Jenolan Caves

A three-hour drive from either Sydney or Canberra, Jenolan Caves is one of the highlights of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, a spectacular labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone chasms carved by underground rivers. Nine of the 300 caves are open for public viewing, at a constant 15 degrees, even when it’s snowing outside.

There are many tours to choose from. The Lucas Cave is one of the most famous. It features the spectacular the limestone formation of the Broken Column as well as the Cathedral, a 54 metre high chamber often used for concerts and performances.

Exploring the Jenolan Caves - Oberon Area

Named after a story from the bible, the Temple of Baal Cave is also renowned for its spectacular features. Entry is via the Binoomea Cut, a man-made tunnel, followed by a walk down the Dragon’s Throat via a dramatic winding staircase. There are two massive chambers, one 42 metres high, filled with amazing formations including the nine metre Angel's Wing, one of the world’s largest of its kind.

The Off the Track tour explores dark passageways and tunnels that are not part of the regular tour circuit within the caves. Equipped with a headlamp and helmet, visitors will wind through narrow rock walls to discover secret chasms and incredible stalactites and stalagmites that few ever get to see.

natural water in the Jenolan Caves

Legends, Mysteries and Ghosts is an after-dark tour. With just a lamp to light your way you’ll descend into the pitch-dark caves and hear a few tales along the way. Historical fact is woven with strange stories about unexplained phenomena, sometimes based on your guide’s personal experience. 

Grand, historic and full of character, the nearby Jenolan Caves House is a century-old hotel and one of the icons of the Blue Mountains, built in the spacious, gracious Federation style. Décor throughout is opulent and refined, reminiscent of the early Edwardian era. Book one of the cosy hotel rooms or a self-contained cottage, ideal for a family getaway.

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  1. Oberon Community and Farmers Market

    Saturday 05 January 2019 to Saturday 02 February 2019 , Oberon

    Sample a smorgasbord of local produce at The Oberon Community and Farmers Market. Each month the lovely quaint grounds at St Barnabas Church become a flurry of activity complete with some truly delightful smells which lure passers by to…

    05 Jan - 02 Feb
  2. Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Oberon

    If it's heritage, then the Oberon Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair has it. The fair is held in Oberon, with event set up, and the tractor trek, and car and truck road runs (entrants only), on Friday. Saturday has a street parade at…

  3. Oberon Show

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Oberon

    Oberon's annual Agricultural Show returns. Enjoy plenty of action and activity at the Oberon Show. A colourful showcase of country life with plenty of action and activity including dog championships, equestrian events, ute competition,…

  4. Gateway 2 Garden

    Sunday 24 March 2019 , Oberon

    The Gateway to Garden run returns for the second year and everyone is ready to run. Mayfield and D2F teamed up again to host the G2G, which allows runners to challenge themselves through Mayfield’s elevated terrain while exploring the…

    24 Mar
  5. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Saturday 13 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Oberon

    During the 16 day Autumn Festival the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court,…

    13 Apr - 28 Apr
  6. Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

    Monday 08 July 2019 to Friday 19 July 2019 , Oberon

    There's so much to do at Mayfield this Winter School Holiday! Every day of the July School Holidays, from 9am to 4.30pm, they have lots of fun and action for the whole family. First ever curling event: It’s the Olympic Sport meets Lawn…

    08 Jul - 19 Jul