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Published September 29th 2010
See Mother Nature in all her magnificent glory at the world-famous Jenolan Caves, 75 minutes from Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. This is without doubt Australia's most outstanding cave system, one of the oldest in the world in fact – and an experience you will never forget.
If you've been, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If you haven't, check out these images, then multiply the Wow factor by at least a hundred, and you're not even close to the incredible awe these incredible caves inspire.
There are 11 spectacular show caves featuring some pretty amazing formations to explore, along with pure underground rivers. Tours range from self-guided to guided and tame to highly adventurous. They include a range of themes, including the hair-raising, spine-tingling ghost tour.
Given the caves are in a huge nature reserve that forms part of the Blue Mountains Heritage area, you can also enjoy some stunning bushwalks ranging from short strolls to strenuous treks - while spotting plenty of native animals and birds along the way.
After all that energy and excitement, you might like to chill out with some very fine food and wine at Chisholm's Restaurant.
Tour prices vary from a Standard Cave Tour at $28 for adults to $200 for a Central River Adventure Cave Tour for the serious challenge seekers. (Claustrophobics need not apply.)
A short visit isn't really recommended. If you've made the effort to get there, and while a full day is worth it, it's best to stay at least a night or two to experience as much as possible. Accommodation options cover all styles and cater to all budgets, starting at $79 per night off-peak.
Check out further tour and accommodation pricing details here.