A Weekend in Jenolan Caves

Caves House

From the moment you drive through the cave, you are hit with a massive wow factor with the Jenolan Caves house surrounded by bush rock face. It’s like someone just hit you in the face with a big fat fish, but a very beautiful one. The accommodation is in a stunning old guest house with friendly staff and a lot of character. If you’re going to venture all the way out to Jenolan, it’s well worth staying in the Caves House.

Once settled in our room, we got straight into it with the Plughole Caving Adventure. We started with a quick safety briefing and got dressed into some sexy blue suits. We were in a group of 4 with 2 guides and they were super friendly and made us confident that we weren’t going to get stuck while venturing through the caves.

Abseiling down to the cave entrance

It all begins with an abseil down to get to the caves – I was last to make the climb (or anti-climb, I guess you could call it) and had a few nerves but my willingness to look brave overcame it all. I launched myself down the rocks faster than I should’ve, but of course the guide was keeping me under control. He’s a little guy about 70 years old but he’s as a fit as a fiddle, and cracks many few jokes too.

The caving starts out fairly simple but you feel like you’re exploring a new world you didn’t know existed. You get dirty pretty quickly and make some tight squeezes you wouldn’t have though were possible before you do this caving adventure. I trusted the guides that I would fit, and I lived to write this blog.

In the cave - posing like a good ol' smiling RedBallooner

My favourite part was the :letterbox drop” where you kneel down on one rock and then they tell you to slide down the gap behind you. At first I thought they were joking and didn’t believe there even was a gap…sure enough I was through to the next opening pretty quickly.

The most freaked out I got on the caving adventure was the “S-Bend”. You literally snake around a full S bend and it seems to go on forever, but boy do you feel proud when you come out the other end.

The plughole adventure definitely gave me a taste for caving and plan on heading back for the longer adventures – but for my first time, this adventure was the perfect length.

Hello there spikey thing in the cave Looks like an ice cream, but I didn't lick it. I swear.Then getting back to the Caves House for a shower to wipe away the layer of dirt I was covered in was quite a nice place to wind down. From the bar we ordered a takeaway cheese platter from the bar and took a bottle of wine down to the lake. The lake is a stunning blue (apparently from all the limestone) and we saw a platypus swimming around for about an hour. Wasn’t it lovely? Yes it was.

At night there was a ghost and mystery tour running where a guide who has worked in the caves for over 30 years shared with us many of his personal experiences with the paranormal while taking us through the caves in the dark (usually the show caves are well lit).

Breakfast the next morning was an awesome buffet complete with a pancake making machine. The best part was when we started chatting to the staff about their own ghost stories. I don’t believe in ghosts, but there stories made me want to. Make sure you speak to the staff as much as possible.

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3 Comments

  1. Murray
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Looks like you didn’t inherit my claustrophobia Joel! As for believing in ghosts…….

  2. Posted March 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi, i’m planning to visit Jenolan caves. I’m a little clueless on where to stay. Is there other accommodation nearby besides Jenolan cave house? As for the cave house, is it within walking distance to the caves?
    How do you get around? By the way, i’m not driving.
    Thanks.
    Lyn
    sunseaplaces.blogspot.com

  3. lauren
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Hi Lyn. If you give our customer experience team a call on 1300 875 500 or send them a message from http://www.redballoon.com.au/contact, they’ll be able to help out with your questions.

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