Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

A very good friend of mine is visiting Australia with his family this month. So as part of two weeks Sydney area sightseeing tour we took them to the Jenolan Caves. For me Jenolan Caves are in my own Top 5 list of Sydney attractions. I visited many caves around Australia, but Jenolan Caves are truly amazing.


Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

The Jenolan Caves are remarkable caverns in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia in about 175 kilometres west of Sydney. They are the most celebrated of several similar groups in the limestone of the country being the oldest discovered open caves in the world. They include numerous Silurian marine fossils of great interest and the calcite formations, sometimes pure white, are of extraordinary beauty. The cave network is enormous – over 40 kms of multi-levelled passages – still undergoing active exploration. Several kilometres of the caves have been rendered easily accessible to visitors and are well lit.

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

My two favourite caves are the Lucas Cave and the Temple of Baal. The Lucas Cave was discovered in 1860 and the most popular among visitors. It features a number of large chambers including the Cathedral, over 50 metres high, and the vast Exhibition Chamber which contains the Broken Column formation. The Cathedral is also used for wedding ceremonies and recitals. The Cathedral Chamber, the highest Chamber within the Lucas Cave, is the venue for monthly cello and Gypsy music concerts, as well as other special concerts, including by local band Didgeridoo Dingo. Usually during guided tours the “Albinoni’s Adagio” is played in the Cathedral accompany with short light show.

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Temple of Baal Cave was discovered in 1904. It consists of only two chambers, one of which is dominated by the huge 9-metre shawl formation called the Angel’s Wing. The cave is also famous for a high incidence of the peculiar formations known as Helictites. The name derives from the biblical story of Baal, and the feature names in the cave largely relate to that story. Recent development work has upgraded the lighting and added an audio accompaniment to the cave experience.

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

If you only have time for one tour, visit the Lucas, Imperial or Chifley caves. The Lucas Cave is the longest of the tours while the one-hour Imperial Cave is the easiest. For a popular two-cave combination, visit Lucas Cave followed by the Temple of Baal Cave or the Orient Cave.

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

The Temple of Baal and Orient are best for those taking photos on the grounds that they don’t move very quickly so you have plenty of chances to take great shots. They also have a minimal amount of wire netting to get in the way. Regardless of which tour you go on all will give great chances to take photos. Just remember you can’t take tripods on cave tours. And without tripod you are limited to high-ISO and/or flash photography. Using lenses with Vibration Reduction (VR) or Image Stabilization (IS) feature you will be able to get sharp images in low caves’ light.

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

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  • Brooke, WhyGo Australia - June 26, 2010 - 11:46 pm

    Wow, great photos :) I think the last one is my favorite – love the detail.

  • Pharmacy technician program - July 23, 2010 - 2:31 am

    nice post. thanks.

  • Wedding Video Sydney | Shane White - August 25, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    Some really beautiful shots. It is truly amazing that nature can produce these beautiful structures deep underground. Very nice.

  • Mildred Grace - June 17, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Hello and good day,

    I am looking all over the web for nice places to book for a weekend at the Blue Mountains and am hoping to maybe write a review on them. I’m currently looking at bilpinsprings.com.au and they seem to have some nice offerings. If anyone knows or has had an experience with them It would be really helpful.

    Thanks,
    Mildred Grace

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