Named after a character in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Oberon region is a place for natural discoveries, from magical underground caves to spell-binding gardens, farmland carpeted in snow in winter and mushroom-laden pine forests. Just an hour’s drive beyond the Blue Mountains, Oberon is a tranquil extension to your weekend getaway.
Tucked into a secluded valley 30min drive south of Oberon is Australia’s most spectacular cave system, Jenolan Caves. Tour the labyrinth of stalactite-lined chasms carved by pure underground rivers, before relaxing at the historic Jenolan Caves House. The amazing formations inside the caves make this one of the finest cave systems in the world.
*Please note – after being closed for nearly a year due to bushfires, floods, landslides and COVID, Jenolan Caves has recently reopened five of their show caves. However, the Abercrombie and Wombeyan Caves – located about an hour and a half from Oberon – remain closed.
Celebrate the seasons
Visit the exquisite grounds of Oberon's Mayfield Garden, one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens. Amble over bridges and enjoy the fountains and colonnade of London plane trees. There’s also a cafe serving a paddock-to-plate menu plus local wines, beers and cold beverages.
Celebrate local food and wine in beautiful natural surroundings on mushroom foraging tours with Detour Adventures, hunt for truffles during winter at Mount Lowe Truffiere, and enjoy long lunches and workshops during the Field to Forest Festival in April. Sample more local produce at the monthly Oberon Community and Farmers Market, held on the first Saturday of the month.
Wilderness adventures await beyond Oberon. The historic Oberon Colong Stock 4WD Stock Route takes you through the rugged Kanangra-Boyd wilderness into the historic ghost town of Yerranderie; while south of Oberon, Abercrombie River National Park, dissected by three rivers and numerous creeks, is ideal for hiking, camping and 4WD touring.
Getting there and where to stay
The Oberon region is a three-hour drive from Sydney, via Jenolan Caves Road. You can also catch the train from Central Station to Tarana, then transfer to Oberon by coach. The journey takes around four hours in total.
A visit to Jenolan Caves is not complete without an overnight stay at historic Caves House, a grand Victorian guesthouse with creaking floorboards and several resident ghosts! Mayfield Garden offers seasonal glamping in bell tents fitted out with plush furnishings; or seek out one of the many farmstays in the region.