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Travel Tales: Jenolan Caves

As I mentioned previously, my holidays officially began with a weekend trip to Jenolan. This was organised as part of one of the meetup groups for adventure caving. Since I’d never been to Jenolan before nor had I ever been adventure caving, I thought this would be a fun experience and signed up for it. 10 of us drove up to Jenolan on Saturday. It was a 3 hour drive from where I live and I offered two other members a ride up there. Which turned out to be good. We reached Jenolan around 11. The entry into Jenolan was magical. After several kilometres of trees and winding roads, we were met by this massive cave-like entrance that took us into a magical land: Jenolan. It honestly felt like we were entering a different era or country and it was hard to believe that it was only a few hours outside of Sydney.

Cars driving into Jenolan through the tunnel

Cars driving into Jenolan through the tunnel

Magical land of Jenolan

Magical land of Jenolan

 

We grabbed some coffee and some people had some food to eat before checking into our budget backpacker accommodation. Saturday was spent exploring some of the walking trails around Jenolan. Sure, we kinda went off track at some stage but it turned out to be a good thing because we ended up seeing a whole bunch {?herd} of kangaroos {or they could have been wallabies!}. Some of the scenery was just out of this world. The Blue Lake and the Devil’s Coach house were incredible and almost like something out of a fantasy novel. We kept talking about how it seemed like we were part of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or some other amazing world. We spent the extremely cold evening by the heater sharing drinks, food and getting to know one another. Some of us {including yours truly} had an early night. Given that I was sick and at the verge of losing my voice, my sleep wasn’t the best.

Carlotta's Arch

Carlotta’s Arch

The Devil's Coachhouse

The Devil’s Coachhouse

Roos! Or Wallabies...I dunno

Roos! Or Wallabies…I dunno

Say hello to my friends...

Say hello to my friends…

Yes, it really is that blue!

Yes, it really is that blue!

The Blue Lake walk

The Blue Lake walk

Mini falls

Mini falls

 

Sunday was time for Adventure Caving! We had signed up for the Aladdin Cave. Now, if you’ve never been caving before, like me, you probably have no idea what to expect. And trust me, I didn’t have a clue. All I knew is we were going to get into a cave and had to be prepared to get dirty. Oh and we had to be reasonably fit. Caving involved crawling through narrow gaps, rock climbing without harnesses, sliding on some paths and well, making sure we didn’t slip or trip or fall. We had two guides with us and it was fun although initially I was a bit scared at what I’d gotten myself in to. All in all, we survived and felt ecstatic. It was a short caving experience of about 3 hours in total since only three members had been caving before. Apparently there are longer ones like the Mammoth Cave which is about 8 hours long!  It’s something I might consider in future. We did have photos inside the cave but they are of us and hence I won’t be putting them up on this blog.

Entry into the cave

Entry into the cave

 

It was a great weekend with some lovely people. I am so glad I did it. There was no internet or mobile phone reception. Nor did we have access to TVs. It was interesting but I lasted. A true break. From everything.

We had company while having lunch before leaving

We had company while having lunch before leaving

There are several other caves in Jenolan to explore as well but we didn’t end up checking those out. Maybe some other time.

Have you ever been adventure caving before?

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Aathira
    17 July 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Never ever done adventure caving… Looks interesting, but kinda creepy… crawling about caves… don’t other reptilia do that too?

    I have a friend who is visiting Melbourne.. maybe I should suggest your blog to look at for travel options 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 6:27 pm

      It was interesting and a bit scary…we do have head torches and overalls. As far as I’m aware, there aren’t reptiles in these caves because they do maintain it to a certain extent. However, there are some areas that we are not allowed to go because of possible predators and we came across bones of dead animals too.

      And yeah, your friend is welcome to check out the blog for travel options…I’ve not done as much but I’ve still done some! 🙂

  • Aathira
    17 July 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Never ever done adventure caving… Looks interesting, but kinda creepy… crawling about caves… don’t other reptilia do that too?

    I have a friend who is visiting Melbourne.. maybe I should suggest your blog to look at for travel options 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 6:27 pm

      It was interesting and a bit scary…we do have head torches and overalls. As far as I’m aware, there aren’t reptiles in these caves because they do maintain it to a certain extent. However, there are some areas that we are not allowed to go because of possible predators and we came across bones of dead animals too.

      And yeah, your friend is welcome to check out the blog for travel options…I’ve not done as much but I’ve still done some! 🙂

  • R's Mom
    17 July 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Wow! thats sounds really really interesting! and so much fun…that place really looks out of a picture book in the second picture 🙂

    I havent done anything of this sort in my life gah!

