Sydney Getaway: Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains Part 1

A few weeks ago, Super Boy and I went on a weekend away together. It had been a while since our last, and I guess he was itching to go somewhere. It was a choice between shopping in Melbourne, or exploring Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains. Since I have no recollection of ever seeing Jenolan Caves, and shopping is just shopping, it was decided that we head to the Blue Mountains for a quiet weekend. And I’m so glad we went! The escape from the city was just what I needed.

Super Boy, myself and Chiswick (my beloved car, in case you didn’t know) got all packed up and ready for the long drive from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. It’s about a 3 hour trip, with Jenolan Caves being approximately 175km west of Sydney. It’s a straight-forward drive, albeit a long one. We stopped for a much-needed break and leg-stretch at Evan’s Lookout in Blackheath.

Really pretty views. There was also a walking track here, and I saw quite a few people geared up and setting off into the bushes. Unfortunately, Super Boy and I decided we didn’t have time to squeeze in a bushwalk before heading to our hotel, so we mentally bookmarked this place and hopped back into Chiswick in search of Jenolan Caves House. After an hour and a half, and a winding descent on a narrow road at cliff’s edge, we made it (all thanks to Super Boy’s driving skills, and no thanks to my fears of rolling off the cliff).

We checked-in to Jenolan Caves House, dumped our belongings in our room, and went for a little snoop around the hotel.

After our self-guided tour through the hotel, we made our reservation at the front desk for dinner at Chisolm’s Restaurant, and then headed to the ticket office and booked a tour for that evening. With a few hours until dinner, Super Boy and I decided to wander around a little. Just before reaching the tunnel leading to Jenolan Caves House, I caught a glimpse of a lake so we decided to go have a look.

Look at how clear the water in this lake is! Free from pollution, and you can see to the bottom.

I tried making friends with the locals. He wasn’t scared of me, but he wasn’t impressed by me either. Doesn’t matter. What I really wanted to see was the lake. And I really wanted to see it because when we drove past, I saw that it was this amazing, surely-must-be-fake shade of blue.

The Blue Lake, as it is rightfully known, apparently gets its colour from the water picking up minerals and/or limestone as it passes through the caves system. The water starts off crystal clear and becomes increasingly blue as you get towards the main part. My photos don’t really do it any justice. It’s so vivid in real life. I still can’t believe the colour is natural. I’ve never seen anything like it. After gawking at the lake for some time, Super Boy and I continued down the track (which is actually part of the Jenolan River Walk).

We didn’t do the entire Jenolan River Walk since it was starting to get dark and it was close to our dinner reservation time. Plus, we weren’t really prepared to go on a bushwalk (see my inappropriate footwear above). Such a shame because it’s a really beautiful and relaxing walk. Except for the part where I had to cross a rickety bridge. Anyway, we headed back to the hotel and to Chisolm’s Restaurant for dinner.

We ordered bruschetta to share.

I ordered the Scotch Fillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce.

And Super Boy ordered the Chargrilled Lamb Rump. Super Boy was feeling fancy so he also ordered a glass of red wine for each of us. We ate our yummy dinner while chatting away about nothing in particular. We sadly declined dessert as we were due to join the Legends, Mysteries and Ghosts tour. It was a really interesting tour with stories about unexplained happenings at Caves House and in the caves. I may have been a little spooked by it.

After the tour, we headed back to our room where we looked over our photos and talked about the day we had. We excitedly made plans for the following day and promised we’d wake up early next morning for the breakfast buffet (spoiler alert: we didn’t).

3 thoughts on “Sydney Getaway: Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains Part 1

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    It’s been ages since I was there, but I do remember that winding road, barely wide enough for 2 cars. I can still remember the tour guide explaining between stalactites and stalactites. šŸ™‚

    How many restaurants do they have at Caves House?

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    • Sandy says:

      That winding road is terrifying! Thankfully, exploring the caves and staying at Cave House does more than make up for it šŸ™‚

      There’s one restaurant and a bistro. Do you remember eating there?

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