Book Now - Imperial Cave & Underground River

Our easiest cave tour. This journey takes you along the path of an ancient river bed. Mostly level, with short sets of stairs, this tour is an excellent choice if you are not quite as mobile as you once were. This cave is known for its amazing history, and has unique stories to tell.

Your journey starts at the ‘Woolshed’, distinguished by its strange, ‘fluffy’ crystal. Then the snaking path leads you to the ancient bones of a Tasmanian Devil – unearthed in this cave after 3,000 years. See the awesome ‘Crystal Cities’. We lead you beyond the perilous ‘Ridley’s Shortcut’, to one of Jenolan’s most beautiful crystal shawl formations, and the famous ‘Lot’s Wife’.

You also have the option to descend a winding staircase to the Underground River. The pure, blue waters are an awe-inspiring experience for all ages. This is our only tour where you get the chance to see one of Jenolan's underground rivers.

Although children under age 4 are free of charge, please remember to book a ticket for them.

If you are driving all the way to Jenolan, you might want to consider booking accommodation, for a getaway to remember.

Average Duration: 1 Hour

About Jenolan Caves

People of all ages love Jenolan. Jenolan Caves are Australia's largest, most famous and most spectacular caves and the oldest caves in the world, with bushwalks, wildlife, accommodation, cafe and magnificent restaurant right on site.

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4655 Jenolan Caves Road,
Jenolan Caves, NSW 2790

Dress Code

This is an all weather activity.
Wear comfortable, non-slip walking shoes. High-heels and 'flip-flops' are unsuitable.
Do not overdress. It is 15 degrees Celcius in the cave, all year.

Other Information

Edith Road is the only access to Jenolan. On Edith Road, 3 kms before Jenolan, at the top of the steep valley descent, STOP AT THE BARRIER. The descent is now one-way, so Transport for NSW will escort your vehicle 3km down to our car parks. From there, you can follow the pathways down to the Hotel and to the shelter to meet for the tours.
Escort vehicles run at regular intervals.

To be on time for your tour, please arrive at the barrier (3km from the caves) *** at least 1 HOUR BEFORE YOUR FIRST BOOKED ACTIVITY.***

Escort vehicles leave our car park regularly to accompany vehicles back up the hill.

Note: If you travel via Katoomba, you must get to Edith road via a 30-MINUTE DETOUR ON JENOLAN CAVES ROAD. (See our ‘Getting Here’ webpage.) To arrive at Jenolan safely, give yourself a couple of hours extra travel time. If you arrive too early, take advantage of our bushwalks, café and giftshop.

General Rules:
Use the public toilets, before joining your cave tour, as there are no toilets inside any of our caves.
Do not bring baby prams, camera tripods, monopods, selfie sticks.
We do not recommend baby backpacks - front carriers are safer.
Listen carefully to your tour guide, and obey all instructions.
Stay with your tour group.
Do not touch any rock or crystal.
Do not smoke, eat or drink. You may take water with you.
Do not spit or litter.
We recommend you turn off your camera flash.

Length: 1,070 metres
Fitness level: easiest
Stair Steps: 258