Jenolan is a spectacular natural wonder, located in protected wilderness, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Jenolan is Australia’s most awe-inspiring cave system and is amongst the world’s finest. The dazzling crystal formations and pure underground rivers are a celebration of nature’s glory.
The caves were ‘discovered’ by white settlers in 1838. James McKeown was said to have stolen cattle from local pastoralists, who pursued and captured him near what is now the Grand Arch. In 1866, Jenolan Caves and surrounding area were proclaimed a Government Reserve - one of the world’s oldest. In 2000, The Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve became a World Heritage site, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In 2006, scientists confirmed that Jenolan is the world’s oldest cave system – 340 million years!