- Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales
The Wombeyan Caves are
limestone caves set in the Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Access is by the Wombeyan Caves Roadfrom either Mittagong in the east or from the Goulburn-Oberon Roadin the west. The caves reserve is located towards the western end of the Wombeyan Caves Road. The part of the Wombeyan Caves Road east of the reserve is very rough and has many curves and narrow stretchs as it descends down to Wollondilly Riverand then up very rugged mountains. Some of the views are spectacular.
Wombeyan Caves is a tourist attraction and local holiday area, as well as a reserve for endangered species, such as several species of
wallaby, bird, possum, and wombat.
The main site includes several
campinggrounds, a kiosk, a public phone, a kitchen, a barmah?, and other public facilities. A ranger station is also positioned near the camping site; the rangers serve to collect camping fees from visitors, prevent unsafe human-wildlife association, protect local flora and fauna, and investigate any queries or complaints.
Caves found in this reserve include the Victoria Arch, one of the most popular due to its proximity to the camping grounds, and Fig Tree Cave, shown in the picture to the right. Other caves include Wollondilly, Mulwaree and Kooringa caves.
Other interesting sites are the creek, the
waterfalland the various smaller caves found while traversing the extensive areas of forestin the area.
While strict rules are in place concerning human-wildlife interaction, local fauna are growing increasingly tame. Several species of birds, mainly
magpies and Indian Mynahs, often come into direct contact with people, sometimes less than a foot away, and demanding food while campers are eating. Also, the numerous kangaroopacks are becoming increasingly trustful, and come within mere metres of campsites with no apparent trepidation. While this is much to the delight of human spectators, concerns are held for the long-term well-being of the local wildlife.
Several NSW caving groups run regular trips to Wombeyan Caves, these are official caving groups that obtain permits for various cave related expiditions.
* [http://www.jenolancaves.org.au/general.asp?tb=w_general Jenolan Caves Trust - Wombeyan Caves] (Official Site)
* [http://www.sss.org.au Sydney Speleological Society ] (One of several caving clubs who visit the Wombeyan Caves reserve)
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