Snowy Mountains drawcard reopens after bushfire

Hannah Sparks21 November 2020
Man relaxing in Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool.

A man relaxes in the steaming waters of Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/DPIE.

Parts of Kosciuszko National Park’s popular Yarrangobilly Caves, which closed after a bushfire swept through the area on 4 January, 2020, have reopened.

Jillabenan Cave, the oldest and most accessible cave at Yarrangobilly, reopened on Friday, 20 November.

The thermal pool, a magical swimming spot fed by a natural spring, and South Glory Cave’s astonishing limestone chambers reopened in August.

Yarrangobilly’s above-ground attractions such as walking tracks, lookouts and barbecue areas are also now open.

Tourists inside Yarrangobilly Caves.

Inside Yarrangobilly Caves. Photo: Murray Vanderveer.

Tours of Jillabenan Cave and South Glory Cave are self-guided and bookings are essential.

However, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff hope to commence guided tours of the other caves soon.

A NPWS spokesperson told Region Media that staff have been busy carrying out repairs, maintenance and refurbishing the visitor centre at Yarrangobilly Caves since closing in January.

The spokesperson said at this stage, it’s hard to see any evidence that the fires have affected the caves. However, “any change would only become evident during the years to come”, they said.

Jillabenan Cave stalactites.

Jillabenan Cave stalactites. Photo: E Sheargold.

Visitor numbers to Yarrangobilly Caves have been increasing since spring, with Australians eager to get out and explore their backyard during COVID-19 restrictions.

Accommodation at the caves remains closed and camping is not permitted, however camping is available at the Yarrangobilly Village located on the Snowy Mountains Highway. Bookings are essential.

Lyrebird Cottage will be available for bookings from 4 December, while the 1901 Caves House and 1917 Caves House are expected to reopen to the public in the New Year.

Book online to see Yarrangobilly Caves here.

Entrance to South Glory Cave.

South Glory Cave entrance. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/OEH.

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One Response to Snowy Mountains drawcard reopens after bushfire

Michelle Francis Michelle Francis 6:36 pm 21 Nov 20

Ngarigo country. Cultural sensitive area. KNP are they testing for COVID-19 in the water in the pool?