    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 7:33 pm

      It was great fun RM…so glad I did it. You should definitely try things like this..not too late! 🙂

  • R's Mom
    17 July 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Wow! thats sounds really really interesting! and so much fun…that place really looks out of a picture book in the second picture 🙂

    I havent done anything of this sort in my life gah!

    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 7:33 pm

      It was great fun RM…so glad I did it. You should definitely try things like this..not too late! 🙂

  • vidhi
    17 July 2013 at 7:19 pm

    nice clicks 🙂
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Vidhi! And welcome to this space… 🙂

  • vidhi
    17 July 2013 at 7:19 pm

    nice clicks 🙂
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Vidhi! And welcome to this space… 🙂

  • Jitaditya
    17 July 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Nice images… esp. the startled rabbits…
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Jitaditya! They are actually kangaroos {or wallabies…I can’t tell!}. Welcome to this space!

  • Jitaditya
    17 July 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Nice images… esp. the startled rabbits…
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Jitaditya! They are actually kangaroos {or wallabies…I can’t tell!}. Welcome to this space!

  • Smita
    17 July 2013 at 8:39 pm

    quite adventurous!!! Hows ur heatth now?
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Haha yes…it’s been one of those years. And there’s more to come! 🙂 Health is still pretty crappy unfortunately…voice is still pretty weak and sinuses still inflammed. Hoping it improves by the weekend!! I want to go to work next week actually refreshed!

  • Smita
    17 July 2013 at 8:39 pm

    quite adventurous!!! Hows ur heatth now?
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 July 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Haha yes…it’s been one of those years. And there’s more to come! 🙂 Health is still pretty crappy unfortunately…voice is still pretty weak and sinuses still inflammed. Hoping it improves by the weekend!! I want to go to work next week actually refreshed!

  • Titaxy
    18 July 2013 at 12:38 am

    man, that blue lake is amazing! i have never been caving before. now i am very tempted to try 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      18 July 2013 at 4:44 pm

      I’m sure you’d enjoy caving T…you should definitely try it! As for the blue lake, apparently it gets its colour due to the manner in which the light refracts {or reflects} off the limestone…or something like that!

  • Titaxy
    18 July 2013 at 12:38 am

    man, that blue lake is amazing! i have never been caving before. now i am very tempted to try 🙂

    • Psych Babbler
      18 July 2013 at 4:44 pm

      I’m sure you’d enjoy caving T…you should definitely try it! As for the blue lake, apparently it gets its colour due to the manner in which the light refracts {or reflects} off the limestone…or something like that!

  • Vivienne
    18 July 2013 at 1:56 am

    Awww, that parrot is so adorable!! 🙂 🙂 <3

    Now I'm going to scroll back up and read the blog post.
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    • Psych Babbler
      18 July 2013 at 4:45 pm

      It was really cute…and there were about three or four of them!

  • Vivienne
    18 July 2013 at 1:56 am

    Awww, that parrot is so adorable!! 🙂 🙂 <3

    Now I'm going to scroll back up and read the blog post.
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    • Psych Babbler
      18 July 2013 at 4:45 pm

      It was really cute…and there were about three or four of them!

  • Carolyn Melbourne
    19 July 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m glad you loved your visit to Jenolan. Many people are totally surprised by how fantantic the whole experience is. Your photos look great. I’m lucky to work at jenolan! I do the marketing – that’s how I spotted your blog. Thanks for spreading the word about your Jenolan visit. Come back soon!

    • Psych Babbler
      19 July 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for commenting Carolyn…it was truly an incredible experience and I hope to go back sometime soon to check out the other caves. Some of the people I went caving with are considering doing the Mammoth cave sometime…so we’ll see. 🙂

  • Carolyn Melbourne
    19 July 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m glad you loved your visit to Jenolan. Many people are totally surprised by how fantantic the whole experience is. Your photos look great. I’m lucky to work at jenolan! I do the marketing – that’s how I spotted your blog. Thanks for spreading the word about your Jenolan visit. Come back soon!

    • Psych Babbler
      19 July 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for commenting Carolyn…it was truly an incredible experience and I hope to go back sometime soon to check out the other caves. Some of the people I went caving with are considering doing the Mammoth cave sometime…so we’ll see. 🙂

  • Avada Kedavra
    20 July 2013 at 9:12 am

    was it really dark in there? I am usually scared of dark places since you dont know what sort of insects/animals dwell there.. must have been real fun 🙂
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  • Avada Kedavra
    20 July 2013 at 9:12 am

    was it really dark in there? I am usually scared of dark places since you dont know what sort of insects/animals dwell there.. must have been real fun 🙂
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