Jenolan Caves

River Cave


Useful Information

Location: 182km west of Sydney
Open: All year Mon-Fri 13:15, Sat, Sun 10, 13:15.
Additional tours during NSW school holidays and on some long weekends.
[2009]
Fee: Adults AUD 40.
[2009]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: Electric: LED.
Dimension: L=20,000m, VR=200m, A=790m asl, T=16°C.
Guided tours: D=2h, St=1,298.
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Bibliography: John Dunkley (2007): Jenolan Caves: Guides, Guests & Grottoes. Australian Speleological Federation 2007
Address: Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust, P.O.Box 1495, Bathurst. NSW 2795.
Littlebourne St, Kelso (Bathurst) NSW 2795, Tel: (063) 32 5888 (office), Fax: (063) 32 9399
Jenolan Caves, Jenolan Caves. NSW 2790, Phone: (063) 59 3311, Fax: (063) 59 3307
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History

1903 discovered by James Carvosso Wiburd and J. Edwards.
1923 concrete bridge across River Styx built.

Description

River Cave has the largest numbers of steps of all tours at Jenolan and so it is dubbed the most strenuous cave tour. 1,298 steps equal a height difference of about 120m which is ascended and descended during the tour, fortunately not at once. A near vertical ladder is also part of the tours, women should think about wearing jeans, although the male participants would probably enjoy a short skirt.

As the name suggests, it goes down to the lowest level of the cave system, the active river passage level. The cave river is named River Styx and until 1923 it was crossed by a small boat, until the concrete bridge was built. There are various pools, huge stalagmites named the Minaret and the Grand Column, and the huge Queen's Canopy.