Jenolan Caves

Ribbon Cave

Useful Information

Location: 182 km west of Sydney
Open: All year Sun 10:45.
Fee: Adults AUD 40.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: Electric.
Dimension: L=20,000 m, VR=200 m, A=790 m asl, T=16 °C.
Guided tours: D=90 min, St=394.
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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1905 discovered by J. Wilburd and J. Edwards.


Ribbon Cave is visited in small groups of only eight. It seems the number is so small to allow all members the impression to stroll along the beautiful cave on their own. However, the tour might be found too slow and boring by children.

This cave is a single long tunnel, most of the time rather narrow. It is located at the far end of Orient cave, which is traversed on the tour. The guides stop at this part only if requested by the participants.

The main sight is Lake George, once filled with water but now dry. While the water was still there, the floor and walls up to the water level were covered by calcite crystals which grew in the limestone rich water. Eneb stalactites and stalagmites which protruded into the water were brimmed with crystals. Large discs of crystals grew on the tips of the stalactites which had their tips immersed the water. They are called lilypads.