Jenolan Caves - Adventure Caving
Trip Start Jan 12, 2009
44Trip End Mar 07, 2009
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The mini bus picked us up at 9.30am and a couple of other girls from my hostel were also on the bus, I had seen them around but hadnt spoken so we got aquainted quickly. I liked them both but unfortunately they were leaving the hostel that day so no chance of beer later on!!
The driver was called Darrell, nice Aussie guy who told us about the day and the journey and then proceeded up to the top of Katoomba Street to pick up a couple of other people
We arrived in Jenolan village just after 11 and we got given our tickets. Everyone else went off to do their first cave tour and I was given the chance to do a self guided cave tour with audio commentary. I entered the cave through the Grand Arch and lucky for me i was the only person on the tour (everyone else was in the Lucas Cave), it wasnt even busy at the caves and was a lovely hot day. I entered the cave and just sat by myself admiring this utterly gorgeous rock formation. There was nothing except the sound of birds and me, so so quiet and so perfect, I could have sat their all day. The caves were explored just under 200 years ago and to this day there are about 300 odd cave entrances spanning something like 40km of land
At 1.15 I went off to the guides office and met my two guides for the afternoon, Wendy and Sasha. We had a group of about 8 of us and we were given a good briefing to what our afternoon would involve. We were to descend through what was known as the 'Plug Hole' cave, considered a starting cave for people new to caving. Firstly we would abseil down into the entrance of the cave and from there we would climb, crawl and slide down to the bottom. We were all given blue overalls, hardhats with lights and abseiling harnesses.
We made it to the entrance of plug hole and one by one we abseiled into the entrance. The abseil wasnt massive but still a whole load of fun with some people bombing down and others petrified by the thought of trusting two ropes and a harness
My caving experience was immense and I loved every part of it. Wendy and Sasha were in their 50's and 40's and they said they even had jobs available for new recruits to work up to be guide and apparently it pays well...hmmmm!!! Its never too late. Thing is, I just love all this outdoors stuff. Given the chance I would do it all, It would be amazing to do more caving. They were running a trip again on Sunday but a half day and to the larger caves, but I couldnt get transport back to be there for 9am and a taxi would cost me a fortune so I had to sadly call it a day for this trip.
We returned to the bus and i was last back on, we stopped on the way back to see some wild Kangaroos at a park and we spent about 20 mins there just watching them basking in the sun. Lovely way to end the day.