Facts About Jenolan Caves

Facts About Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves are one of a kind caves located 175 kilometers west of Sydney, Australia. They are recognized as the world’s oldest open cave system. They are a part of the famous Blue Mountain Area. The caves have been a tourist destination for over 100 years. On today’s date, they attract about 250,000 visitors per day. Read on to explore more facts about Jenolan Caves.

 

  1. The Jenolan Caverns are numerous, but only 11 of them are open to the public. All 9 of them are easy for walking through them. They are equipped with stairs, walking paths, handrails, etc.

 

  1. They were first discovered in 1838 by an on-the-run European prisoner. They were later explored and made famous by his brother. This immediately brought in tourists but they were hard to explore because of their wildness.

 

  1. “Jenolan” in the local language means “high mountain”.

 

  1.  The caves are formed by a network of narrow alleys, underground rivers, natural arches, stalactites and stalagmites that will make your adventure a deep walk through the earth.

 

  1. The caves have a temperature of 15 degrees celsius all year around.

 

  1. The caves open to the public include Lucas Cave, River Cave, Chifley Cave, Imperial Cave, Orient Cave, Ribbon Cave, Pool of Cerberus Cave, Jubilee Cave, Temple of Baal Cave, Nettle Cave, The Grand Arch, Elder Cave, Aladdin Cave, Jersey Cave and, Arch Cave.

 

  1. A striking feature of the Nettle Caves is a spectacular sight of stromatolites shaped by cyanobacteria. They are at least 20,000 years old.

 

  1. The Jubilee Cave is the longest cave among the visitable Jenolan Caves and takes the most amount of time to visit.

 

  1. Imperial Cave is known for one of the best fossil deposits. Although, most people are unable to identify these fossils from ordinary rocks.

 

  1. Of all these tours, trip to the River Cave is the most strenuous, while that to the Imperial Cave is quite simple.

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