Yarrangobilly caves are located at the Northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. It is approx. 160km from Crackenback and would take 2hrs to drive each way.
There are three main attraction caves at Yarrangobilly:
- South Glory Cave – the largest cave of all, which can be self-guided.
- Jersey Cave – mid-sized cave, well known for the rare grey and black flowstones and its variation in formation and colour. (Guided tour)
- Jillabenan Cave – the smallest and possibly the eldest of all caves and has amazingly delicate formation of all. (Guided tour)
You can choose to pay by the cave, two-cave pass or three-cave pass. If you can spend enough time there, we would recommend you do the three-cave pass, as we believe it is the best deal and you get to see them all at once! Some caves only offer guided tour only, and they have specific time for each tour, please phone Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597 to confirm the tour times for that day.
As of March 2016 the cost of visiting the caves as follows:
- Self-Guided Cave Tour: $18 adults, $13 concession, $45 families
- Guided Cave Tour: $22 adults, $17 concession, $55 families
- Two-Cave Pass: $30 adults, $23 concession, $75 families
- Three-Cave Pass: $45 adults, $35 concession, $100 families (Note: the family price includes 2 adults and up to 3 school-age children)
You can get the most up-to-date information from this web site – Yarrangobilly Caves Kosciuszko National Park
There is also a small $4 park entry fee per day per vehicle that applies.
Once you have finished walking around the caves, you can choose to wind down and relax at the natural thermal pool. The thermal pool car park is only a short 2mins drive from the park entrance, and then another 700m walk from the car park to the pool, which is at the bottom of the valley. This natural thermal pool is permanently heated to 27ºC and it has an adult pool and a kid’s pool. There are also change rooms available.
The peaceful environment, with wildlife presents and right by the Yarrangobilly River side, making this place a picture perfect spot to relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. If you prefer to be more active, there are a couple of walks in the area that can take you along side the river and explore the area.
Due to the limited time we have at the area, we have decided to only focus on one cave, as we’d rather fully enjoy one than rushing through a couple. So at the end, we chose the Jersey Cave guided tour, and we were not disappointed!
Our guide Regina, is a very experienced, humorous, passionate tour guide. She explained a lot of the geological history of the cave formation, how the stalagmites, stalactites, columns, shawls and cave corals were formed. How the people discovered the caves and invited people to come and visit the caves in the old days. There were a lot of history behind the formation of the caves and how much man power has been put into opening the caves for the public.
On our way back, there was a section where our guide has offered us to have a taste of the kind of environment the people experienced in the late 19th Century when the caves were first discovered. So she switched off the artificial light and the cave turned into complete darkness! When she lit up a fire lighter, although we can still see her face, but the light was very limited, you wouldn’t be able to see more than 5-10 steps in front of you, not to mention any movements would cause to fire lighter to go off.
This made us appreciate the effort people put into opening these caves to the public and the danger involved when doing it! As there are sections that would’ve been very dark, difficult and dangerous to access with just candle lights or oil lamps. Also, imagine back in the days when the people who would’ve been invited to visit these caves, the men would’ve all been in suits, wearing proper hats and leather dress shoes, and the ladies were all in long dresses, boots and may even be carrying an umbrella! How difficult would it be for them to walk around in the caves in limited lighting, not well formed steps and in tight space.
It is very important to bare in mind, even though the limestone / crystals are very attractive, please do not touch any rock or crystal, as the invisible oil on our skin permanently damages the irreplaceable cave crystal.
Things to bring:
- The cave’s temperature is a lot cooler than the outside temperature, at the time we were inside the Jersey Cave, the outside temperature was around 30°C and the caves temperature was only 10-12°C! Please consider bring a light jacket / jumper if you are afraid of cold.
- Cameras are welcome, just to make sure you are not blocking other people’s view, also please check with your guide if you are allow to bring tripod or a selfie stick into the caves as each cave’s formation maybe different and space can be limited.
- It maybe a good idea to bring a small torch / headlight with you. The caves itself has lights in it but if you want to take clearer photos, it’s always good to have more lighting to make sure you capture the most beautiful side of the limestone.
- The ground inside the cave maybe wet, so yo may consider to bring a pair of good footwear with you.
If you happened to be in the area next time, don’t only spend time at the snow or the summit hike, spare some time at this wonderful area and see for yourselves, as cameras and photos don’t do them justice.