Guided Small Group (2-3 travellers) or Coach Tour (max of 40 travellers) – Two Days, overnight at Jenolan Caves House
Blue Mountains World Heritage Area – Geotourism and Geohistory of the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves
Led by a specialist geologist and tour guides at Jenolan Caves, experiencing the World Heritage Exhibition Centre in the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and various geosites including the iconic Triassic sandstone landscapes at Govetts Leap and Echo Point as well as the sandstone escarpment and underlying Permian coal measure exposures in Jamison Valley, accessed by the steepest passenger railway in the world. Staying overnight in heritage accommodation, the experience of the world famous Jenolan Caves includes guided tours and encounters with wildlife including the quite unique opportunity to see the duck-billed platypus, endemic to Australia.
Departing from your Sydney hotel (small group) or the Sydney Coach Terminal, Central Station at 8.00 am, travelling via the scenic Bells Line of Road, visiting the iconic Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens and World Heritage exhibition at Mt Tomah. Travelling to the historic Harley Vale Comet Inn for lunch and to learn about the history of Australia’s first oil shale industry and then travel to Jenolan Caves, stopping to meet a wild mob of kangaroos en route.
developed within the Silurian Jenolan Caves Limestone. After checking in at the heritage Jenolan Caves House, guided cave tour (Chifley or Orient Cave) and wildlife experience walks at Jenolan Caves http://www.jenolancaves.org.au/the-caves/show-cave-tours
Dinner in the historic Caves House dining room .
After breakfast, another impressive cave tour (Temple of Baal) and then travelling to experience the historic Govetts Leap lookout (Triassic sandstone escarpment of the Narrabeen Group) in the Blue Mountains followed by lunch and a visit to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba. In the afternoon visiting the famous Narrabeen Group landforms at Echo Point (including a walk along the new nature trail to the Three Sisters), and then exploring the underlying Permian Coal Measures exposures in Jamison Valley, accessed by the steepest passenger railway in the world. Travelling back to Sydney around 6.00 pm.
Angus M Robinson (Chair, Geotourism Standing Committee, Geological Society of Australia)