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The Jenolan Caves

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published August 5th 2017
See something you would never see in the sunlight
You have seen so much beauty already on your road trip to NSW since you left Queensland by way of the Cunningham highway. You have made your way to Dangar Falls, then theHunter Valley. How about those Blue Mountains, the beauty and ruggedness, the hikes? Now, within an hour of your location of Perry's Lookdown, is another adventure awaiting you.

This makes your heart pump, your fears jump and your sense of adventure takes over. You will never see anything like this in the sunlight.

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And down you go!

Formed over millions of years, crafted by Mother Nature and Father Time is the Jenolan Caves.

This is certainly not for the faint of heart. It is an amazing way to see something completely different and be totally immersed, literally, inside the caves.

With different tour packages priced for family or individuals based on the tour you take, length of the cave and time it takes, there are numerous options, including, if you dare, squeezing, crawling and climbing into small places.

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Odd shapes!

Pick up your tickets at the ticket office for the cave tour of your choice, meeting your guide in the designated area. On this particular trip the choice is the Temple of Baal. It is 365 metres in length, and being claustrophobic you are adventurous but a little wary, so maybe the first time you go in you choose a short cave.

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The Village!

The tour takes 1 1/2 hours. You connect with your guide, Al, a volunteer for 15 years who proves to be quite adept at departing information on the caves as well as assuaging any fears you may have.

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The Angel's Wing!

Al gathers the group, 24 in all, and explains what the inside will be like. Then a large metal door is opened and you head down a passage into an anteroom outside of the cave where you will descend. With the group in front of you Al closes the first door, which has been installed at great cost to keep out the wind, and you notice how amazingly still it is inside. The outer door is closed once again, the inner lights are turned on and down you go.

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[ADVERT]You head into a large chamber, filled with some of the most amazing formations you will ever see. This is where your fear takes a back seat because there is so much to marvel at that you are completely enthralled.

This cave has been forming, changing, and standing here, creating its self one drop at a time over a millennia. It is breath-taking and large enough so that there is ample room for everyone to manoeuvre. You can relax and enjoy, just stay at the back of the pack.

The next chamber is larger, 50 metres at its highest point and you aren't even noticing the passage of time.

Natural phenomenon is present in this cave, some things that just can't be explained even by the experts. The formations of the Angel's wing, the Sword of Gabriel and the forms of the cave itself will leave you absolutely awed by its sheer beauty.

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Things you won't see in the sunlight!

Be warned the mountain road that takes you to the caves is very steep and not for caravans. There are accommodation, a restaurant and outdoor hikes as well.

After this adventure you are ready to head to your next destination - Katoomba.
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Those rock formations are really neat. It is interesting to see how the different shapes are created.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2670 days ago
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