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Bones and Stones Tour - Jenolan Caves

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by Cassandra (subscribe)
Freelance journalist writing about nature, different people & places - currently rediscovering travel through my children's eyes.
Published June 30th 2016
Kids explore fossils and bones - outside their comfort zone
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Children on Jenolan Caves tour, photo courtesy of Jenolan Caves

Imagine taking part in your own geological discovery tour, deep inside what are probably Australia's most famous caves - Jenolan Caves in NSW.

That's what is on offer for your kids during NSW school holidays on the Bones and Stones tour. They can search for fossils and bones, decked out in a special helmet - visiting parts of the cave not normally seen by tourists.

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Children on Jenolan Caves tour, photo courtesy of Jenolan Caves

If your kids like to explore outside their comfort zone, this is the tour for them. It is strictly no parents (unless your child needs special care for a disability or condition) and is designed for children aged from 7 to 11.

Weaving in amongst the stalactites and stalagmites (does anyone remember from their school geography lessons which is which?), they'll discover limestone rock formations and richly-decorated chambers.

Experienced and nationally-accredited guides take the children on this 1.5 hour tour which allows them to get off the beaten track to experience the more mysterious places which form the wonder of the Jenolan Caves.

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River Cave, photo courtesy of Jenolan Caves

The World Heritage listed, Karst Conservation Reserve, Jenolan Caves, is an underground world that is truly out of this world. The caves were known to the local Gundungurra Aboriginal people for many thousands of years as Binoomea, "Dark places". Later, around 1884, they named them 'Jenolan' or high mountain.

The first European record of the caves was around 1838 by local pastoralist, James Whalan, but according to legend, an ex-convict, James McKeown, who was possibly an outlaw, stumbled across them earlier while using the caves as a hideout.

Jenolan Caves emerged as a tourist destination in the 1880s but despite coming under government control, they were not well-protected, with visitors free to break off souvenirs to take home with them. It's now illegal to damage this fragile and precious environment.

Children have the chance to explore the past and present on the Bones and Stones tour. They are advised to wear shoes with a sturdy sole. Torches are supplied but children are also welcome to bring their own.

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Broken column, photo courtesy of Jenolan Caves

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Why? Because it's a fun, different, learning activity
When: 2pm daily, NSW School Holidays
Phone: 1300 76 33 11
Where: Jenolan Caves, NSW
Cost: $24 per child
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A great program in a great location. My husband and I are yet to visit Jenolan Caves althoug we have been to others I have heard these are the best. My grandparents took a trip to the Jenolan Caves for their honeymoon aroun 1925.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 1572 days ago
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