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“Gobsmackingly good”
Review of Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Open every day, Jenolan Caves are the largest, most spectacular and most famous caves in Australia. Explore the world's oldest caves - one of the most outstanding cave systems in the world. You are never too young or old to experience the amazing - award-winning tours, adventure caving, scenic bush walks and Australian Aboriginal culture. Glimpse Australian birds and animals in the wild, including kangaroos and platypus. Relax in our magnificent Chisolm's Restaurant, cafe or bar. We even offer accommodation - hotel, motel, cottage or backpacker lodge. Set in Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness, Jenolan Caves are a national treasure, of awe-inspiring beauty and scale.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This is the largest cave system open to the public in the world! Amazingly well organised, there are 8 or so walk through cave tours and a couple of adventure caves that you abseil into. Plan your visit, look up the cave tour times before you go and make your selections. Each tour takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Be warned there are lots of steps! Cave tours are pricey 40-50AUD but you do get value for money. Our guide (Scott) of our two tours was very good, really knowledgeable and also very funny, good at getting kids engaged. The drive there is an adventure in itself. The last 8km are hairpins and a one way system operates. Plan a whole day there, there are couple of good surface walks as well. The café was closed for renovation on our visit, but pretty good and reasonably priced bar snacks were available in the hotel.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Very picturesque. Must visit.
But poor amenities ...portable toilets, smelly, in poor condition , no bins in toilets .
No decent restaurant despite such a popular tourist spot.
The breakfast in bistro was stale with limited options n poor coffee .
It could be such a great place ...but other than the caves themselves everything else is not up to the mark compared to other countries

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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I recently visited Jenolan Caves with our 6yr old grandson and had a ball. We did the Imperial Diamond cave tour that took approx. 1.5hrs. Our tour guide Ted was very informative and funny.
The caves are very well set up to provide the best show for visitors without disturbing the amazing formations mother nature has created.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

There are several caves to visit at Jenolan for visitors of various levels of ability. We took the easiest option, the Imperial, mostly a level walk, there is an option to take a number of steps, both up and down, to visit the river, well worth it. Our guide was helpful and knew her subject and ensured that everyone kept up to see the maximum in the time possible.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

During the past few years , we must have visited at least a dozen limestone caves , and since they all share a similar genesis , at first sight , they may all appear fairly similar .

However , from our experience in visiting the Imperial Caves , and Lucas Caves with a five year old on consecutive days , we feel that the Jenolan Caves are better than most .

There are plenty of the usual stalagmites , stalactites , columns , ,fans and underground rivers to admire , but he guiding is more scientific than many we have experienced , and thankfully they don’t over do giving the various formations fanciful names ( “the elephants head “ , “St Paul’s Cathedral “ etc ) , and then challenge you to find them .

And if you have younger kids with you , do drop into the Jenolan Caves Cottages approx 10km before you get to the Caves , they have some of the friendliest kangaroos , many with Joeys , we have come across anywhere .

Thank David J
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