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New South Wales, in particular, Sydney is blessed with an extensive network of amazing limestone caves. Sydney is popular with its monumental structures such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. And the Blue Mountains is one of the best rock formations in the world. And a popular sightseeing site. Hunter Valley is popular among wine lovers. But there are many attractions near Sydney that many might not know about to arrange a day tour. Something a little under the surface: its caves. These are some of the amazing caves near Sydney you need to explore at least once in your life. A couple of hours drive away from Sydney, you can see the world’s greatest limestone formations. These caves are older than a few hundred million years. In our view, below are the must-see caves near Sydney on your next trip to Sydney.
How do you get to Jenolan Caves from Sydney?
It is nearly a 2.5 drive towards the west of Sydney via M4 and A32 to Jenolan caves. If you are planning a tour to Jenolan caves, you should be aware that the access road closes from 11.45 am to 1.15 pm for departing vehicles from the caves. Secondly, the road is slippery and during the winter months, you will find frosty conditions. For GPS, use this address – 4655 Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan NSW 2790.
By public transport
Get the Blue Mountains Line from Sydney Central Station to Katoomba. Usually takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then, catch a CDC bus from Katoomba to Jenolan caves which leaves at 10.30 am.
Enter the M4 that leads to the Blue Mountains and the A32. After driving 40 minutes from the Blue Mountains, you will see the Jenolan Caves road after Hartley Historic Village. A usual drive can take up to 2 hours and 30 minutes depending on the traffic.
Guided day tours
the best option you have if you do not want to take the hassle of driving and relax. You can book a Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves tour here.
Which is the best cave to see at Jenolan Caves?
Jenolan Caves offer a number of guided cave tours that suit your physical fitness, time, and interest. The cave complex consists of Mammoth Cave, Temple of Baal, Chifley, Diamond, Ribbon, Imperial, Orient, Lucas, River Cave, and Plughole Caves. However, our favourites are the River Cave and Lucas Caves which add adventure. If you happen to visit Jenolan Caves, do not forget to stop by the site of the cottage to spot Eastern Gray kangaroos.
Guide cave tours, times and prices
The duration of guided cave tours changes based on the length and the difficulty of the track. Some guided tours such as Lucas take up to 1.5 hours. And River Cave can take up to over 2 hours to complete. Usually, an adult ticket ranges from 40 to 55 Australian dollars.
How to get there
Abercrombie is another cave system near Sydney situated further to Jenolan caves. And a drive from Sydney takes approximately 3.5 hours to reach Abercrombie caves. Oberon, where the closest town to Abercrombie caves is another local area popular among campers. If you are planning a trip to Abercrombie caves beware that the reserve is closed from 4 pm Monday to 9 am Thursday for activities.
Abercrombie is famous for the Archway Cave. It’s the largest natural arch in the southern hemisphere.
Guide cave tour times and prices
Usually, a cave tour can take up to one hour to complete, and contact Oberon Visitor Info Centre via (02) 6329 8210 to arrange a guided cave tour.
How to get there
A trip to the Wombeyan cave from Sydney can take up to three hours. Situated in the south of Sydney, use Hume Motorway and M31 followed by Wombeyan Caves Road to get there.
Wombeyan is a complex of a number of small cave systems. Some of the popular small cave systems are Figtree, Wollondilly, Junction, Kooringa, and Mulwaree.
Guide cave tour times and prices
Not like Jenolan, Wombeyan doesn’t have a high frequency of guided cave tours. Mostly, you will find one guided cave tour per day. Hence, need perfect planning before the cave visit. The best way to see this amazing cave is to buy an explorer pass. This pass allows you to take a self-guided Fig tree cave and enjoy 2 guided cave tours and the cost is 44 Australian dollars per Adult.
Glow worm tunnel
Situated in Wollemi National Park Blue Mountains, this is an abandoned railway tunnel constructed for oil shale works in early 1900. Due to the abundance, now it is taken over by glow worms. And created an amazing cave and a must-see attraction if you are in Sydney. Getting to the Glowworm tunnel is tricky. Lithgow is the closest city and Inch Street to Atkinson Street is the access route to this cave system. However, we highly recommend checking the live updates from NationalParks.NSW as due to roads tends to close for several weather conditions.
Guided Sydney Glow worm tunnel tours
If you are not familiar with the local weather conditions, it is always better to contact an experienced adventure tour operator in Sydney to arrange your Glowworm tunnel expedition.
If you are planning a Hunter Valley private tours from Sydney, Baiame Cave is not to avoid. Located near Hunter Valley wine country, the site is significant for Aboriginal history. The main figure depicted in the cave is believed to be Baiame – The person who created the law for aboriginal culture.
How to visit Baiame Cave?
Use the M1 from Sydney until you enter the Hunte Expressway roundabout. The drive via M15, A15, and 884 (Mitchell Rd) to visit the Baiame Cave.
If you are taking any of Hunter Valley wine tours from Sydney, you can ask the tour operator to include this in your itinerary if time permits.
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