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Although due to the pandemic, we are closed temporarily, you can still purchase Jenolan gift vouchers which are valid for three years.  

Generations of Aussies have loved Jenolan so much that they have honeymooned here and brought their families here, year after year. So for the next month or so, this e-news and our Facebook page, will hark back to Jenolan's unusual past. 

Feel free to email your reminescences to us (and old images) of when you, your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents visited our beloved caves.

The above image shows a group of visitors, holding specially designed candle holders, about to go on a cave tour. The exact date is uncertain. The Grand Arch is in the background. The tour guides are Jack Edwards (7th from left) and James Wiburd (10th from left).

Snapshot of the 1950s – A Young Kiwi’s Trans-Global Adventure

After putting out a call for stories in our last issue, we were contacted by reader, Wendy Turton, whose father, Andrew Sullivan, worked at Jenolan for 2 months in the summer of 1950. Jenolan was the first leg of a long, youthful adventure, a two-year working, cycling and hitch-hiking holiday that took him across the globe. Now at 92, we have the chance to share at least some of his story - a snapshot from the 1950s.


It's Been a Long Ride on Fortune's Roller-Coaster for the Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby 

This is a survival story, full of ups and downs.  Jenolan is known for many wonders, including a thriving, wild colony of rare Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies, listed as endangered in NSW.  Once plentiful at Jenolan, they were a delightful attraction in the 1800s.  It's hard to believe now, but unfortunately back then, although the caves were protected, wildlife was not, and hunting became a popular activity at Jenolan. Stuffed trophies of wallaby (and platypus) were so fashionable!


A Symbol of Friends and Adventures

Jenolan's tiny post office symbolised many things. At first, in 1898, it proudly symbolised the marvel of the telephone, the gentile art of letter writing, the modern convenience that brought news to Jenolan, and the only way to keep in touch with loved ones in the outside world. Postcards became an artform. Later it modestly symbolised a bygone era - a time of grace and charm - forever associated with friends and adventures that had come and gone for over 70 years. Then, suddenly, in 1971, Jenolan's old post office was due for demolition, and people took action!


Eggs Benedict - Step by Step

Last issue included a video of how to make basic Hollandaise Sauce.  Now, we show you how to make Eggs Benedict, step by step.  Before the pandemic, going out for breakfast was very popular - and it will be again.  But if you are self-isolating, our Head Chef, Mark Livingstone, shows you how to make this simple dish.
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