Schools & Students
This is for many people the main reason for visiting Jenolan (at least for the first time). Here is a brief guide to the tours. You can click on the links to get more information on each tour. Each tour carries a star rating. The more stars the harder it is. One star equates to not much more than a walk down the street. Three stars means a lot of steps and four is reasonable exertion. Keep in mind though that most people of average fitness can do any tour. If in doubt, ask one of the guides for help in assessing your suitability
Self Guided Tour
This is the most recently added tour. It includes the Devils Coachhouse, the largest chamber at Jenolan. The main part of the tour inspects the Nettle Cave. Visitors inspect this cave without a guide, instead carrying with them a pre-recorded commentary. Inspections are all day and start whenever you are ready
This cave boasts the highest and widest chambers of all the caves at Jenolan. Visitors inspect the Cathedral chamber, the scene of many weddings as well as concerts. Elsewhere they get to see one of Jenolan's underground rivers which in this section is called the River Styx.
Imperial / Diamond Caves
This is the best tour for children under the age of 10 plus those who may difficulty negotiating the steps in the other caves. Don't let ease of viewing imply it isn't as good as the rest. There are lots of spectacular decorations throughout along with one of the best viewings of an underground river. On the Diamond tour visitors inspect all of the Imperial plus get to go into the Diamond branch where the crystal is quite spectacular
History lives in the Chifley Cave. It is believed to be the first cave anywhere in the world to be lit by electric light, back in 1881. Visitors get to see an example of one of the old light bulbs still in use along with a variety of coloured lights. A broad variety of decoration is inspected and at one hour long it is just the right length to keep the attention of young children.
Many guides will tell you this is the most beautiful cave at Jenolan and some even boast the world. Beauty though is in the eye of the beholder so it is important to check out the Orient to see if you consider it lives up to its reputation. Minimal steps through the first half of the cave means this is quite easy to do.
Temple of Baal Cave
Relit in 2006 with a computer controlled energy efficient lighting system, the Baal brings together incredible beauty highlighted by a beautful light and sound show. This is a wonderful cave for those on a romantic weekend as the best way to see it is to join the tour to just look, admire and soak up the wonders nature has created
Many people regard this as the must-see tour. The lure of the underground river gets most people in but once in the cave they are amazed at the variety of decoration. It is an incredible journey through the mountain. Be aware that a number of ladders must be climbed through the tour
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On this tour you will feel more like a group of friends going for a walk than a tour as groups are kept to just 8 people. The highlight for most people is the Pool of Cerberus - part of the River Styx which fills an entire chamber which the group skirts around. Groups tend to move slowly and most steps are at the start so exploration tends to be easy
A guidebook issued in the early 1900's stated that to name but one formation in the Jubilee was akin to naming but one star in the Milky Way. Thats how it is in the Jubilee. They aren't massive decorations - just masses of decoration. Its off the end of this cave that new discoveries are frequently made so ask your guide to point out where the latest finds are.
To reach the Ribbon you must firstly journey through the Orient. Where the Orient turns around though the Ribbon group keeps going. They get to inspect incredibly fine decoration up close in a group of no more than 8 people. Many regard this as the cave connoisseur's cave.
If you work at Jenolan for any length of time you are bound to have your share of weird experiences. On this tour you'll get to hear about some of them. What makes this tour different from other ghost tours though is that you won't be hearing about horrible deaths and tortured lives. In fact some of these ghosts you may want to invite home with you
A variety of special themed tours are run throughout the year, usually coinciding with school vacations. They may inspect several caves in one go or take mining lamps to inspect sections normally not shown to the public
All of the other tours are actually part of one big cave but at Jenolan there are over 400 caves. On the adventure tours you don overalls, helmet and light and go off to see some of these. Tours range from half to full-day and can test even the most gung-ho of visitors.