The Jenolan Caves are a beautiful place for a day trip or a short break. Located a short drive from Oberon in the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves are the perfect place to take a picnic and enjoy the stunning display nature has put on show.
|Home to nine breathtaking showcaves, complete with underground rivers and stunning limestone cave decorations, the Jenolan Caves have something for everyone. Adventure caving, guided tours and bushwalking are on offer here. And when you’re ready for a break Chisolm’s Restaurant is located in historic Caves House, a beautiful old building dating back to 1897. Or plan ahead and bring a picnic or BBQ lunch eat outside listening to the birdsong and watching kangaroos wander past.
For those wanting a little fear factor come back at night. The Legend, Mysteries and Ghosts tour is just the thing for you. Depending on what you see, a drink at Jeremiah’s Bar and Lounge after your tour might be welcomed.
|Without question, Jenolan Caves are some of Australia’s most impressive limestone caves. No extended trip to the Blue Mountains is complete without spending, at a minimum, half a day here. If you have to pick just one cave to see, I highly recommend the River Cave tour. The 1271 metres and 1298 steps take you past the largest column at Jenolan, shawls, stalagmites and a spectacular, motionless underground lake. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to walk up and down the (sometimes seemingly endless) stairs and walkways that take you through each cave. River cave is reached through Lucas cave so it makes for exceptionally good value – 2 caves for the price of one.
Snowboarding, skiing, snowmen and hot chocolate by an open fire. What’s not to love about ski season after a long, dry, scorching Australian summer? Nothing, right?
Gearing up for a winter escape to the Snowy’s sounds idyllic and while there is nothing wrong with reaching for the phone to book a chalet or room at your favourite resort, there are some pretty compelling reasons *not* to start dialling just yet.
1. Book your accommodation through Stayz.com and not only will you get a house all to yourself without screaming children and loud, drunk 20 somethings all around you, it will be a fraction of the cost. The one we rented in Talbingo came with a fire pit and wood all ready and waiting for us to rug up and sit outside toasting marshmallows. After that we could throw a few homemade pizzas into the pizza oven and jump in to the spa to drink wine and relax.
The Water’s Edge is my absolute favourite little place locally to have brunch. The food, the view and the relaxed atmosphere here make it an unbeatable spot to soak in the sun on a warm summer’s morning. The coveted lounge chairs right on the edge of the boardwalk are the best spot in the entire restaurant and, if truth be told, I have been known to move tables in the middle of a meal if one of these tables becomes available part way through the meal. The welcoming and comfortable atmosphere lends The Water’s Edge to feeling like a restaurant run by friends.
In summer we park a few kilometres away and walk along the lakefront or shore to The Water’s Edge, have brunch and, after a coffee and some time enjoying the view, walk back to the car. With Pelicans cruising by overhead, the laughter of children learning to paddleboard, the sun glinting off the water and the comforting thought that there is an ice-cream parlour within 30 metres, The Water’s Edge is the perfect setting for a morning in the sun. And when the sun is hiding you can enjoy the spectacular view with glass paneled walls to sit by to stay out of the wind and rain.
Primarily a fish restaurant, The Water’s Edge does breakfast/brunch surprisingly well. We were a little hesitant the first time we went for brunch knowing their superb lunch and dinner menu. I can say I was impressed with the selection and lack of fish on the breakfast menu. Their eggs benny is done to perfection and you can mix and match items from the menu – very important when the eggs benny doesn’t come with mushrooms as standard. To accompany your eggs and hollandaise, the choice of bacon, ham or salmon is yours. They even have berocca on the menu for those slightly headachy, might-have-over-indulged-with-the-girls-last-night mornings. (Not that I would know anything about that.)
Or ‘In Which We Tried to go to the Jenolan Caves and ended up Visiting a Stranger’s Long Departed Grandmother’
Hellllo My Cherubic Vagabonds
One of the things I love about living where I do is the amount of amazing places I can drive to for a day trip. Sydney, Canberra, Blue Mountains and Heatherbrae Pies to name a few. Though Canberra is for those special occasions that you feel like driving 3 hours each way.
As I’ve said before, I love giving a good surprise. And with 2 of my children away, I decided it was time for some surprise quality time with our youngest. (Now I say it like that, it kind of sounds a little bit like it’s…not-quite-welcome quality time I’m trying t force on her by stealth.)
I discussed it with hubby the night before and we decided to take her to the Blue Mountains for on overnight trip to investigate the Jenolan Caves. I booked a hotel (one of the only ones available at such short notice) and packed the car up while our daughter was asleep.
The next morning I packed a picnic and told her that we were going for a drive to explore. Knowing it was a long drive to get out the other side of Sydney where we were planning to stop at an old cemetery (a thing she loooves to do) I had her pack a few things to do in the car in case she got bored.
Off we set.
All was going swimmingly for the first hour of our journey. Then we got to Carlingford.
It is about this point in the story where things go horribly wrong. Both hubby and I looked at each other and said ‘Our car shouldn’t be doing that’. And mere seconds later we were pulled over at a service station with the hood up and looks of this-would-be-funny-if-it-weren’t-such-an….no-its-almost-funny were running across our faces.