Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves
Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Blue Mountains. Your Driver Guide will provide details of the day’s itinerary while you enjoy the journey west.
First up is the charming village of Leura. It's one of several villages in the Blue Mountains that perfectly captures the spirit of the region – fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. Its pretty, tree-lined main street is great for browsing through its many antique shops, art galleries and bookstores. Why not enjoy a delicious takeaway lunch from Loaves and the Dishes café.
Head to the iconic Blue Mountains and drive through the tourist town of Katoomba, the gateway to the region. Katoomba first became known when a coal mine was established there in 1879. The town features lovely heritage cottages, a well-established guest house and hotel industry and many cafés and restaurants.
Echo Point photo stop
From Echo Point you’ll be treated to a view that is spectacular. This mountainous World Heritage region covers an area of up to 10,000 square kilometres and features dramatic cliffs, deep canyons and lush vegetation, particularly eucalypt. When first discovered by the European visitors, the Blue Mountains had already bee n home to the Gundungurra people for what is believed to be millions of years and evidence of their culture and spirituality can be found throughout the region.
The Three Sisters
Also from Echo Point you can see the imposing Three Sisters. According to Aboriginal legend, this unusual rock formation represents three sisters who were turned to stone. They stand an incredible 922, 918 and 906 metres respectively and are an amazing sight as the sun shifts to cast magnificent colours across the rock face.
Now you head to the Jenolan Caves via the stunning scenery of the Cliff Drive. On arrival you’ll meet your experienced Guide who will take you through the oldest known open cave system in the world. Known to the local Aboriginal people as ‘Binoomea’ (Dark Places), the Jenolan Cave system stretches over an enormous 40 kilometres of multilevel passages, many still undergoing explorations. There are nine caves open to visitors, all featuring amazing lighting, underground rivers and limestone formations.
You’ll be captivated by Lucas Cave, the largest of the Jenolan Caves. Its chambers are simply incredible. The highest chamber, reaching 54 metres, is known as the Cathedral and, with its incredible acoustic capabilities, has provided the setting for many underground concerts.
Please note: At certain times, Lucas Cave will be replaced with a visit to Imperial or Chifley Cave.
Before heading back to the city, you simply must take in the beauty of the Blue Lake. This gorgeous sight is the result of mineral laden water seeping through the limestone caves. When cast in sunlight, the lake takes on the most captivating vivid blue colour. Definitely a great photo opportunity!
Full Day Tour
Approximately 11 hours
Tue, Thu & Sat from 7.00am, Sydney
(pick-ups at selected hotels)
7.15pm approximately, Sydney
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Guided tour of either Lucas, Chifley or Imperial Cave
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Sturdy, non-slip shoes
(No high heels or thongs)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Moderate level of fitness required.
- Approximately 860 metre walk and 910 stair steps (including 252 stair steps into the Cathedral Chamber) within the guided tour of the Lucas caves. Guests must be able to walk unassisted to be able to participate in this tour.
- Baby prams or strollers cannot be taken through any of the caves, and we strongly advise against the use of backpack child carriers during the cave tour.
- There is no wheelchair access at Lucas, Chifley or Imperial Cave guided tours
- This tour is not reccommended for guests with mobility difficulties
Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves (J32)
Takeaway Lunch (+L)
Enjoy delicious Mediterranean-style homemade food at this family-owned and run business. Around the Blue Lake at Jenolan Caves is a beautiful spot to enjoy your takeaway lunch while admiring the views.
Please Note: This lunch add-on is valid for travel from 1 April 2016.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
The following pick-ups will be in effect from 1st April 2016.
|Hotel||Pickup Location||Pickup Time|
|Crescent on Bayswater||Front of Hotel||7.00am|
|Four Points Sheraton||Front of Hotel||8.10am|
|Four Seasons||Level 3 – Harrington Street entrance||8.15am|
|Hilton Hotel Sydney||Pitt Street entrance||8.00am|
|Novotel Darling Harbour||Front of Hotel||7.45am|
|Parkroyal Darling Harbour||Front of Hotel||7.50am|
|Rydges World Square||Front of Hotel - Pitt Street entrance||7.55am|
|Sofitel Wentworth||Front of Hotel||7.15am|
|Vibe Hotel Sydney||Front of Hotel||7.25am|
|YHA Central||Front of Hostel||7.30am|
In Sydney, you will be picked up by your specific touring vehicle an commence your day tour without the need to go to a centralised departure point to swap vehicles.
Please use the tool below to find the nearest pickup location from your hotel and advise your chosen pickup with your booking. Alternatively, please ask at time of booking.
Find your hotel pick up time
The cave network in Jenolan Caves is very large, with over 40 km of multi-level passages. The complex is still undergoing active exploration.
The reason for the name ‘Blue Mountains’ is because of the blue haze produced by the oil from the Eucalyptus trees.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area was unanimously listed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO on 29 November 2000, becoming the fourth area in New South Wales to be listed.
The Jenolan Caves are the most visited limestone caves in Australia, and the oldest discovered open caves in the world.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area is inhabited by over 400 different forms of animals. Among them are rare species like Spotted-tailed Quoll, the Koala and the yellow-bellied glider.