Tour Length : variable
Number of steps : Dependant on tour
Tour Size : usually 20 people
Difficulty : Dependant on tour
General Tips : These tours can be a lot of fun and give probably the best experiences of Jenolan.
A variety of theme tours are conducted through the year. Sometimes they are designed to coincide with a special event such as commerorating the discovery of a particular cave. Other times they coincide with school holidays. Sometimes the tours are also conducted to try out new ideas which may end up a permanent tour.
Some of the tours that get offered through the year are:
Off the Track - There have been many sections of cave passage developed to take tourists but which are now no longer inspected. On these tours guests are kitted out with miners lamps and get a chance to see these sections
Dr Jones and his stones and bones - normally conducted during school holidays, children (and their families) are introduced to very elementary geology as they follow in the footsteps of Dr Jones and try to work out what it was he was trying to tell them about the caves
Extended Orient/Extended Baal - Visitors get to inspect the Orient (or Baal) then continue down into the River Cave and on to the Lucas Cave, traversing virtually the full length of the southern limestone caves
Jenolan Waters - Visitors always enjoy seeing the underground lakes and rivers at Jenolan and this tour attempts to visit several caves where the river is seen as well as where the rivers surface
Re-enactments - A character from Jenolan's past gives you a tour of the caves from their perspective. It may be Jeremiah Wilson, first keeper of the caves, or Reg Richardson, a guide of the 1950's. They are very different from the other tours and well worth doing. Below is a clip from Lt Col Cracknell's tour of the Chifley Cave - first cave to be lit by electric light.