Jenolan Caves

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Jun 26, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, May 8, 2010

Jenolan Caves are about an hour away from Bathurst. We took a bus supplied by the university to get there.

The site is a national park and rightfully so. It was breathtaking. We went on a tour with about 35 other people.

The tour takes you into parts of the cave where you can barely squeeze through, other parts where the ceiling is tremendously high. Some parts where there is ice, others where there is water.

They have installed artificial lighting to help illuminate the chambers, and in one section they used coloured lights.

There was an impressive chamber called the Cathedral Cave. They call it this because of its great acoustics, and because of these acoustics they carry out special church services on occasion. They also use the cave for concerts, mostly for symphonies. The tour guide gave us a demonstration by turning on some music while in the cave--I got goose bumps.

The tour was outstanding, and pictures do not come close to doing it justice.

After the guided tour we did a self-guided tour through another part of the cave. This part of the cave had really high ceilings throughout. The most spectacular part of this tour was seeing the Grand Arch.

Before we got back on the bus; we sat on the patio outside the main building and watched all the colourful parrots fly in and out of the trees.
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