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Snow on the Hills Surrounding Jenolan Caves

Edith Road on the way to Jenolan today
Snow has fallen today and is forecast to continue over the weekend, in the hills surrounding Jenolan Caves.  

If travelling to Jenolan, be sure to allow more time and first check Live Traffic NSW, for any road closures.  

Father's Day - Dads Love Adventure!

Father's Day (Sunday 1 Sept) is coming up fast.  Socks and undies are always useful, but wouldn't your Dad really love a genuine adventure?  Use offer code FATHER to get a 20% discount when you purchase a ticket (or gift voucher) for the challenging Plughole Adventure Experience.  This offer is only available until Father's Day.


Bonus - on Father's Day only, we are giving a 10% discount off all whiskeys from Jeremiah's Bar and Chisolm's Restaurant, upstairs in Caves House. 

For Locals - 50% Off Cave Tours & (New) 10% Off Whiskeys

If you live in Oberon (2787), Lithgow (2790) or Bathurst (2795), you can save:
  • 50% on all our show cave tours, purchased over the counter, plus
  • 10% on all whiskeys purchased in Chisolm's Restaurant or Jeremiah's Bar, both upstairs in historic Caves House.
NEW - Early-Bat Special - Promo Code - NOVERLY - Book Now for November.
For a very limited time, if you book ahead to visit in the month of November, you can save 20% on LucasChifleyImperialTemple of Baal, Imperial-Diamond and Orient cave tours, plus the Plughole Adventure experience.  

But to get this special, you must book ONLINE, using this offer code: NOVERLY.

November is a 'Goldilocks' month, not too hot, not too cold, but just right!  It is a lovely, quiet, peaceful time at Jenolan, and a perfect time to visit.  We want to book out all our cave tours well ahead of time this November, so please take advantage of this offer code.

Book Now for School Holiday Fun

During school holidays, Sept 28 to Oct 13, we run considerably more tours each day, as we don't want anyone to miss out.  But you should still book ahead, just to make sure you are able to go on the cave tours that you want.

This school holidays, we will run our Stones & Bones tour every day, for kids, age 7 to 12. We only run them once daily, so you would be wise to book.

See the Caves Express on the Way to Jenolan.

Although usually only open to the public twice a month, the Heritage Museum at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot packs a lot into a “small” package! On selected Sundays, take a 20 minute ride in:

  • an 1890 open-ended "cowboy" carriage, hauled by Tank Engine No 2 OR
  • the ever popular Sydney Steam Tram, both dating from the 1890s.
    (These may be subject to variation for operational reasons.)

Take in the two operating model rooms, and explore the range of locomotives, carriages and wagons from past eras. The rich story of the settlement and development of western NSW is revealed, as you appreciate the contribution made by the railway. Of particular note is the wonderfully restored First Class carriage from the ‘Caves Express’ that sped excited travellers in the 1930s to and from Mount Victoria, en route to Jenolan, for an adventurous ‘package holiday’ that could include train and bus travel, accommodation at Caves House plus cave tours. Relax in the superb leather seats and soak up the ambience of pre-war luxury travel.

Children can take the 'Kid's Quiz' and check their answers on the website, then print out a personalised certificate! There’s also easy-to-read signage that helps explain key exhibits to the young ones.

A World War I Honour Board commemorates local railwaymen who enlisted for the armed services, and book extracts tell the stories behind these young men's lives.
Then enjoy some railway-style tucker and barista coffee in the air-conditioned café before browsing the gift shop.

Entry fees include Museum admission and rides.

Hot Roast Buffet Lunch on Weekends
Our downstairs Caves Cafe is perfect for a grab-and-go lunch.  But what if you want to experience something more special? On weekends and on public holidays, go upstairs in Caves House, to historic Chisolm's Restaurant, and have a delicious hot buffet lunch

It is all you can eat for $28 per adult and $14 per child up to age 12.  Great value!  And because the buffet is all ready when you arrive, there is no waiting time - handy if your cave tour is right after lunch.

