Jenolan is a small alpine town in the Blue Mountains National Park and is best known for its world-famous limestone caves. This area also reveals stunning natural spoils, including Blue Lake Jenolan, the Jenolan River and World Heritage-listed rainforest.
Things to do
You can’t visit Jenolan without experiencing the renowned Jenolan Caves, which are part of the greater Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. These are the most ancient open caves ever discovered in the world and feature more than 40 kilometres of multi-level passageways with about 300 entrances. Wander through the intricate cave systems while keeping an eye out for the fascinating stalactite and stalagmite structures. Visit at night for a spooky ghost tour and don’t miss the Cathedral Chamber, known for its acoustics.
If you’re looking for more remarkable nature around Jenolan, walk to Blue Lake Jenolan, which is a unique body of water with unimaginably blue water. It’s surrounded by rocky cliffs and native trees and features signed pathways along the water’s edge.
While staying in Jenolan, you’re only a short drive from Mount Trickett, which is 1,362 metres tall and often receives heavy snowfall during winter. Hike up to the summit to find stunning views of the countryside. You can also easily visit Kanangra-Boyd National Park, where an abundance of native wildlife and unforgettable scenery can be spotted on walking and mountain biking trails.
For a fantastic day trip, drive about 1.5 hours to Katoomba, a charming alpine town that features a cascading waterfall, unique fashion and gift stores and immersive walking trails through the Heritage-listed rainforest. Enjoy lunch at the Leura Cascades picnic area or wander down Katoomba Street, which is lined with fine-dining restaurants, cafes and bars.
Jenolan is about 3.5 hours’ drive from Sydney along the Great Western Highway and Jenolan Caves Road. You’ll need a private vehicle to explore the surrounding area.