‘G’day’. See Australia. Our home. And support all the incredible people who live here. Because now, more than any other time, Australia needs you to say, “I’m going to holiday here this year.”
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