Due to 110km winds and heavy rain our plans to climb the summit of Mt.Kosciuszko have been pushed back a day. With the change of plans we drove 45 minutes out from Thredbo Village to the next township called Jindabyne were we had breakfast at Birchwood Cafe. After breakfast we set off to Yarrangobilly caves which was a two and a half hour drive. Leaving Jindabyne town we had amazing views of the lake which looks like it is a scene pulled out of one of the Jane Austin movies.
After a few hours on the Snowy Mountain highway we arrived at the caves around 1:30pm and noticed we had just missed out on the guided cave tours by roughly 30 minutes. We went into the visitor centre to see if there were were any caves we could walk through. Luckily we could go on a self-guided tour through the South Glory Cave. The entry fee was $22.00 per person plus an additional $4.00 for our vehicle.
After getting our tickets and jumping back in the car we drove less than a minute from the visitor centre to the Glory Hole car-park. From the car-park we made our way through an avenue of vibrant green elm trees which led us to a narrow pathway which followed the cliff faces. After 10 minutes of walking we walked around the last bend on the track and we were confronted by a huge hole in the cliff face which was the entrance of the cave.
Surprisingly we were experiencing sunny warm weather compared to what we had been earlier that day. It was a warm 17 degrees and the wind wasn’t a bother as we were quite low down in the valley. But the temperature very quickly plummeted as soon as we set foot into the cave. It felt like someone had turned the air conditioner on for a few minutes. But after walking a further 20 metres into the cave the temperature returned to a more comfortable heat. It took us about 45 minutes to walk through the South Glory Cave. It was a easy walk with a lot of beautiful limestone karst formations. We really took our time to capture a few photos and to enjoy our tour.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs