Wombeyan Caves Tourism Project

Revitalising the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve visitor precinct.

Lookout view Wombeyan Caves, part of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Colong Sector Wombeyan Karst Conservation ReserveThis picturesque valley is located 190 km south-west of Sydney. This special place, located on the traditional lands of the Gundungurra people, is known for its remarkable karst formations and is also a destination for family holidaymakers and day visitors.

The Wombeyan Caves Tourism Project will revitalise Wombeyan Caves as a feature tourism destination in the Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands regions of New South Wales.

Situated within proximity of Sydney and Canberra, it will appeal to those seeking a day trip or short break in this unique destination.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has upgraded infrastructure at Wombeyan Caves visitor precinct to improve accessibility and better support the range of accommodation (camping and cabins) and nature-based activities on offer. Improved services and amenities will increase the site's potential for events appropriate to this location.

National Parks and Wildlife Service worked with a specialist design team to develop the scope of works for the project. This work is now nearing completion and will:

  • improve visitor arrival and safety, with upgrades to the on-park roads, improved parking arrangements including accessible parking, and upgrading wayfinding across the site
  • upgrade visitor facilities including improving the ticket office, kiosk, amenities and picnic facilities
  • improve accessibility from the day use area into Victoria Arch including a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform
  • improve accommodation by revitalising amenities and improving access, upgrading camping area facilities, and providing additional powered sites.

People visiting Fig Tree Cave, Wombeyan Karst Conservation ReserveThis $9.6 million project is funded through Restart NSW's Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

After the precinct was closed to visitors in July 2022, flood events delayed project delivery, causing damage to walking tracks, roads and other visitor infrastructure in and around the caves.

Major infrastructure works have now been completed and both Upper Lachlan and Wingecarribee Shire councils have started work to improve Wombeyan Caves Road on either side of Wombeyan Caves.   

While Wombeyan Caves remains closed for the duration of council roadworks, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will continue to prepare for the return of visitors by repairing damaged walking tracks and establishing new landscaping such as grass in the camping area.  

Accommodation bookings will reopen once NPWS confirm completion of roadworks with the respective councils. Wombeyan Caves Road access from Taralga Road will remain the recommended route into Wombeyan Caves for camper trailer and caravan access.

The NSW Government is delivering its largest investment in national parks history with more than $450 million for over 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the State.

It builds on the $17.9 billion and 74,000 jobs national parks already contribute annually to the State's economy and is supporting NSW communities to recover in the wake of droughts, bushfires, floods, and the pandemic.

The Wombeyan Caves Tourism Project has refreshed and upgraded this iconic tourism attraction in the Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands regions, delivering economic benefits to surrounding areas.

Improving access and infrastructure for recreation, events and accommodation at Wombeyan Caves will provide jobs and opportunities for commercial operators and businesses to develop new visitor experiences and services.

People visiting Fig Tree cave, Wombeyan Karst Conservation ReserveThe Wombeyan Caves Tourism Project protects the unique values of the reserve, including conservation of the karst system, sustainable visitor use and enjoyment.

Environmentally sustainable design was an important criteria for this project.

Detail is provided in the Wombeyan Caves Visitor Precinct Plan (December 2021) and the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve Review of Environmental Factors and decision statement.

Tourist at the Visitor information Centre Wombeyan Karst Conservation ReservePlanning for this project has involved key stakeholders, including traditional owners, the local community, and other experts, to ensure the project delivers the visitor experiences, ecological and cultural heritage outcomes.

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