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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Field to Forest Oberon

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Tuesday 30 April 2019 , Oberon

    During April 2019 ‘Field to Forest’ is a month-long array of activities in and around the Oberon region that explores the delicacies and rare finds that one can forage for across the region. The activities include specialised forage tours…

    27 Apr - 30 Apr
  2. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Oberon

    During the 16 days of 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…

    27 Apr - 28 Apr
  3. Oberon Wine and Beer Trail Open Day

    Saturday 27 April 2019 , Oberon

    As part of the Field to Forest Festival, they open the doors to the boutique vineyards and brewers across the region for two days in April. This select group of artisans have a true passion for their craft and welcome you to taste some of…

    27 Apr
  4. Oberon Community and Farmers Market

    Saturday 04 May 2019 to Saturday 01 February 2020 , 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…

    04 May - 01 Feb
  5. 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