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Caves - Tasmania

There are caves and karst areas found throughout Australia. Check out our listing of caves to be found throughout Australia.

In addition we have listings of local and regional Cave Groups and Clubs, and links to other information about speleology and karst.

Tasmania - Caves

• Links: TAS
Gunns Plains Caves
• Limestone cave system is arguably one of the best and most accessible of the Tasmanian caves. There is an underground river and glow worm displays, with guided tours on the hour.

Kutikina Cave
• Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Mole Creek
• Below farmlands, with some located in the Mole Creek Karst National Park lies the subterranean caves, about 200 of them from tiny spaces to huge cathedral vaults up to 10 km in width, west of Launceston.
  • Cave Pearl at Baldocks CaveBaldocks Cave
    The second cave to be developed for tourist at Mole Creek, opened in 1908. The cave is a complex network of dry abandoned stream passages and lower water sections. Rapid deterioration and competition from Scotts Cave led to its closure after a short period of operation. The cave is recovering with active formation growth. Features of this cave include tree roots, geohistory, rich coloured formations and historic relics. Today, access is restricted via professional guides such as Wild Cave Tours. Click here for more images from Baldocks Cave...
  • Fungal growth on platypus droppings.Croesus Cave
    Discovered in 1896 and named after the legendary Lydian king, by a group of sureyors planning a rail link from the north west to the west coast. This is a large outflow cave over 2 kms long. The cave was first explored by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club in 1947, it is an extremely active streamway passage, with active gour (rimstone) pools, other formations and even evidence of life. Access is only available to limited numbers of club cavers by permit. The cave was gated in 1960 and access is restricted via professional guides such as Wild Cave Tours. Click here for more images from Croesus Cave...
  • Cyclops Cave
    Spacious outflow cave being the resurgence of the “My Cave” stream, 190 m in length. The cave is well decorated and contains abundant fauna.
  • Honeycomb
    A 3D cave with a network of fossil and active stream passages and daylight holes. Also contain glow-worms colonies.
  • My Cave
    An inflow river cave with a steep entrance leading through rockfall to a decorated, sporty rift about 600 m long.

Source: Above Mole Creek Caves - Wild Cave Tours • Email

Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves
• Ph: 03 6363 5182 • Fax: 03 6363 5122
• Managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service, both caves are spectacular and quite different. You can buy single ticket to either cave or a ticket to both cave at a cheaper rate.
  • Marakoopa Cave
    Features two underground streams, a large display of glow-worms, large caverns, rim pools, reflections, shawl and flowstone formations. There are approximately 246 steps (each way), through the cave.
  • King Solomons Cave
    A much smaller cave than Marakoopa, however it is lavishly decorated with shawls, stalactites and stalagmites. This cave is richly-coloured and features calcite crystals known as ‘King Solomons diamonds’. This cave is recommended for those who prefer gentle walks.

Ghengis Khan Cave
• Close to the upper entrance of its bigger and more famous neighbour, Kubla Khan, it contains delicate aragonite formation. Access is only available to club cavers by permit.
Kubla Khan Cave
• An amazing cave with pretties, huge chambers, the Pleasure Dome, and a really sporty section called the Stalagmite Shuffle. Access is only available to club cavers by permit.
Lynd’s Cave
• Close to Croesus, but a different cave. It is an active streamway, but the floor is rocks and gravel, not flowstone and gour pools, with some great formation. Access is only available to club cavers by permit.
Wet Cave
• One of the few non-permit caves at Mole Creek. It is a wide open streamway cave, with little decoration, although there are decoration, well hidden from the main path. This is privately owned and no visitors permitted.
Rocky Cape National Park
• Such is the geology of the area, some of the rocks here are among the oldest in Tasmania, and that over the many billions of years, the coastline has been witness to great changes and still continues to be eroded by the action of water, wind and waves. The most spectacular erosion is that taken place around the caves. Known as sea caves because they were eroded by the sea when it was up to 20 m higher than today, the rocks around Rocky Cape had joints which eroded more rapidly than the surrounding rock, thereby creating caves. When sea levels dropped to where they are today, the caves were left above the shoreline, making them ideal for coastal rock shelters.

North Cave is the most easily-accessible example of the caves. It is about 20 m above sea level. It is amazing to think that caves similar to these are also found beneath the sea, created by wave action when sea levels were lower.
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