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Welcome Back - June 5 - Our Hotel and Restaurant Reopen
 
On June 5, we will reopen our hotel, Chisolm’s Restaurant and Caves Café. Although our caves will remain closed for a little while longer, we look forward to welcoming back our overnight guests.
 
Health and safety - our priority - Our priority is always the safety of our guests, staff and other visitors. Working with the advice provided by NSW Health and the State and Commonwealth Governments, we will be re-opening in a controlled and responsible way. For now, this means Jenolan Caves will only be open for above-ground activities, meals or overnight stays that have been pre-booked.

We also ask that if within the last 14 days you have experienced any flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 that you please delay your visit.

Across our precinct, we are implementing measures to ensure the highest standards of hygiene, including providing hand sanitizing stations as well as for food preparation and cleaning. 

Please book ahead - To facilitate social distancing, we are limiting the number of people at Jenolan Caves. Please book ahead, either online or by phone on 1300 76 33 11.   
 
Plenty to Do - Although we have not yet restarted our cave tours, overnight guests can look forward to a tranquil escape in historic surroundings, with delicious food and wine, fresh mountain air on invigorating scenic bush trails. See how our region is reawakening after the bushfire.  See how floodwater has resculpted our Blue Lake - the power of nature!  Lyre birds, platypus and wallabies are often seen in the wild at Jenolan, in the early morning or at dusk. For this special time, we are putting together some tempting new hospitality packages. If you want to roam our bushland and then use Jenolan as a base from which to explore our region, we are only a half hour drive from the small shops and cafes of Oberon, then another 10 minutes to the amazing Mayfield Gardens.

As always, before your trip please remember to check that the roads are open. Please also note that at this time we are not accepting cash on site.

Gift Vouchers - Lastly, although our cave tours are not yet running, you can purchase gift vouchers and keep them for a later date.  They are valid for three years.  

1922 - Queen of Crime Stayed Overnight at Jenolan

“To all those who lead monotonous lives in the hope that they may experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure.” This is how one of the world’s greatest crime novelists, Agatha Christie, dedicated her novel, The Secret Adversary, published in 1922.  

It was only her 2nd novel, and she had just returned home to England after a 10-month voyage through the British Empire. Her Australian leg of the journey took her through the Blue Mountains to Jenolan Caves. Although already well-travelled, the wealth of experiences gained on her ‘Grand Tour’, would have provided her with years of material for her novels. 

And of course, we like to think that her stay at the dark and mysterious Jenolan Caves could have had some influence on the 66 detective novels, which subsequently made her the bestselling author of all time.  After all, upon first sighting Caves House, many visitors have been heard to say that they expected to see Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie’s most enduring characters) standing in the elegant front foyer.

FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED

Jenolan Caves House - Iconic Honeymoon Hotel 

The custom of the ‘honeymoon’ is over a thousand years old. The word came from the tradition of giving couples a moon's worth of mead (honey wine) at their weddings. A moon (month) of drinking lead to sexual intimacy, and hopefully a first child.  Over the centuries, because of the sexual connotations, couples were often embarrassed if hotel clerks or other strangers realised they were on their honeymoon. So it was customary to go somewhere secluded, such as a seaside or mountain resort.  On that private escape, such as Jenolan, amid nature’s beauty, a couple could strengthen their bond.

As a result of searching newspaper wedding notices from the late Victorian era, it is clear that even before the current Caves House hotel was built in 1897, Jenolan Caves was a popular honeymoon destination.  Research of Jenolan’s honeymoon history has highlighted some wedding traditions that were considered important a century ago, but are not as important today - such as throwing slippers, and the 'Going Away' outfit.

FIND OUT ALL ABOUT IT

The Dame Nellie Melba Mystery
- Did She or Didn't She?

In musical circles, the Cathedral Chamber of Jenolan’s Lucas Cave is renowned for perfect acoustics and has been used for all sorts of concerts and performances over the years. Dame Joan Sutherland sang in the chamber during an unofficial visit to the caves.  And, aside from Dame Joan, it has long been rumoured that one of the greatest opera divas that the world has ever known also sang at Jenolan Caves.  Was it ever more than a rumour?

FIND OUT MORE.
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