Jenolan Caves

Imperial Cave
Imperial Cave
Orient Cave
Orient Cave

The Jenolan Caves are in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. They are regarded as Australia's most outstanding caves and are amongst the best in the world. Also the cave system has been dated to 340 million years, making them the oldest known caves on Earth.

Jenolan's main attractions are the ten spectacular caves that are open to the public, filled with astonishing limestone formations. The caves are open all year. They are very popular, receiving 250,000 visitors per year. In 2008 and 2009, Jenolan Caves won awards for their array of tours, activities and facilities. Visitors can spend a couple of hours and see only 1 cave or stay for a week and have a thorough escape at Jenolan Caves. During school holidays and on long weekends you may find Jenolan Caves crowded (and may have to park in the upper car park), but there will be many more cave tours as well, to cater for all the visitors.

Get in

By car

By car it will take you about 3 hours from Canberra and 2 hours and 40 minutes from Sydney. If you are arriving from the direction of Sydney, Katoomba and Lithgow, the last section of the road into the Jenolan Valley is very windy and narrow. Therefore, it is one way into Jenolan, 11:45AM-1:15PM everyday, to allow coaches to enter safely on the narrow road. Visitors can still leave Jenolan during these times - via the Oberon Road.

Campervans are fine, but the road is unsuitable for caravans and trailers. There are caravan parks in Lithgow and Oberon, where you can leave your trailer.

Normally there is plenty of free parking. However, on long weekends, such as Easter, allow extra travel time and book ahead. Please do not take pets into the Jenolan Reserve, as it is a National Park.

By bus

Trolley tours in Katoomba run a single coach from Katoomba to Jenolan. Departs Katoomba daily at 9.45am, that gives you plenty of time to get the train up from Sydney if you like. It arrives at Jenolan in time to do an 11:30 cave tour, and you can also do one other tour in the afternoon before returning to Katoomba by 5.00pm. Trains run late back to Sydney, so again, you have the opportunity to return to Sydney the same day. The bus isn't part of the Sydney transportation system, so costs $53 return.

By tour

Tours run from Sydney by several operators, including Greyhound.


A curious local swamp wallaby



These facilities are not just for Caves House guests - all are welcome. Also, all visitors to Jenolan Caves are welcome to wander through the charming foyer and guest lounge (formerly the ballroom) of Caves House.


For all fully serviced rooms, you can choose a dinner, bed and breakfast package, which reduces the cost of your overall stay. A wide range of packages is available. Also, all guests get a 20% discount on their first 'show' cave tour.

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