Apr
23
2012

Stunning stalactites on a Tasmania caving adventure

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If you have always wanted to experience the secret world of caving, Mole Creek Karst National Park could be the perfect destination for your next adventure holiday.

There are more than 300 caves and sinkholes dotted throughout the park – but it is perhaps most famous for King Solomons and Marakoopa Cave, both of which offer unique caving experiences and are open to the public.

Marakoopa Cave is home to a fascinating glow worm display – the largest of its kind in Australia accessible to the public. It is interesting to note that glow worms are not worms at all – these creatures are the larvae of insects that are similar to mosquitoes and the glowing appearance is caused by their digestive systems.

Glow worms aren't the only unique species you might spot in these caves – you may also be fortunate enough to see ancient mountain shrimp (sometimes referred to by their scientific name of Anaspides), as well as harvestmen or Tasmanian cave spiders. These creatures are sustained by the streams that run through the cave, bringing with them other insects and plant material.

By contrast, King Solomons Cave is comparatively dry – although the limestone formations and richly-coloured rocks here are evidence that a stream did flow through the cave at one time.

You can take guided tours of both caves – admission costs $19 per cave tour for adults, and $9.50 for children between the ages of four and 17. Concession charges and family passes are also available.

Tours of both caves are scheduled throughout the day, and you should allow approximately 45 minutes to view each site. It is also important to note that if you plan to visit both caves in a single day, it takes approximately 15 minutes to travel by car between King Solomons Cave and Marakoopa Cave.

Stream flowing to cave - pure above, pure below

Aragonite cluster from Ghengis Khan section of Mole Creek Cave

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