Back to nature
This is a world right out of a fairytale, a place where giants or fairy princesses might reside. Explore magical caverns with pink and orange formations glowing under invisible lights, eerie tunnels leading into the depths of the earth, and hidden rivers. There is a new wonder around every corner – your children will be enchanted!
Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve; (02) 6359 3911 or 1300 76 33 11
■ The nearby Needle Cave and Devil’s Coach House, which are free to enter. If your kids are afraid of the dark, or of enclosed spaces, the Devil’s Coach House has huge, open caverns.
Caves are produced in limestone areas because rainwater passing through soil picks up carbon dioxide from plant roots and acids from decaying vegetable matter, and the solution dissolves the limestone. The Jenolan Caves are some of the oldest and most magnificent limestone caves in the world. They were discovered by European settlers about 150 years ago, but they were known to the Indigenous Gundungurra people for many thousands of years. The Gundungurra believed the underground waters had healing powers.
■ The approach road to the caves is winding and narrow; some sections are one-way. Check the website for driving instructions.