Funding of $8.5 million to Jenolan Caves will give the tourist hotspot a modern facelift.

NSW Government funding of $8.5 million to Jenolan Caves will give the international tourist hotspot a modern facelift and provide visitors with an even more spectacular view of the world heritage listed reserve.

Support from the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund will be used to support three key projects that will include:
• upgrading the walking tracks and observation platforms around the picturesque Blue Lake
• building the Binoomea Track and Inspiration Point lookout
• building the Jenolan Caves Gateway Centre.

The new facilities, walking tracks and Blue Lake observation platforms to see platypuses at close range will mean more activities for visitors to experience outside of a tour of the caves, encouraging more overnight visitors to the Blue Mountains and Central West region

An additional 160,000 day visitors and 14,000 overnight visitors are estimated to visit this tourism jewel. 

The projects are expected to generate an extra 40 jobs during the construction phase and an extra 50 jobs in the local community, ranging from hospitality and tourism services. 

Director of Jenolan Caves Jodie Anderson said, “Additional benefits will include strengthening the tourist pathway to country NSW, increasing regional employment opportunities and economic growth, and providing additional environmental education and health and fitness opportunities in the region.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro said, “A trip to the caves is simply mesmerizing. For people young and old, a lesson on stalactites and stalagmites is not complete without a visit to Jenolan Caves.”

Construction is expected to begin by December 2018, with works completed by December 2021.