Bookings are not really necessary, but if you like to be organised, you can book now and pay online

$10.4 Million Turning Dreams to 5-Star Reality!

August is Platypus Month

Platypuses can be seen daily at Jenolan's Blue Lake during dusk or dawn, sharing the lake with a host of other wonderful creatures. The crystal-clear water of the Blue Lake makes for some fantastic viewing!

The soft bill of the Platypus has special sensory receptors in the skin, including very special electroreceptors to help it find its food at the bottom of the lake.

Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts Tour

Scared of the dark? If so, this tour is not for you!

Our 'Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts' tour runs every second Saturday night, but is soon to run every Saturday. 

It's a great evening experience, as long as you are an adult (or at least 10 years old).

Take a friend on this tour - to cling to - because you will hear stories of happenings that we have never been able to explain. Be prepared to be unnerved.

We don't have a ghost cave. However, strange sounds, sights and experiences have been reported from all our show caves over the years.  So, this tour has no set route. 

You don't need to plan your other cave tours around this one, as it will be a completely different experience - dark throughout.  


Bargains and Free Stuff

There must be very few hotels in the Blue Mountains that offer full breakfast for $20 per adult and only $14 per child up to age 12.  But Chisolm's Restaurant, upstairs in Caves House, does.  Atmospheric Chisolm's is open every day for buffet breakfast, from 7:30 to 9:30am. 

And if it is a quiet morning, just tell us what you want and our chef will cook it for you, for the same price!

Most people can only travel on weekends.  But if you are free to travel mid-week, you will find our guestrooms cost less than you think.  For example, a charming Classic room in heritage-listed Caves House, is only $148 per night, Sunday to Thursday. If you booked the same room on a weekend, it would be quite a bit more. 

Tip: If you love historic ambiance, you should book to stay in Caves House now, to enjoy the vintage atmosphere for which we are known - pre-renovation.  

Active Mature Adults:
Do you have a NSW Seniors Card?  If so, we can give you: Plus, as always, we offer Australian Age Pensioner rates for 6 of our cave tours - the Lucas, Chifley, Imperial, Imperial-Diamond, Orient and Temple of Baal caves.

We continue to offer family rates for 5 of our cave tours - Lucas, Chifley, Imperial, Imperial-Diamond Orient caves.

It’s free to roam through the massive Grand Arch, Devils Coach House cave and Nettle Cave.  To better enjoy these ‘twilight’ caves, download the free Jenolan App.  It’s free to enjoy all the bushwalks.  Jenolan sits in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, teeming with native wildlife.  So you may glimpse lyrebirds, platypus and rare Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies. Parking is free, and each car park has picnic tables with free gas barbecues. 

Mark Your Calendar - Outdoor Week - November 2-10

Oberon's Outdoor Week celebrates everything that makes the outdoors in our region so special. It is a must for anyone who loves the outdoors or those looking for some family fun. Outdoor week will feature:
  • Oberon Redfin Roundup, a family-friendly two-day fishing tournament, 
  • Oberon Heritage and Homesteads Tour of the historic homesteads that have played a strong role in the history of the region,
  • Fossicking Open Days, where you receive fossicking equipment, maps and tips for finding sapphires, zircons, gold and the occasional diamond across the region
  • Oberon Rat Race, a Family Funduro that includes cross country running and mountain biking along the beautiful shores of Lake Oberon. 
Jenolan will also be participating in Outdoor Week, offering packages involving accommodation, cave tours, Devonshire Teas and barbecue lunches. Please keep an eye out for more information in the near future.

1900 - Caves and Coal - Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

At Jenolan, Australia’s largest publicly accessible cave system, there are literally hundreds of chambers and passages, some named for their appearance, and some named after people. Deep within its farthest reaches, there is a chamber called, ‘Cook’s Cavern’.  Who was Cook? Not a cave explorer as you might expect. 

