Day 1 Photo-diary:
Day 1 Schedule:
- Reasonable 9:30AM-ish start and brekkie from Chatswood then head out to LOTR soundtrack (AN EPIC TRIP CALLS FOR AN EPIC PLAYLIST. A moderately exciting roadtrip also requires one to make it more exciting)!
- Arrive in Leura for a stroll-around and dessert at a local cafe to recharge.
- Drive straight to the Jenolan Caves Village!
- Park! Check out the cave tours timetable! So adventure! Much excite!
- The River Cave Tour (Strenuous Level, 2 hrs, 1271 m, 1298 steps)
- Have an incredible experience, all whilst juggling the dslr and phone on slippery ground and steep steps.
- Go for a quick walk around the large pond – home to 2 elusive platypi.
- Unpack from car to lodge, then attempt to get all 500 flies out of the room (staff left the door open. Still mystified as to WHY.)
- Unwind at the pub/bistro/bar at Jenolan Caves House. Mmmm, cider and overpriced bar food ..
- A brisk, long walk far down on the trail past the pond, a tiny waterfall and through beautiful eucalyptus forest, following the rivulet. Also try not to step on the lizards chilling on the track that you see every few metres.
- Simple dinner and drinks.
- Float up to the lodge, tired and dazed and radiant -> Night-time routine -> Sleep.
Pretty much how the day went! It was a perfect mix of adventure and activity with relaxation and calm. Absolutely loved it! We chose to do the River Cave Tour first because it was highly recommended to us, and I wanted a more challenging first tour. IMO it turned out not to be “strenuous” but for a simple guided tour I suppose it was appropriately warned – you do get a little breathless at some point, especially the older participants. I have much more on the tour and other components of Day 1 to post as sub-stories and photo-diaries in coming days, but I’m doing a general Day 1, 2 and 3 before that.
I can’t quite put in words how wonderful it felt, though, to experience the breath-giving (opposite of breathtaking?) flora and fauna out and unimaginably exquisite cave formations in. It was exactly what I’d needed.