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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2011
autumn 2011 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 19 Experience the award-winning Jenolan Caves Visitors can unwind and learn something amazing, with kilometres of mysterious underworld to explore, walks in the glorious Australian bush, native wildlife, history and romance. Jenolan is amongst the world's oldest and most outstanding cave systems, offering guided tours of awe-inspiring caves, pure underground rivers, challenging adventure caving, multi-lingual self-guided tours, night tours, unnerving ghost tours, underground concerts, a caf , accommodation for all budgets and the award-winning Chisolm's Restaurant. The caves are open daily, offering underground activities for all age groups, even specially developed tours for teenagers during NSW school holidays. Competitively priced cave tour tickets include family and pensioner options and discounts for additional tours. Jenolan's range of excellent underground activities and facilities won gold (best tourist attraction) in the 2010 NSW Tourism Awards. Jenolan provides Australian aged pensioners with year-round discounts, even a senior's accommodation discount in heritage-listed Caves House. To further tempt retirees, during Seniors Week (March 20 to 27), Jenolan offers an extra special '2 for 1' discount to Australian Seniors' Card holders -- tour a show cave and your companion tours free; indulge in breakfast and dinner in Chisolm's Restaurant and your companion eats free; purchase one night's accommodation and stay the following night free! Prospective visitors should contact Caves House for full details and conditions. This Autumn, Jenolan is involved in a popular annual event -- the grueling Six Foot Track Marathon, Australia's 5th largest marathon, attracting over 850 entrants each year. To see the exciting finish outside Jenolan Caves House, arrive early on March 12 (or the day before and stay overnight). April brings more school holiday fun. And for something unique, on Easter Sunday morning, there is a non-denominational underground Christian church service. All visitors are welcome to attend, completely free of charge. Because Jenolan caters to all age groups, it's perfect for a family gathering. On Mothers' Day, Sunday, May 8, all the usual cave tours will be available. However, the beautiful Imperial Cave is an easier tour, and recommended for less mobile mums. Mothers Day Brunch will be available in the Edwardian surrounds of Chisolm's Restaurant, upstairs in Caves House -- with a flower for mum on arrival. In the afternoon, deep underground, the popular Paganini Duo (sensual guitar and wicked violin) will perform fiery Gypsy music from around the world. The Cathedral Chamber of the Lucas Cave is one of Jenolan's biggest caverns and a popular performance venue. It is used for large weddings and boasts arguably the best acoustics of any performance space in the world. Aside from Mother's Day, concerts take place throughout autumn. On Saturday, March 5, Larissa Burak will perform deep underground. Larissa's exceptional soprano voice, combined with the gentle sounds of the bandura, has thrilled audiences as distant as her native Ukraine, Western Europe and around Australia. On the third Saturday of every month, cello virtuoso Georg Mertens will perform his popular 'Bach to the Romantics' program, immersing the senses in haunting melody deep underground. And on the fourth Saturday of every month, the fiery Gypsy music of the Paganini Duo will sweep you away. Visit www.jenolancaves.org.au or call 1300 76 33 11. There's a wide range of activities available at Jenolan Caves -- and not just underground.