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Trekkie heaven: a Klingon cave tour

15:30 AEST Fri Aug 19 2011
The Jenolan Caves is Australia's most outstanding cave system. It has 11 spectacular show caves, pure underground rivers, natural arches and amazing formations. The caves are in a huge nature reserve forming part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

They were known to the local Aboriginal population as 'Binoomea' for thousands of years. The Aboriginal word 'Jenolan' was adopted in 1884. European involvement officially began in 1838 but folklore has it that convict and outlaw James McKeown used them as a hideout before then.

These days there are self-guided tours and armed with audio handsets, cavers can hear all about them in twelve languages. Children's versions are available.

The drive to Jenolan was doubly rewarding for Jules. He doesn't mind a bit of caving and he is a long-time fan of Star Trek and if you are puzzled by the connection, an excited Jules told us there were Klingon Tours at the caves.

Star Trek debuted in 1966 and followed the interstellar adventures of James T Kirk and the crew of a 23rd century galactic exploration vessel — the Starship Enterprise.

Its impact goes far beyond its longevity and profitability. Star Trek conventions have become popular, and fans have coined the term 'Trekkie' to describe themselves. Others prefer the term 'Trekkers'.

Klingons are a fictional warrior race in the Star Trek universe. The recurring humanoid villains from the 1960s television show have appeared in all five spin-of series and eight feature films. They have their own guttural language including some William Shakespeare and part of the Bible translated into their guttural tongue.

The Jenolan Caves Klingon Tour boldly goes where no other tour has gone before. It's the first legitimate Klingon in the world and word is spreading around the world. Klingon scholars from the United States translated the guide to make things a little easier for those curious but not fluent in the language.

The tour goes through several sections of Jenolan including the Grand Arch, Devil's Coach House and Nettle Cave. You are guided step-by-step in authentic Hol, the Klingon language. It takes around an hour and was the brainchild of Dan Cove and fellow Trekkie James Brady.

If you're not into Star Trek, there are plenty of other tours available. 'Myths, Legends and Ghosts', 'Aladdin' and 'Plughole' are a few on offer. There are also activities for all ages and fitness levels and a range of accommodation for all budgets.

Location

Jenolan Caves, three hours west of Sydney.

Cost

Jenolan Klingon Tours are $30 for adults, $20 for children and $70 for families. They include a self- guided tour in Klingon language, a guided show cave tour and return visit offer of 50 percent off most cave tours, valid for 12 months. Tours operate every day.

Virgin Australia has one-way flights to Sydney:

  • Brisbane and Melbourne $109
  • Adelaide $139
  • Perth $219

The fares are available for a limited time only so log on to www.vaustralia.com.au for further details.

Prices correct at 20.08.2011.

For further information

Virgin Australia
Ph: 13 6789
www.vaustralia.com.au

Jenolan Caves
Jenolan Caves Road
Jenolan 2790
Ph: 1300 763 311
www.jenolancaves.org.au

User comments
As humans have no honour and most of them are just petaQ's anyway, so you would expect a poor attempt at an explination about klingons. However the Translation from KAG members (Klingon Assault Group) is excellent and the tour is worthy of song and story! Qapla" Imperial Marine Maj. Kut'luch vestai-Gen'tok Epitai of the house Gen'tok Commander SunDragon Fleet IKAV Dragons Claw SDF Strike Force Marines SDF KAG Australia
Klingons do have honour. Check out Star Fleet Battles.
It would be nice if someone who was attempting to give a background on the 'Star Trek' universe and its inhabitants actually did some research. As interesting as the cave tour experience sounds, this article was ruined by inadequate research and ham-fisted attempts at contextualising content writers are unfamiliar with. "The humanoids have ridged foreheads and have little honour." For future reference, the latter part of this statement is entirely incorrect. If you are attempting to entice people familiar with a particular field to a getaway of any sort, I would recommend checking your copy before publishing. Sincerely, G. W. Hill
KLINGONS have much honour pa'tuk !!!! The targ that wrote this should research more carefully or risk being beam ed into space....
To Dan Cove and James Brady, Kah-Plah! (Success!) with your Klingon Cave Tours.

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