These magnificent limestone formations are part of the Lucas Cave within the Jenolan Caves system.

To the right can be seen an old metal ladder, perhaps dating back to when guided tours first began during the 1860s.

The Jenolan Caves are the most celebrated of Australia’s limestone caves and are the oldest discovered open caves in the world. They include numerous Silurian marine fossils of great interest and the calcite formations, sometimes pure white, are of extraordinary beauty. The cave network is enormous, over 40 km of multi-level passages, still undergoing active exploration.

The Jenolan Caves Reserve is World Heritage listed.

Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

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  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Michael. I do not like the ladder but it does give perspective and size to the photo so although it is not good, it is good. These are a beautiful cave system. I have been in several but I do not recall this one. All the best.

  • Thanks for commenting Alwyn. Yes, a relic of days gone by. They certainly are a fantastic system of caves.

    – Michael John

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Like Alwyn, I’ve been in a few of these caves also (pics eaten by last computer!) but I don’t recall the ladder… It’s good to know this is there – something to look forward to seeing next time we go. :)

    And the ladder’s a great idea, or we’d simply think we were looking at a rock. :)

    Lovely image, Michael. I love the colours! :)

  • Ashame about losing all your old photos. Guess you’ll have to go again! Thanks for the comment Donna.

    – Michael John

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Neither up nor down, Michael! Not a chance in hell!

  • Haha – you and me both! Thanks David.

    – Michael John

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    NO, definitely not. Gorgeous lighting and the ladder gives it perspective, I have been up to the caves years ago, hated the drive up, such a narrow road, scared me to death, got there and I couldn’t get myself to go in, I’m a bit claustrophobic. Great image Michael :o)

  • Yes, the road is a little better now (at least the safety rails are)! Thanks Josie.

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Nice work Michael,she’s a beautiful spot.the ladder?.LOL

  • It’s another world down there. Thanks Warren.

    – Michael John

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks for the feature Pops!

    – Michael John

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thanks.

    – Michael John

  • StephenRB
    StephenRBover 3 years ago

    No lol, – great tones in the rock and well seen.

  • lol – it looks a bit steep! Thanks for that Stephen.

    – Michael John

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Thanks.

    – Michael John

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 3 years ago

    I have been to these caves a very long time ago Michael but I cannot remember seeing this ladder. Magnificent capture .

  • There are still a few left over from yesteryear. Thanks Ralph.

    – Michael John

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