JENOLAN CAVES
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Hi from Ashie

I am so happy to be able to connect with you again, I have been very busy with everyday duties also with my beautiful tenants, Mr Joe Ironsmith and his wife, and other couples who stayed with me for more than 7 mounths, and just left this house with all the memories two weeks ago. I miss them so much, they thought me so many new things from Iran and played the game "esm & famil". I wish them happy life and successful future.

I have recently visited Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountians for the first time after 32 years of living in Sydney so I would like to give you a little information about this place.  Remember when you are in Sydney this is one of the most beautiful and important things to see. 

When the Great Western Highway leaves behind the outskirts of Sydney and wanders across the ridges of the Blue Mountains for an hour or so the landscape abruptly changes.  The road starts its descent towards some of Australia’s richest farming regions and the olive green slopes appear full of fertile promise.

 Then there is a sign that points left towards Jenolan Caves.  It is a sign worth following.  The narrow road weaves its way through a picturesque valley and then winds around some steep tree-studded hills until a grand arch of rocky walls confronts the driver.

 Beyond the arch is a glimpse of an older Australia in the shape of a resort hotel that has seen better days but whispers wild tales of romantic weekend holidays, discrete mid-week getaways, and, possibly, nervous wedding nights enjoyed by a generation now consigned to countless retirement villages.  However, the visitor should not be distracted by the warm hospitality of the hotel café and the quaint furnishings of the public rooms

of Caves House.

 

Back in the shadows of the Grand Arch are several entry points to a series of spectacles that have fascinated Australians since pioneers discovered them in the middle of the nineteenth century.  T

 

hose adventurous men were guided, in all probability, by Aborigines who had long ago given the place a name sounding something like Jenolan.

 

 

The Jenolan Caves are the result of water flowing underground and shaping the surrounding limestone for more than three hundred million years.  The deep caverns are full of complex structures – the most well-known of which are the descending stalactites and the ascending stalagmites.  However, it is the luminous quality of the subtle colours embedded the cold stone walls that often make the biggest impression.  When the caves were first opened to visitors, coloured electric lights were used to delight the senses.  Now, only white lights are used so that the observer can appreciate the natural splendour of the limestone formations.

 

The men and women who conduct the tours of the caves are both knowledgeable and witty.  They help the visitor see what they themselves see in the caves – unspoilt visions of prehistoric wonder and ancient examples of the glory of unconstrained natural forces.  By the end of the tour every visitor is longing to see more and promising to come back some time soon.