|Location:||77km from Tumut, 109km from Cooma. 6.5km dirt road, in good order and well maintained.|
|Open:||All year daily 11, 13. Closed Christmas Day. |
|Fee:||Adults AUD 13, Children AUD 8.50. Vehicle Park Entry Fee AUD 3. |
|Guided tours:||L=135m, St=217, D=90min.|
|Address:||Yarrangobilly Caves, P.O.Box 472, Tumut. NSW. 2720, Tel: +61-64-54-9597, Fax: +61-64-54-9598. E-mail:|
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|1861||Jersey Cave discovered by graziers.|
|1891||Jersey Cave explored by Charles Kerry and named after the Governor of New South Wales, Lord Jersey.|
|1892||Jersey Cave opened to the public by Lord Jersey.|
Jersey Cave is definitely the main cave at Yarrangobilly. The 1.5 hours tour includes 217 steps and many interesting gray and black speleothems. The cave is estimated to be 750,000 years old.
Jersey Cave was named after the Governor of New South Wales, Lord Jersey. He opened it to the public only one year after its exploration.
The speleothems of this cave are an important archive of the local climate. The bush fires are rather rare at Yarrangobilly, because of the comparably high moisture of the area. There was a fire in 2003, and before in 1909. Those fires are recorded in the cave, as it traps bushfire smoke more than any other cave in Australia. There is a visual record of bushfires for almost 500,000 years. Carbon layers in the speleothems, which are quite attractive, are also important to climatologists. The carbon is dated with the C14-method, telling the scientists about four distinct periods during which fires took place. The first was 440,000 years ago, the last ended 18,000 years ago. This periods were several thousand years long, but widely spaced with periods without fires. Typically the fires appear during inter-glacial periods, times of relatively high temerature.