Mountains & Caves Day 1

Day 1 Photo-diary:

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Day 1 Schedule:

  1. 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)!
  2. Arrive in Leura for a stroll-around and dessert at a local cafe to recharge.
  3. Drive straight to the Jenolan Caves Village!
  4. Park! Check out the cave tours timetable! So adventure! Much excite!
  5. The River Cave Tour (Strenuous Level, 2 hrs, 1271 m, 1298 steps)
  6. Have an incredible experience, all whilst juggling the dslr and phone on slippery ground and steep steps.
  7. Go for a quick walk around the large pond – home to 2 elusive platypi.
  8. 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.)
  9. Unwind at the pub/bistro/bar at Jenolan Caves House. Mmmm, cider and overpriced bar food ..
  10. 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.
  11. Simple dinner and drinks.
  12. 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.

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