Sep
14
2011

Hastings Caves an easy drive from Hobart

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One of the best aspects of a holiday in Tasmania is the ease and convenience by which you can take a fantastic variety of daytrips from the island’s cities and towns.

While Hobart, Launceston and Devonport are interesting tourist destinations in their own right, visitors often point to the fact that so many worthwhile places or attractions are just a short drive away.

A perfect example of this is Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs, which is situated about 90 minutes south of Hobart.

After about 40 million years of existence the dolomite caves were discovered by timber workers in 1917 and now offer people the chance to view spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and the more unusual helictites.

Parks and wildlife guides run 45-minute tours of the large cavern beginning at 10:00 daily from September through to April.

The thermal springs pool lies just five minutes from the cave entrance. Here you can take a relaxing swim in the 28 degrees Celsius water while looking up at the surrounding forest.

To enjoy everything this majestic setting has to offer – including a guided tour, entry to the springs and access to the large picnic, barbecue and walking area – purchase The Hastings Experience ticket, which is $24 for adults, $19.20 for concessions and $12 for children.

Hastings Cave © by daecon

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  • admin says:

    Nope – just head down making a full day of it out of Hobart, or stay down in the Huon Valley – we have just heard of a new property in Tasmania’s Far South called The Buttongrass Retreat alongside the Ida Bay Railway near Cockle Creek, where you will experience total solitude, be able to stare skywards for a complete galaxy played back to you. Suggesting that as well as a stay in Hobart exploring down, you consider staying down south and explore UP! Heaps to see and do even at that time of year where you have many crisp blue sky days. You should read this blog item: Hastings Caves an easy drive from Hobart, and it seems you should call by this information, to complete your research. Hope you enjoy planning the rest of your time here. Cheers.

  • David says:

    Intend visiting May/June this year. Do you have to be on an organised tour to go through the caves?

  • admin says:

    Time from Hobart is just a tad over 2 hours. so it is an early rise, breakfast – and leave town by 7.45am to ensure getting down there.

  • Chloe says:

    I am wondering, is it only one tour per day which is 10am during Jan? How long would take to drive from Hobart to Hasting Cave? Please advise around what time should arrive?

  • admin says:

    Ticket prices are $24 for adults, $19.20 for concessions and $12 for children. The price for children is from 5 to 17 years with no age restriction on entry. Children (babies)unable to walk need to be carried as prams can not be accommodated because of the numerous stairs.

  • Tayla Brandon says:

    Hi just wondering how much for an adult and a consession and is it ok for a little child to come along ?

  • Michelle Rose says:

    We are interested in going to Hastings Caves.
    Are we able to go into the caves without booking into a tour?
    If so, how much does it cost?
    How much does it cost to go to the thermal springs?
    With thanks, Michelle

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