Blue Mountains News

Jenolan Caves Easiest Tour: Imperial Cave

Source: Jenolan Caves
Archived 7 Feb 2019 - Posted: 20 Dec 2018
Jenolan's Easiest Tour
The Imperial Cave follows an ancient river passage. It is a wonderful, memorable experience for people of all ages, including children. As the path is mostly level, with short sets of stairs, it is the best cave for less mobile or elderly visitors.

In 1879, not long after Queen Victoria had adopted the title of 'Empress of India', Jeremiah Wilson, Jenolan’s first cave guide, discovered a wondrous cave at Jenolan, one thought fit for an Empress - the Imperial Cave.

For the first tour of the Imperial Cave, the participants climbed over an Elderberry tree branch spanning a large hole at the top of the mountain, shinnied down its trunk, slowly negotiated the Elder Cave, and eventually descended to the base of the Imperial Cave, all by candlelight!

Now, the Imperial Cave features safe paths and subtle lighting that shows off each crystal formation to best advantage.

Cave features include 'The Sinkhole', 'Ridleys Shortcut' (with a story on how it got its name), 'Lot's Wife', the 'Alabaster Column' and the dramatic 'Crystal Cities' which looks like an ancient fortress, and as its name suggests, the 'Shawl Cave' is filled with delightful cave shawls.

When the floor of the Imperial Cave was excavated in 1975, bones were discovered. The bones of a Tasmanian Devil (long extinct on the mainland) and a Wallaby are on display. As you walk through the cave, you can also see marine fossils embedded in the limestone roof and walls.

This 1-hour tour includes an visit to the northern 'Jenolan Underground River', via a 66 step spiral staircase. This part of the tour is optional for less mobile visitors.

Jenolan Underground River - Imperial Cave
 
Portrait Photography Blue Mountains Portrait Photography Blue Mountains Portrait Photography Blue Mountains Richard Bulley Photography

Recent News

Local Young Blue Mountains Musicians' In Spectacular Sydney Concert
Local Young Blue Mountains Musicians' In Spectacular Sydney Concert
Young Musicians’ Winter School Culminates in Spectacular Concert Australian...
Review of Local Government Election Costs
Review of Local Government Election Costs
IPART is reviewing local government election costs and has recommended...
Plastic Free July Morning Tea
Plastic Free July Morning Tea
Take the pledge and support Lithgow’s Plastic Free July morning tea today...
Be Connected! – Learn Digital Literacy Skills at Your Local Library
Be Connected! – Learn Digital Literacy Skills at Your Local Library
Be Connected is an Australian government initiative that aims to increase...
Aboriginal Flag Raising for NAIDOC Week
Aboriginal Flag Raising for NAIDOC Week
A flag raising ceremony has been held at Lithgow County Council to mar...

What's New

Jenolan Caves 4WD Adventure
Jenolan Caves 4WD Adventure
Simmo's Offroad Tours 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour to Jenolan Caves & beyond, 3rd & 4th August, Medium grade tour suitable for standard 4WD's.
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FELLOWS
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FELLOWS
Blue Mountains Concert Society Sat 10 Aug, 7.30pm, Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood. See our website. Book online or (02) 4723 5050
Woodford Academy Paranormal Tour
Woodford Academy Paranormal Tour
Blue Mountains Mystery Tours Join Paranormal Pete to investigate the reports of Ghosts & Paranormal activity at Woodford Academy, 16th AUGUST.
Complimentary Dinner?
Complimentary Dinner?
Eagle View Escape Ask about our 'ditch your device' campaign. Willing to sacrifice your devices for the weekend?
Spa, Fire place, Dishwasher, BBQ & more.
Spa, Fire place, Dishwasher, BBQ & more.
Blue Gum House Stay 26th and 27th of July for $480 for 2 adults! +35 linen $30 per additional adult, $20 per child, per night.
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Authentic YuleFest fun every Sat in JulyGet festive at the Home Of YuleFest: enjoy a 5-Course Dinner + special guest entertainment. Don't miss out!View Hotel Mountain Heritage »