Modern visitors are shocked to learn that, in spite of the environmentally sensitive nature of the Caves, they were once managed by the NSW Department of Mines. In 1900, the Minister for Mines and Agriculture, responsible for the administration of Jenolan Caves, was Lithgow’s Member of Parliament, Joseph Cook, who went on to become Prime Minister of Australia in 1913. It is for this hard working coal miner, turned Lithgow politician that Cook’s Cavern was named.  

His story is fascinating.  He was one of the founding members of the Australian Labor Party, but after switching parties, became a member of Australia's first Federal Parliament.  Read on.

Musical Events Not To Be Missed!

Celtic Heart

When: Tomorrow night (Saturday, August 10), in Chisolm's Restaurant (upstairs in Caves House).

Martyn Cook and Rebecca Daniel, will perform beautiful Celtic melodies, from 6:30 to 9pm.  Dinner price only (no additional cost).  Dinner bookings are essential.

Get ready for timeless Celtic music as well as some classical and contemporary favourites brought to you by Martyn Cook (Celtic harp) and Rebecca Daniel (violin). This duo has been astounding audiences wherever they play from the Blue Mountains to Bathurst. Both Martyn and Rebecca have a deep love for the Celtic repertoire and play with intuitive grace and sensitivity.

Rebecca studied with the Royal Academy of Music in London and has played for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This will be a special Saturday Night not to be missed!

More details HERE

The Rhythm Hunters

When: Saturday, November 23, in the spectacular Grand Arch at Jenolan.

Rhythm Hunters are back in their biggest show of the past years, with the return of Rhythm Underground. With a brand new album ready to be released – this is the biggest and best album launch party imaginable. Looking forward to making this the biggest and best Rhythm Underground ever!

Rhythm Hunters have held 7 concerts in the Grand Arch, and the event has seen 4000+ people to witness Frenetic Shamanic Dance, Japanese Shakuhachi Flute Master Riley Lee, thunderous Japanese drums, traditional music from Indonesia, electronic beats, drum and didge with Wild Marmalade and of course the enigmatic percussion master Nicky Bomba.

It's like an organic dance party in the largest underground caves systems in the world.

More details HERE
The Very Best Things to See and Do Near Jenolan Caves

Mayfield Garden

Visit Australia’s largest privately-owned, cool climate garden, inspired by the best gardens in Europe.

Beautiful in every season, 16-hectares of Mayfield Garden are open 363 days. The many pathways are designed to be explored, with many nooks-and-crannies to discover, and the mobility-friendly Camellia Walk.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or a snack in Mayfield Café, with a seasonal menu, where much of the produce is grown on-site in the kitchen garden.

Book your special events, private party, corporate function, or wedding. Treat yourself to an exclusive, private tour for a behind-the-scenes look at areas of the garden never otherwise open to the public.

More details HERE

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


Jenolan Caves Express 

Some people can still remember when it was possible to catch the Caves Express train from Sydney to Mount Victoria.  Now, you can see this fully restored carriage from the actual Caves Express, at the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. 

The Caves Express has an interesting history, which you can read here.    

If you are driving to Jenolan from Sydney on a Sunday, stop in at the Museum at Valley Heights.  Opening dates and times are quite limited, so make sure you look at this list of open days first. 

The museum has 9 restored locomotives on display plus 6 passenger carriages, 7 freight wagons and lots more.  You must see to believe.

More details HERE.

Town of Oberon

The closest town to Jenolan is Oberon, only 30 minutes drive. For travellers, it offers cafes, restaurants, clubs, pubs, shops and motels.

There is an informative and helpful Visitor Information Centre.  There is mushroom foraging in the pine forests, truffle hunting, fishing, wineries, horse riding and gem fossicking

At 1,113m, Oberon is the highest town in the Blue Mountains.  The town and surrounding area is popular for its cool summers, snowy winters and its four distinct seasons.

There are several villages in the region around Oberon, each with its own distinctive features - Black Springs, Burraga, O’Connell, Rockley, Tarana, Hampton and Hartley.

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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