31 August 2020

Wombeyan Caves tourist attraction receives $9.6 million makeover

| Hannah Sparks
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From left: John Stafford, Dave Lonergan, Ange Lonergan, Wendy Tuckerman, Colleen Worthy, Dave Crust standing in Wombeyan Caves.

From left: Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Stafford; Wombeyan Caves staff members Dave Lonergan and Ange Lonergan; Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman; Upper Lachlan Shire Council general manager Colleen Worthy; and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service director of national parks, southern region, Dave Crust. Photo: Supplied.

The NSW Government has announced a $9.6 million upgrade to facilities at the popular Wombeyan Caves tourist attraction and in Mares Forest National Park.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman made the announcement on Friday, 21 August.

The cave upgrade will include new cabin accommodation, interpretative signage, amenities, a cafe and bookable function area.

The funding from the NSW Environment and Tourism Fund will also improve pathways and roads in the national park, which was heavily impacted by the Green Wattle Creek bushfire in December 2019 and January 2020.

Mr Barilaro said the funding should boost visitor numbers to Wombeyan Caves.

“For many, Wombeyan Caves brings to mind fond memories of childhood holidays, but this well-loved tourism attraction is due for a modern facelift that will mean families continue to visit and make memories for many years to come,” he said.

“Local businesses are excited about the prospect of a transformation for this popular attraction with all the infrastructure required to accommodate greater numbers of tourists in the region.

“This makeover will also open up a number of opportunities for corporate tours and group bookings through nature-based tourism activities and events such as concerts within the caves.”

Ms Tuckerman said the upgrades will provide an improved visitor experience from the moment a tourist enters the park to the second they rest their head on a pillow. Importantly, this will all be while preserving the unique environmental features of the site.

“These upgrades will allow more people to safely and sustainably enjoy what nature has to offer while also encouraging more overnight stays and return visits, which supports local jobs and businesses that rely on tourism,” she said.

“As well as opening up new opportunities, the precinct will become a nature-based rest-stop for travellers on the drive through the Upper Lachlan Shire and will help showcase the fantastic management practices of our NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.”

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anna Jarrett7:47 pm 01 Apr 21

YES!! This is the best news this year. Wombeyan Caves needs be looked after so that many more generations can enjoy visiting there & learning about our amazing land.

Richard Malik10:43 pm 09 Jan 21

i have been told today thatthere has been extensive damage to pathways at the caves. Th walks to the gorge and the waterfall are non-operational, the wiring in all he caves are non-functional after fires/floods, and that the junction cave is unlikely ever to be electrified again. There is apparently asbestos in the road in several places currently . So people are coming to the camp ground – but there is nothing they can do. Can someone investigate how this picture contrasdts with what this article says. Can we have a status report on whats happening now, and what is planned. They have had 1 year to the day since the fires – whats been done to get the caves going again. Most locals (I am one) think its a joke.

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