Fires, now floods close Jenolan Caves to visitors again

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CLOSED: All activities at Jenolan Caves have been temporarily suspended due to torrential rain and flooding. Photo: PAUL TOOLE

CLOSED: All activities at Jenolan Caves have been temporarily suspended due to torrential rain and flooding. Photo: PAUL TOOLE

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Caves House, The Arches, and surrounding buildings impacted by mud slides.

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EXTREME rainfall, flooding and damage in the Jenolan valley have forced the temporary suspension all activities including hotel, cafe, restaurant, cave tours and bushwalks.

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has closed all roads in and out of Jenolan, with the closure expected to last until February 23.

"Our priority, first and foremost, is the safety and wellbeing of our staff and visitors. When conditions are safe, we will resume business as usual," Jenolan Caves posted to social media.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said Jenolan Caves was impacted by the recent bushfires that swept through the area last month, leaving little vegetation on the ground.

CLOSED: All activities at Jenolan Caves have been temporarily suspended due to torrential rain and flooding. Photo: PAUL TOOLE

CLOSED: All activities at Jenolan Caves have been temporarily suspended due to torrential rain and flooding. Photo: PAUL TOOLE

"Now, torrential downpours over the weekend have resulted in mudslides and debris that have impacted caves house, the arches, and surrounding buildings," he said.

"Transport for NSW are working closely with caves staff to restore access to the area, and reopen this popular attraction to tourists and staff.

"Everyone is working as quickly as possible to reopen access and prepare the caves for visitors."

Jenolan Caves apologised via social media for anyone whose holiday arrangements had been affected.

"We will make every effort to contact everyone who has booked with us during this temporary closure," it posted.


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