Enter Plughole by abseiling into the ‘Sinkhole’ and swirling into Elder cave to negotiate a series of climbs, crawls and tight squeezes.
The underground world of Jenolan Caves, with its rivers and maze-like caverns is one of the final frontiers for the explorer in us all. But when you're caving don't expect ladders, handrails and guide lights, the caves you'll be exploring are wild and have no adornments – well, none under 100,000 years old, anyway!
Caving is a technically diverse sport utilising skills and equipment from rock-climbing, abseiling and sometimes SCUBA diving. The entrances are generally small holes in the ground – sometimes you'll crawl into them, often you'll have to abseil in. Once inside, the caves are like a subterranean playground. During a typical caving expedition there are pitches to climb, tunnels to crawl through and pools of water so clear you can see formations, fathoms beneath the surface.
Decked out in overalls, helmets and headlights, caving adventures begin with a safety and equipment briefing. You'll enter Plughole Cave by abseiling (weather permitting) into the "Sinkhole" then caving into Elder Cave to negotiate a series of climbs, crawls and tight squeezes, before worming your way through the "S-bend" tunnels. This is an unforgettable two-hour introductory caving adventure that you’ll always remember.
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The staff (Steven and Collin) were very friendly, knowledgeable and made use of that black humour that adventurers often have in order to make people feel at ease. A great experience that I can recommend to others and that is likely to make me come back to do more advanced caving tours :-)
The guides Cory and Ted were fantastic on that day. I appreciate their friendliness and great professionalism and safety. They made such a tough caving looks enjoyable. The certification in the end was fantastic. Free Photos are such a bonus.
I had the greatest day caving! process was easy and responses fast. Team on the day were great and made it a fun and personal experience.
The guides, Garry & Stuart were awesome
The guides were brilliant - they explained everything clearly and were extremely safety conscious and in a very caring way saw that we cared for each other as well.
This adventure went above and beyond all expectations. Since the Plughole is the introductory cave, I was expecting it to be very short and unadventurous (I'm a bit of a thrillseeker). Turns out it was actually quite fun when we squeezed through a few tight holes and abseiled down into the cave! I would highly recommend this adventure for anyone of any physical ability :)
A terrific introduction to caving and great value for money. The staff were helpful and made the experience very enjoyable. What an adventure!!!
I loved Caving adventure totally, but was expecting more time to spent on doing more crawling and may be get some sort swimming in water or get wet in water in caves would be great experience.
The Plughole was a great introduction to caving. Good value for money activity. I would definitely like to go back some time.
Love a challenge. This is for you. Persevere and abseil, crawl and squeeze through tight spaces. Be prepared to see your body as flexible as it can be. We thank Ted and Steven our guides for making this the best experience out..
WEATHER: Caving goes ahead rain, hail or shine as it is all underground exploration! Extreme fires and floods are the only enemies, but in general, the gig is on unless we call you. The Jenolan Caves are a leisurely two hour drive from Penrith. The entrance is astounding and just a taste of the awe-inspiring surrounds in which you are about to be immersed. This is the perfect day out for adventurers, family and friends with facilities including a scenic BBQ and picnic area, the ideal outdoor setting to recap your adventures and replenish your energy stores or take advantage of the ‘Caves House’ to satisfy your hunger with a hot meal.