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5 unforgettable cave tours

Jenolan Caves, Blue MountainsCREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore the remarkable Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains.

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5 unforgettable
cave tours

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore the remarkable Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains.

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Get an Aboriginal perspective at Jenolan Caves 

Every visitor to NSW should see the Blue Mountains, and every visitor to the Blue Mountains should see the stunning Jenolan Caves. Near the pretty town of Oberon, about three hours’ drive from Sydney, the exquisite Jenolan system offers numerous ways to explore its caves, including day, night and app-guided Aboriginal Culture tours.  

You can explore the Temple of Baal Cave and its incredible 9m-high Angel’s Wing cave shawl; the humbling Cathedral Chamber in Lucas Cave; the dainty spar crystals in Chifley Cave, and the ancient underground river in Imperial Cave — ideal for the less mobile. Enrich your tour with lunch or dinner or high tea in the grand dining room at Chisolm’s Restaurant. You can even make a night of it by sleeping over at Caves House. 

Explore Wombeyan Caves 

Take a self-guided tour of the sublime, beautifully lit Fig Tree Cave at the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve in the Southern Highlands, a three-hour drive southwest of Sydney. Other tours include guided adventures through Wollondilly Cave and Junction Cave, both replete with impressive formations and imposing columns.  

Back on the surface, the Wombeyan Waterfall Walking Track has lyrebirds and wallabies, panoramic lookouts and a limestone-gorge swimming hole. Stay nearby at Wombeyan Caves Cabins or Wombeyan Caves Campground and explore the region, including historic Taralga, known for its local produce, expertly prepared at The Argyle Inn. 

Soak in a thermal pool at Yarrangobilly Caves 

In northern Kosciuszko National ParkYarrangobilly Caves is about seven hours’ drive southwest from Sydney, and worth every kilometre. South Glory, the largest of six exhilarating caves, has self-guided tours of its cavernous chambers, while Jillabenan Cave, the smallest, is the most accessible (including by wheelchair) and is filled with fine, colourful formations.  

Above ground, it takes about an hour to complete the loop of the Yarrangobilly River Walk — or longer, depending on how much time you spend in the thermal pool. There is plenty to do in the national park (including bushwalking in summer and skiing in winter), and the remote, heritage Yarrangobilly Caves House makes a great base. 

Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains CREDIT: Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains

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Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains CREDIT: Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains

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Yarrangobilly River Walk, Kosciuszko National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Go for a dip in the natural thermal springs in the Yarrongobilly area, Kosciuszko National Park.

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Yarrangobilly River Walk, Kosciuszko National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Go for a dip in the natural thermal springs in the Yarrongobilly area, Kosciuszko National Park.

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Meet megafauna at Wellington Caves 

Five hours by road from Sydney, or 70 minutes in the air to nearby Dubbo in central NSW, Wellington Caves has daily guided tours of its two show caves, the Cathedral and Gaden caves, featuring 15m-tall crystal formations and complex cave corals. The guided Fossil and Phosphate Tour explores a 100-year-old mine and the fossils and bones of megafauna that roamed the area two million years ago. You can stay at Wellington Caves Holiday Complex, and Wellington Golf Club is just a five iron away. 

Cross a suspension bridge at Abercrombie Caves 

An area painted by grevilleas and wattles, the Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve is in the Bathurst area of country NSW, about four hours’ drive west of Sydney. Take a self-guided tour of Archway Cave, home to enormous colourful formations, a giant natural arch and the gold miners’ dance platform, built in 1880 and still used today. Thrill-seekers might prefer the Belfry Cave guided tour, accessible only by a suspension bridge and ladders, or the narrow passageways — and optional crawl section — of Grove Cave. Colonial history buffs should head to Bushrangers Cave, a shelter for the eponymous outlaws in the 1830s. Finish your day with a refreshing swim at gorgeous Grove Creek Falls on the Mount Gray Walking Track. 

Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mines, Wellington CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore the cave systems at Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mines, Wellington.

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Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mines, Wellington CREDIT: Destination NSW

Explore the cave systems at Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mines, Wellington.

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Hiking, Mount Arthur Reserve CREDIT: Destination NSW

Hike through Mount Arthur Reserve near Wellington.

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Hiking, Mount Arthur Reserve CREDIT: Destination NSW

Hike through Mount Arthur Reserve near Wellington.

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