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Three Great New Deals

Starting on the Queen's Birthday weekend, we reopened our hotel, Chisolm’s Restaurant and Caves Café, and we are implementing a range of measures to ensure the highest standards of hygiene.

Our cave tours have not yet reopened.  But if you book an overnight stay in June or July, you can purchase a show cave tour voucher for a future visit, for HALF price.  We're calling this our 'Caves Handshake' deal.

Also, we're currently offering 2 other NEW limited offers - our 'More the Merrier' package (June only) and our all inclusive 'No Tab No Wallet' package.   

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. Lyre birds, platypus and wallabies are often seen in the wild at Jenolan, in the early morning or at dusk.

To get the most out of our bushwalks, before you come to Jenolan, download our Jenolan App. On your smart device, in the App Store or Google Play Store, search for Jenolan Caves.  Download the app, open it, and then ALSO download each of the 3 bushwalks individually.  For each walk, there is a map with images, text and audio files. (See more instructions.)

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

Friendly Phantom Still Keeps an Eye on Things

At a London dock, on April 10 1913, Barbara Mary Chisolm boarded the Marathon, a ship of the Aberdeen Line. She was embarking on an adventure, to seek a life in faraway Australia, a world away from her hometown of Inverness.  A tall, thin girl, Barbara was only 23 and single.

Trained as a ‘domestic’, Barbara immediately found work as a waitress. She waitressed at several places in Victoria, including the Saracen’s Hotel, Bourke Street, Melbourne and the McKenzies’s Hotel, Woodend, near Bendigo. In 1930, at age 40, she obtained a waitressing position at Jenolan Caves House.


A Powerful Drive to Explore the Unknown

For thousands of years, local indigenous Gundungurra people knew about the massive caves in the place now called Jenolan. But the caves were hidden deep in a mountain valley, so rugged and remote, as to be almost inaccessible. The only reason graziers stumbled upon them in 1836, was because they had mounted a search for a cattle thief’s hideout, and had spotted smoke from his cooking fire.

Driven by a powerful need to explore the unknown, the curious started coming to Jenolan Caves soon after, but the caves were extremely difficult to get to, as, of course, there was no road. In 1879, The Australian Town & Country Journal said, “Visitors had to descend 1,800 feet into the gorge...


Peach Melba - Elegant & Easy

Dame Nellie Melba was an international Aussie superstar, who was at the peak of her career around 1900. We are honoured to be able to say that she even visited Jenolan Caves in 1912. 

In 1892, Melba was performing in Wagner's opera, Lohengrin, at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans, with whom Melba was rumoured to be having an affair, gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Auguste Escoffier, legendary chef at London’s Savoy Hotel, created a new dessert. It became a classic that we know as Peach Melba.
In his video series, 'Make it with Mark', our Head Chef, Mark Livingstone, demonstrates Peach Melba. For your next dinner party, impress your friends with this very simple, yet elegant dessert: 

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