Jenolan Caves & The Caves House

The second half of our Blue Mountains adventure took place in Jenolan Caves. Jenolan is Australia’s best cave system. Hidden deep in a valley near Oberon in New South Wales, it is farther west from Katoomba on the Great Western Highway. Our base camp was the aptly named Jenolan Caves House, an historic lodge that was built adjacent to the caves. The Caves House has been the site of the Six Foot Track Marathon finish line for 25 years. The house was getting a new roof this month, but it was still a beautiful joint.

 The Jenolan Caves House (without scaffolding).

As for the caves. They were astounding. No complaints from us about seeing something so new and exciting. We had a really good guide for our Lucas Cave tour. It lasted an hour and a half, offered some good geology lessons, and provided some fun photo opportunities. We got to refresh ourselves on the difference between stalactites and stalacmites. My last Earth Science class was like 20+ years ago. Fortunately, a German woman gave us a “tip.” She said in Germany, the term is stalactiten, or something like that. So, titen hang down. You get the picture. I won’t forget again.

The Lucas Cave’s stalactites.

According to the guide, this is the most photographed feature (broken column) in the Jenolan Caves.

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