are a sequence of 300 caverns on the slopes of hills at the outskirts of The Kanangra-Boyd National Park. In the 1830s, they served as a refuge for the highwayman James McKeown - for the bushranger, who earned his daily bread robbing carriages passing the mountains. After he was arrested, tourists rushed to caves. Currently 9 caves are open for visiting, and their halls as well as some of the most interesting natural formations have got bright names, for example, Temple of Baal, Sword of St.Michael, and Minaret. The caves are beautifully lit, you can hear music in some of them, tourists follow a special trail, and in general, it must be said, the Jenolan Caves are very similar to the New Athos Cave in Abkhazia.
Stairs lead deep into the mountains. Outside, there are about 40 degrees Celsius, but it is cool inside!
Here are stalactites, stalagmites:
This hall is called the organ hall - dripstones look like an old organ in the cathedral!
This is the "Magic Stone":
We are in the realm of stalactites and stalagmites:
Like a string, we are moving from one hall to another on a narrow path.
These dripstones are called the "Three Sisters" - in honor of the three famous rocks in the Blue Mountains (we will visit them).
Here's a bridge over the underground River Styx crossing the cave.
And this seems to be a slightly sphacelate skeleton of some enthusiast misguided in a cave. Or maybe, of Injun Joe.
Here's an amazing blit!
Near the caves, there is a tourist center where you can stay in a hotel, as well as buy souvenirs and have a snack.
I'm not a fan of souvenirs, but this time, I made an exception - I bought in the store a huge wide-brimmed hat with the inscription "I love Australia". It was a perfect salvation for my red nose that had already began to become charred in the scorching Australian sun.
After about three hours here, we are leaving the area of caves and going back to the Blue Mountains.
Overcoming about 80 kilometers, we made a stop at the famous rocks bearing the name the "Three Sisters" - the rock formation of the copper-coloured sandstone. These rocks are especially beautiful in the late afternoon light, when the sun brightly overshines their fancy shapes.
The name of these rocks is borrowed from the legend telling about one tribal leader, who turned his daughters into rocks to save them from the enemies that attacked the tribe. Unfortunately, he was killed in battle, and the girls have remained enchanted.
Here are some more views of the Blue Mountains in the vicinity of the "Three Sisters".
Here's an observation deck:
And our tour came to an end - it is time to return to the city. If you are planning a trip to