Things You Didn’t Know About Lucas Cave in the Blue Mountains

Three hours outside of Sydney, in the Blue Mountains, there is a world underground. A world that sprawls out in chambers and ante-rooms, is decorated with glistening stalagmites and stalactites, and perpetually oozes a muggy atmosphere.

These are the Jenolan Caves, the oldest open caves in the entire world that meander through a whopping 40km of passages and rooms on varying levels.

The collections of caves all boast different names and different properties, there’s even a silky smooth Blue Lake where you can catch a glimpse of the odd platypus or two, but the most famous and most visited is Lucas Cave. Spanning back 340 million years, this quirky formation has preserved a lifetime that is difficult to imagine.

Facts about Lucas Cave

It’d be great for concerts

In the aptly named Cathedral room, which exhibits high ceilings and acoustics that could rival even the best opera houses in the world, there is a familiar scene – stained glass windows, a pulpit, and a bell tower. If you weren’t thousands of metres below the ground, you might think you had just entered into a weird and wonderful cathedral.

Be very afraid of the dark

As you can imagine, if it weren’t for the lights dotted throughout the formation, Lucas Cave would stand in suffocating darkness. With no light coming from above ground, it’s hard to comprehend just how dark it would be. Well, apparently it would take you 45 minutes before you lost all sense of balance and you’d have to lie down. The electricians who change the lightbulbs suddenly seem like angels, right?

The exquisite ‘white lace’

Not as you might think, the ‘white lace’ in Lucas Cave actually refers to the sheets that hang in the narrow walkways between rooms. For the most part, the limestone that characterises the cave is a yellowy-brown colour, but this is only the case for rocks that have been touched by the human hand thanks to the oils in our skin. Untouched limestone is pure white, giving an ethereal tint to the whole experience.

There are some interesting characters

Stalagmites and stalactites come in many strange shapes and sizes, and a number of the adornments in the Lucas Cave have been given names based on their appearance, like the bride, groom, and mother-in-law, and the elephant and dog.

It was the Spa of the olden-days

Back in the 1850s, Lucas Cave was considered to have magical healing properties and numerous visitors would turn up at the chambers in their Sunday best to cure themselves of all sorts of ailments. Without lights then, they’d have to carefully explore with only the glimmer of a candle – scary stuff, right?

To explore the Lucas Cave book our Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Tours.