If you are looking for an adventure to suit even young children then Borenore Caves might work well for you. This fascinating area can also offer longer walks, great beauty, plus a place to simply enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.
Officially known as the Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve, the area is managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. It is important to check the NPWS website before a visit in case of closures or other events.
Please note that currently the caves themselves at Borenore are not open to the public, due to Covid-19 restrictions. However the picnic area, walks and views can still be enjoyed.
Read the NPWS website page here.
From the road, drive down the unsealed track until you come to the car parking area, there are toilets here. Beside the car park is a very large grassy area with huge trees, a delightful spot to picnic, use the BBQs and play games.
On the left side, you will see signs to the Arch Cave, this is just a short 0.7km loop walk, easy for little legs or if you are carrying babies and toddlers. You walk up some steps to enter the cave itself. This is a large cave, which you can walk right through.
Young children might find this all a bit scary, it is wise to take a torch and to wear good shoes rather than sandals or thongs. The cave and surrounds are very beautiful, it is remarkable that such a short walk can take you to somewhere quite magnificent.
Another awe-inspiring cave is a 3.5km walk away from the western end of the main car parking area. Most of the 7km return walk is flat, there is just one fairly long and gentle hill to walk up and down. The Verandah Cave is huge, with a river running alongside it. There are information boards explaining when the cave was carved from the rock and pointing out evidence of other caves from when the sea level was much higher.
Along the way to the Verandah Cave you will pass signs to the very Tunnel Cave. Warning! Do not enter this cave without a torch as it is dangerous and not for beginners. Be very careful if you explore this cave, especially if the river has a lot of water running.
Back at the car park there are interpretative boards which explain exactly what karst limestone is and how the caves were formed. This really is a top spot for families to visit with a deep tranquility, and wonderful scenery that is easily accessible, plus opportunities to really stretch the legs.
Where are Borenore Caves? 17km north west of Orange on the Escort Way.
What else is nearby? Hillside Harvest Farm Store and Café is close, here you can pick fruit in season, enjoy the café and buy local produce.