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CERBERUS CAVE

Duration of Tour : 1.5 hour

Length : 1017m

Steps : 722

Tour Size : 8 people

Click here for a map of the Cerberus Cave

Click here for a panoramic view of the cave (use your mouse to scroll about)

This is the ideal cave for someone who truly loves caves and can appreciate fine decoration, otherwise it may bore the first timer.

Summary

The Cerberus Cave has what must be regarded as one of Jenolan's more beautiful pools, the Pool of Cerberus. The cave is a combination of large chambers and narrow passages. Some of the formations are extremely fine, including the relatively rare examples of aragonite formations. The skeletal remains of a wallaby are seen towards the end of the tour. The cave was discovered in 1903 by James Carvosso Wiburd.

Points of Inspection

River Styx - This cave is entered by passing through the last section of the Lucas Cave. As the Lucas path is left the group passes by the River styx. This name was given to the river by past keeper of the cave, James Carvosso Wiburd. It was inspired by the river of the underground in Greek mythology .

Main Chamber - A low passageway, showing evidence of past floods, leads to the main chamber of the Cerberus Cave. A ladder in the centre of the chamber provides an alternative route back to the Lucas Cave.

Bath of Venus - A small pool of water with a solitary stalagmite to one side is referred to as the Bath of Venus.

Pool of Cerberus - In contrast to the small Bath of Venus is the Pool of Cerberus, a large underground lake illuminated from below water level. This causes an impressive green glow.

Low tunnel - The final section of the tour allows a close up inspection of delicate formations including helictites and aragonite. A wallaby skeleton at the end of the tunnel provides evidence that at one time the end of the cave was open to the Grand Arch.

Cerberus in 3D (you need red/blue glasses to see this)