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.
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.
Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers
Below farmlands, with some located in the
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.
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
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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
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Spacious outflow cave being the resurgence of the My Cave
stream, 190 m in length. The cave is well decorated and contains
3D cave with a network of fossil and active stream passages and
daylight holes. Also contain glow-worms colonies.
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
Marakoopa and King
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,
chambers, the Pleasure Dome, and a really sporty section called the
Stalagmite Shuffle. Access is only available to club cavers by permit.
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.
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.