May
18
2013

Plunge into darkness exploring Tasmania’s caves

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Do underwater rivers, spacious caverns littered with stalactites and stalagmites, and enchanting sea caves sound like something you want to explore?

Then make sure to explore the caves of Tasmania, offering unforgettable sights and loads of adventure!

Here are a few popular caves that you can visit in your Tasmanian journey.

Gunns Plains Caves

Take a guided tour of the Gunns Plains Caves, located in Tasmania’s north west, witnessing sparkling crystals and amazing cave formations!

The cave is renowned for its astounding formations including flowstones and calcite shawls – as well as a magnificent glow-worm display.

Gunns Plains Caves was formed by an underground river, that to this day still flows, containing freshwater fish, eels and crayfish.

Tours run daily from 10:00 to 15:30, with a 275 m long tour route through the caves.

All TripAdvisor reviews for the Gunns Plains Caves have been given the top rating of excellent – so this is one Tasmanian attraction that you must visit!

Mole Creek Caves

Summer or winter, the climate never changes inside the Mole Creek Caves, so it’s a perfect place to visit year round. Temperature is 9 degrees, so dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Best thing is, there are two cave systems to choose from with three different tours to enjoy.   Marakoopa Cave – This highly decorated cave features two different tours.

Underground Rivers and Glow-worms Tour (10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm daily, plus an additional 4.00 pm tour between 1 Oct – 31 May). Visit the lower chamber and be dazzled by its sparkling crystals, reflection pools, stalactites and stalagmites. Take time to listen to the music of underground streams and soak up the silence of abandoned river passages. This easy tour caters for all age groups and levels of fitness.

Great Cathedral and Glow-worms Tour (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm daily)
The magnificent cavern known as the ‘Great Cathedral’ is a highlight not to be missed. The ‘Gardens’ feature delicate formations and beautiful colours. Medium fitness levels are required for this tour, to ascend the stairway to the ‘Great Cathedral’.

And the nearby King Solomons Cave – Tours 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm daily, plus additional tours at 10.30 am and 4.30 pm from 1 Dec – 30 Apr.

This compact cave features lavish colours and formations, with sparkling calcite decorating the chambers. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Hastings Caves

Located 125 km south of Hobart, the Hastings Caves started to form around 40 million years ago, but were undiscovered until 1917 when timber workers came upon an entrance.

Australia’s largest tourism cave, the Newdegate Cave, is also located in this region with visitors able to explore the underground wonders in a guided tour.

You’ll be introduced to unique features of the cave, as well as the species that inhabit the area, fauna and its history.

Make sure to bring along your swimming gear, with a thermal pool filled with warm (28 degrees celsius) water located near the cave.

There is also a souvenir shop and cafe if you’re feeling a little hungry during your journey.

The amazing caves at Mole Creek

Glow Worms in the Mole Creek Cave System - Image Credit: Thibaut (Melbourne based Asian blogger)

Hastings Caves Thermal Pool - Image Credit: Event Seeker

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