I'm all for spelunking around caves, so I was really excited =D Even better still, my parents just bought a new car so this time round I was one of the drivers, yay! It's not that I minded being chauffeured around all the time, but sometimes, being the driver is better than being bored in the backseat.
The Lucas Cave at Jenolan is supposed to be the "If you only have time for one" cave, but because most of my friends have visited it already on school trips (so lucky!), we bought tickets to visit the Temple of Baal instead. Admission comes with entry to the self-guided Nettle Cave and Devil's Coach House, which someone later pointed out had handset commentaries available for purchase in various languages, including Klingon! Hahaahaahaa!! xD
Anyways, the sights within the Temple of Baal were just breathtaking. I would do a poor job describing it, so all I'll add is that they did a really good job illuminating the area.
And unless you were a wee thing, you had to squat, shuffle and squeeze through certain areas, which was part of the fun in my mind =) The guide also mentioned that they have performed intimate weddings in this cave, and I can see why people would - I would!
Once outside, we went straight into the Nettle Cave, and oh man! The stairs we had to climb! There were many, but surprisingly it wasn't too tiring. In some ways I actually preferred this above-ground, open cavern because with all the natural sunlight streaming in at odd angles, high rocky ceilings and tweeting bird calls - it looked and felt much more angelic and otherworldly.
The Devil's Coach House though, I did not have the strength to go see. It was a scenic walk at the start through green forestry, but after that, again, more steps (noooo!). And these ones were pretty brutal as the slope up is abit too steep, or maybe I was too hungry by then (it was about 2pm, and we haven't had lunch yet). Half of us stopped midway at a conveniently located platform, and waited for the more energetic group to explore on our behalf.
By the time they came back down, we've had our fill of stalactites and stalagmites etc, and we were starving!! A quick jump into our cars and off we went back to Katoomba to hunt for a park with BBQ facilities. I can't recall where we ended up, but it was a very nice, green, quiet park.
We ate, we rested, we fooled around. We failed setting up our hammock xD Afterwards, since we were already in the area, we stopped by the Three Sisters, took in the views, and headed back home quite satisfied with our day.
I've been here before with my family to visit the Three Sisters - beautiful views of the majestic valley and scenic walkways showcasing the best of the Blue Mountains. This time though I returned with friends to see the Jenolan Caves.