The Jenolan Caves are a system of limestone caves in the Blue Mountains, about 2.5 hours drive from Sydney. The system was known to the local aborigines for centuries, but the first Europeans did not discover any of the caves until the 1830's. Some 50 years later several of the caves were opened to the public and they became a popular tourist destination.
The discovery of new caves by cavers and rangers has continued almost to the present day, but most people can see the caves only as part of a guided tour.
The caves feature stalactites, stalagmites and an underground river. There are nine caves open for viewing, each with its own beauty and nature. There are combined tours which offer a glimpse of several of the caves for a more complete view of this wonderful natural formation. Adventure tours offer a brief introduction to the exacting sport of caving. Above ground, the caves reserve is a great place for a picnic, with walks to Blue Lake and several rock formations.
Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW.