2015: Jenolan Caves, N.S.W.

On 15 July 2015 Kirsten, Henry, my wife lyn and I travelled to the Jenolan Caves, west of the Blue Mountains, in the Central West of New South Wales. We saw a wombat (not a kind of bat, but a kind of native badger), an echidna (ant-eater), and a wallaby (small kangaroo) beside the road. We explored the caves, and drove home through the strange Australian landscape. One of the many websites devoted to them says “They were once used by Aborigines, and James McKeown, a bushranger (outlaw), is said to have been the first European to visit them in the 1830s. They have been a government reserve since 1866. Twelve of the caves are open to the public, attracting more than 150,000 visitors annually.” Some photos:

The steep hills behind the Jenolan Caves. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
The steep hills behind the Jenolan Caves. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
One of the many friendly Mountain Lowry parrots in attendance.
One of the many friendly Mountain Lowry parrots in attendance. Wikipedia: “The crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) is a parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia which has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. It is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens… Today, the red-coloured races are generally known as the crimson rosella, with the alternate names Red Lowry, Pennant’s parakeet, Campbell parakeet, (blue) mountain parrot, (blue) mountain lowry or just plain lowry occasionally heard.” Photo by John Tranter, 2015.”
The ancient Jenloan Caves Hotel. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
The ancient Jenloan Caves Hotel. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave, named after Ben Chifley, one of Australia's Labor Party Prime Ministers, an ex train driver. They were the days! Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave, named after Ben Chifley, one of Australia’s Labor Party Prime Ministers, an ex train driver. They were the days! Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Our charming and tactful guide to the labyrinth. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Our charming and tactful guide to the labyrinth. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Limestone like lace... Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Limestone like lace… Part of the Chifley Cave. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Snowdrops... at Jenolan Caves. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Snowdrops… at Jenolan Caves. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Tiny plants struggle to be born, at the Jenolan Caves.  Photo by John Tranter, 2015.
Tiny plants struggle to be born, at the Jenolan Caves. Photo by John Tranter, 2015.

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