Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

Show caves

You can explore the Wollondilly, Junction, Kooringa and Mulwaree caves on a variety of guided tours, and the Figtree Cave is regarded as the state's premier self-guided cave experience.

The Wombeyan Reserve is well suited for photography both above and below ground. For the best results in the caves use a flash or high-speed film. Please note that camera tripods are not allowed on cave tours.

Tour packages 

Individual tour prices are listed below, but if you're planning on visiting more than one cave, consider buying an Underworld Pass. Passholders see two or more caves at a fraction of the cost of purchasing cave tours individually. Two Underworld passes are available:

  • Discovery Pass: entry to the magnificent self-guided Figtree Cave, plus join a guided tour of any one additional cave (Wollondilly, Junction, Mulwaree or Kooringa caves). Price: $30 adult, $23 child/concession, $28 senior, $75 family
  • Explorer Pass: entry to the Figtree Cave, plus join a guided tour of any two additional caves (Wollondilly, Junction, Mulwaree or Kooringa caves). Price: $40 adult, $30 child/concession, $35 senior, $90 family.

What to bring

For your comfort while visiting the caves we recommend a light sweater, even during the summer months, plus sturdy non-slip shoes.

Please note that the following are not allowed on cave tours: eating or drinking, including chewing gum; smoking; and touching the cave formations.

Show caves to visit

Dennings Labyrinth

Dennings Labyrinth is a guided cave tour for people with a sense of adventure and an interest in history. The tour explores the maze of underground passages and a string of open caverns and chambers, using helmets and lights provided.

Step back in time and imagine yourself exploring these naturally decorated caves before the advent of electric lighting while you hear all about the historic heritage of Wombeyan Caves from the experienced cave guides.

Follow the underground stream that runs through this series of show caves. During summer you may also be lucky enough to see bats, which are right at home in the dark of this limestone cave system.

Activities: walking

Getting there: Dennings Labyrinth is in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. To get there:

  • From Goulburn, take Goulburn-Taralga-Oberon Road towards Taralga and continue for about 45km.
  • Turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Road and continue driving for approximately 15km until you reach the reserve

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Dennings Labyrinth is open by prior booking only.

Fig Tree Cave

Take yourself on an inspiring journey through this magnificent show cave. The self-guided tour allows you to set your own pace and stop as often as you like to take in the awesome cave formations surrounding you the whole way.

The carefully placed lighting means you won’t miss a thing – look out for the stalactites and stalagmites, the helictites and cave coral, and other beautiful cave decorations. The cool cave air will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world, and the information you’ll discover along the way means you’ll leave a cave expert.

Activities: walking

Getting there: Fig Tree Cave is located near the visitor centre in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Fig Tree Cave is:

  • Open every day from 9am-4pm
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Fees: Entry: $18 adult; $12 child/pensioner; $15 senior; $45 family.

Junction Cave

Junction Cave was officially 'discovered' in 1897 and opened to the public in 1906. The cave was completely refurbished for its centenary in 1997, yet the unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites you’ll see here have been created over millions of years. Junction Cave is renowned for its rich colours, spectacular shawls and flowstones. The Junction has 350 steps.

Visiting Junction Cave is just a short walk, yet one that will amaze you.  Enter this spectacular underground world and surround yourself with the rich colours, spectacular shawls and flowstones of this beautiful show cave.

After your tour of Junction Cave, why not head back to the visitor centre and enjoy a relaxing picnic amongst the beautiful bushland that surrounds Wombeyan Karst?

Activities: birdwatching, picnics and barbecues, adventure caving, canyoning, walking

Getting there: Junction Cave is located near the visitor centre in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Junction Cave is:

  • Open every day from 9am-4pm
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Kooringa Cave

Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you and discover the spectacular world of stalactites and stalagmites in the underground world at Kooringa Cave.

It might be the smallest of the show caves at Wombeyan Karst, but Kooringa Cave is one of the most heavily decorated caves, and will be sure to impress.

First opened to the public in 1875, this striking single-chamber cave contains many pristine white columns and contrasting iron-rich draperies. So be sure to bring you camera, as the formations make for outstanding photography.

