The Hotel: Jenolan Caves House
Designed in 1897 as a country retreat for the wealthy, Jenolan Caves House is nestled in a deep valley just a short walk from the cave’s entrance. Overflowing with history and charm, Jenolan Caves House features a grand dining room that is now home to Chisolm’s Restaurant, serving food and wine for hungry adventurers.
Get cosy in the Cave House Classic Room harking back to a style reminiscent of late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. Kick up feet for a night away from the big smoke, relishing your room’s traditionally-styled furnishings without any distractions. Wake to a hot breakfast before heading out to discover the fascinating natural surrounds.
Classic Queen Room
- Bed size/type: Queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- The room features ensuite bathroom with separate shower, clock radio, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and iron and ironing board.
The Area: Jenolan Caves, NSW
In World Heritage bushland on the far side of the Blue Mountains, experience one of Australia’s true natural wonders. Jenolan Caves is not only the world’s oldest cave system, but it is also Australia’s most spectacular. Jenolan features many breathtaking show caves (each one different) as well as adventure caving experiences for avid explorers.
Guests of the Jenolan Caves House can choose between three spectacular cave tours. The one-hour Imperial Cave follows a mostly level path with short sets of stairs. See the ancient bones of a Tasmanian devil and stunning features like the dramatic ‘Crystal Cities’ and underground river. The one-hour Chifley Cave tour boasts a fascinating history. It’s a treasure trove of thrilling surprises, large chambers, delicate straws, and exquisite ‘spar’ crystal. The 90-minute Lucas Cave tour lets visitors experience Jenolan’s highest and widest caverns, ‘The Broken Column’, other massive formations, and offers a glimpse of the pure underground river.
While at Jenolan, walk up to the dramatic Carlotta Arch. From its dizzying heights, see the mountains with the Blue Lake far below. Signs guide you down to the McKeowns Valley Track. Ramble as far as the Old Playing Fields, spotting wallabies, kangaroos, and Lyrebirds along the way. Or explore the vast Devils Coach House Cave, and on into the Nettle Cave.
In heritage-listed Caves House, relax at the cafe or upstairs in Jeremiah’s Bar. Take the opportunity to experience the magnificent Chisolm’s Restaurant. The menu includes temptations such as Chinese style glazed pork belly with steamed kaffir lime rice, whole spatchcock Portuguese style, grain-fed Scotch fillet and the delicious – lemon pie with vanilla ice cream and macerated strawberry.