Media Release – January 2010
Summer Savings at Jenolan Caves!
In spite of the global economic downturn, Jenolan Caves is doing better than ever. This could be
due to their popular website, proximity to Sydney and Canberra, award-winning cave tours for
young and old, creative use of technology or the fact that their staff love what they do. Or maybe
it’s because it doesn’t have to cost the Earth.
It is possible to spend extravagantly at Jenolan Caves, and many are more than happy to pay for a
total experience which may include private tours, adventure caving, underground concerts, fine
food and wine plus romantic nights in grand suites! However, a careful consumer can work out that
it is also still possible for a family of 2 adults and 3 children to pay less to experience two of
Jenolan’s breathtaking caves than they would pay to watch one movie at a cinema (excluding the
cost of fuel). These school holidays, Jenolan offers a range of ways that the budget conscious can
experience one of our greatest national treasures.
For example, from Jan 11 to 31, each child, age 4 to 14, if accompanied by a full-paying adult, can
tour their choice of 6 dazzling caves, stay overnight in Jenolan Caves House and eat a hearty
breakfast and dinner – all free.
Kids can also do the brand new self-guided tour of the Nettle Cave/Devils Coach House, using an
audio device with a fresh and lively commentary for younger children. The self-guided tour (now
available in 8 languages) is free all year for both adults and kids, with the purchase of most ‘show’
cave tours. And visitors who hang on to their ‘Jenolan Pass’ can save 50% on most other cave
tours - taken on the same day or within a year.
Last year, Jenolan introduced engaging, interactive tours for kids, aged 6 to 12. With names like
‘Stones & Bones’, these tours let youngsters experience the caves in a new way – building
observation, leadership and navigation skills and examining the myriad cave life forms – living or
fossilised. Now Jenolan has introduced innovative tours for teenagers so they can push their
limits without pushing their parents’ buttons! By headlamp glow, they map their way through
caves, exploring seldom seen, even wild areas. If purchasing 2 of these tours, the 2nd is a special
There is so much to experience at Jenolan Caves that staying overnight is a practical consideration.
Although accommodation includes grand suites, families tend to favour economical options, such as
the Budget Saver 2-night Package (room plus cave tours), available year round. A family of 2
adults and 2 children can stay 2 consecutive nights in a self-catered GateHouse room, for only $199
(less than $25 per person per night)! If they want to pay extra, they can dine in Caves House’s
grand dining room (or at the bar which offers a lower priced meal selection).
In January, on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, any visitor can attend a fascinating talk
(and maybe even a guided walk) – part of the brand new Jenolan Summer Lecture Series.
Intriguing topics include 'Paranormal Jenolan - Ghosts & Orbs', 'The Dangerous World of Cave
Diving' and lots more – completely free of charge.
Although it isn’t usually publicised, parking at Jenolan is free and it is still free to sightsee
around the Grand Arch (Australia’s largest open cave), the Devil’s Coach/House, the Blue Lake, or
along any of the bush walks.
As always, during holidays, there are many more cave tours plus a fascinating tour every night. On
the spinetingling "Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts" tour, grownups and older kids immerse themselves
in Jenolan’s history of ghostly (or unexplained) phenomena. There are also extended night tours of
the Temple of Baal and Orient Caves, where the lighting is now state-of-the-art, giving visitors a
whole new experience. And the best thing is that if you have already have a ‘Jenolan Pass’, these
night tours are half price.
For more information, visit www.jenolancaves.org.au or call 1300 76 33 11.
Media contact: Dan Cove, on 0458 201 724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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