Activities: walking, adventure caving

Getting there: Kooringa Cave is located near Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve Visitor Centre. To get there:

  • Drive north of Taralga on Oberon Road, then turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Road.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Kooringa Cave is:

  • Available by prior arrangement and on long weekends
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Kui Kiosk

Kui Kiosk is your go-to shop at Wombeyan whether you’re staying at Wombeyan Caves campground, in one of the charming Wombeyan cabins or just visiting the park for the day. Kui Kiosk is a great place to top up your groceries, and also doubles as a visitor centre. Drop in when you first arrive at the park for general tourist information and cave tour passes.

The kiosk is a little oasis in the bush. Grab an ice-cream on a hot day or a much-needed morning coffee, browse the shop for souvenirs or chat to the friendly staff. You can relax on the patio, set amongst casuarinas, and keep a look out from there for resident kangaroos and wallabies and the abundant birdlife in this area.

Set out from Kui Kiosk to explore the amazing Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Getting there: Kui Kiosk is in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. To get there:

From Goulburn:

  • Take Goulburn-Taralga-Oberon Road towards Taralga and continue for about 45km
  • Turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Road, and continue driving for approximately 15km, until you reach the reserve.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Kui Kiosk is:

  • Open 9am-4pm (7 days).
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Facilities: amenities block, picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated), fire rings (bring your own firewood), cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, electric power, lookout, public phone, flush toilets, trackhead/access point, visitor centre

Mulwaree Cave

Making up one of the upper levels of expansive Wollondilly Cave, Mulwaree Cave, accessible only during a guided tour, is one of Wombeyan’s most spectacular caves. The colour variations seen on the walls, the shining wax-like decorations, and the stalactites along the pathway are incredibly striking.

The cave itself is 200m long, and there are quite a number of steps to negotiate during the one-hour guided tour, so please be well-prepared for your visit.

Activities: walking, show cave tours

Getting there: Tours of Mulwaree Cave leave from Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve Visitor Centre. To get there:

  • Drive north of Taralga on Oberon Road, then turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Road.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Tours of Mulwaree Cave are offered by prior arrangement or on long weekends only.

Post Office Cottage (3 bedrooms, up to 6 people)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

Post Office Cottage, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Book yourself into Post Office Cottage in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve for your own taste of Australian heritage. This cosy cottage is a great place for a weekend getaway exploring the caves and landscape of the park.

After a day of exploring the park in winter, you can warm up in front of the wood combustion heater or if you’re staying in summer, be sure to bring plenty of tasty supplies for a barbecue dinner in the garden.

Nature is all around you and the city is ages away, so kick back and relax with the animals and landscape of this special place.

Activities: walking, swimming, show cave tours

Getting there: Post Office Cottage is just off Wombeyan Caves Road and not far from the visitor centre.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Bookings: Bookings are required.

Please contact Wombeyan Caves Visitor Centre for information on current fees.

Contact: Wombeyan Caves, Phone: 02 4843 5976

Living room in Post Office Cottage, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Bedroom in Post Office Cottage, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Post Office Cottage, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Local vegetation in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)

Wollondilly Cave

Let yourself be taken into a mystical underworld on a guided tour through Wollondilly Cave. It is the longest and most varied cave in the Wombeyan Caves network and stretches across an incredible five levels.

The cave walls will come alive before your eyes, sparkling throughout the five major chambers. It’s remarkable to think that the pathways through the cave were created by free-flowing streams and that the cave has been undergoing transformations for millions of years. Don’t forget to use the flash on your camera to capture the fascinating cave formations like stalactites and stalagmites you’ll see along the way.

Activities: walking

Getting there: Wollondilly Cave is located near the visitor centre in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Wollondilly Cave tours are available at 1pm every day and at 10.30am on weekends. The cave is closed on 24 December and Christmas Day.

Wombeyan cabins (2 bedrooms, up to 6 people)

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area
  • Only cabin 9 has a ramp

Wombeyan Cabins in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Take advantage of this secluded little spot and book a weekend away in one of the cosy cabins at Wombeyan Caves. You’ll find plenty of time to relax during the weekend, in between exploring the caves, watching wildlife and bushwalking that is.

The cabins are self-contained, so all you need to bring is some linen and delicious food, which you can prepare to enjoy in the beautiful surrounds.

Whether you come with friends to relax, or bring the whole family for a bit of good quality time in nature, it’s a great place to be.

Activities: walking

Getting there: Wombeyan cabins are at the eastern side of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, opposite the campground.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Bookings: Bookings are required.

Please contact Wombeyan Caves Visitor Centre for information on current fees.

Contact: Wombeyan Caves, Phone: 02 4843 5976

Cabin 5 in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Local vegetation around Wombeyan Cabins in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Kitchen/dining area in Cabin 5 at Wombeyan Caves, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Geological feature in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)

Wombeyan Caves campground

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • There is an amenities block that is wheelchair accessible

Love the idea of sleeping in the great outdoors but like the convenience of amenities at your fingertips? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Wombeyan Caves campground.

This large campground is perfect for caravans and motor homes, and offers easy access for people using wheelchairs. Your campsite will be close to all the attractions in the park, and there’s a communal kitchen, as well as fire places so you can toast marshmallows. You’re bound to welcome a hot shower at the end of a hard day’s exploring.

It can be a popular place, especially during school holidays, so you’ll need to book in advance to secure your campsite if you’re planning to bring a caravan or camper trailer.

Activities: walking

Getting there: Wombeyan campground is at the eastern side of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, situated on the banks of the Wombeyan Creek, opposite the camper’s kitchen and Cabin Park.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated), flush toilets, hot showers, amenities block, drinking water, fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Other facilities: Communal kitchen with dining room, stove, barbecues, fridge, urn, tables and chairs

Camping fees: Please contact the campground office for fee information.

Bookings: Contact the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve NPWS office on (02) 4843 5976

Contact: Wombeyan Caves, Phone: 02 4843 5976

Wombeyan Caves dormitories (6 bedrooms, up to 8 people)

Dormitories in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Nestled in a secluded valley on the banks of Wombeyan Creek, Wombeyan Caves dormitories offer a great opportunity to get out amongst nature without sacrificing the comforts of home. Providing rustic accommodation on a scale ideally suited for large groups, the dormitories are situated in the scenic Wombeyan Caves Karst, between Goulburn and Mittagong.

Surrounded by bushland, you’ll most likely wake to birdsong and the sounds of the forest. After a hearty breakfast it’s time to explore the underground wonderland with a range of cave tours. There’s bush walking, swimming, mountain biking, paddling and canyoning for the adventurous and the little ones will love the nearby children’s playground.

With all that exercise, the campers kitchen and dining room will be well-used while feeding the hungry hoards. The dormitories are perfectly suited for families, community groups, overseas visitors, and schools, who are seeking an easy budget accommodation option.

Activities: paddling, canyoning, adventure caving, liloing, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Getting there: Wombeyan Caves dormitories are in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve.

To get there from the west:

  • Exit Hume Highway at Goulburn
  • Follow Tablelands Way through Taralga
  • Take the Wombeyan Caves turnoff and drive for 23km
  • Preferred route for buses and caravans

To get there from the east:

  • Exit Hume Highway at Mittagong
  • Drive through the western edge of town to Wombeyan Caves Road
  • Drive for 67km along partially sealed road
  • This road is not suitable for towing caravans or trailers

To get there from the north:

  • Follow Tablelands Way from Oberon (all sealed)
  • Take the Wombeyan Caves Road turnoff and drive for 23km (both unsealed and sealed)

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: accommodation

Accommodation fees: $65 per room a night or $10 per person for groups.

Bookings: Contact Wombeyan Caves NPWS office on (02) 4843 5976.

Contact: Wombeyan Caves, Phone: 02 4843 5976

Wombeyan picnic area

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area

Your lunch guests could be some friendly kangaroos at Wombeyan picnic area. Set by Wombeyan Creek and shaded by towering she-oaks, it’s a lovely spot to take a break while you’re exploring the caves and spectacular landscape in the area.

Bring your own supplies for the barbecues, or grab a snack and some drinks at the kiosk in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve Visitor Centre, where you can also buy tickets for cave tours.

Victoria Arch is just a five-minute walk away, or you could follow Mares Forest Creek walking track, where you can have a swim on the way to Tinted Cave.

Activities: picnics and barbecues

Getting there: Wombeyan picnic area is adjacent to Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve Visitor Centre.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: picnic tables, amenities block, gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated), fire rings (bring your own firewood), cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, electric power, lookout, public phone, flush toilets, trackhead/access point, visitor centre