CAVES...where are all the good ones?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 18:32
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We will be off on an extended tour soon and love checking out various caves.
We have done "Cutta Cutta" near Katherine and Jenolan, also walked Tunnel Creek 30 years ago although it's not technically a cave.
Any ideas out there as we will be going pretty much right around the block
Cheers Ray
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:39

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:39
This would be a good category to add to the "places" list on this site. I thought for sure it would be in there but alas....nothing.

Undarra Lava Tubes would have to be high on a "must see" caves list I would think.

Enjoy the lap around the block, ya lucky bugger.
Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:24

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:24
Yeah thanks Trevor
Forgot to mention already done Undarra and what an experience even if it is getting a bit hexy
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:55

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:55
Trev
After seeing all the replies below, you are right about having caves as a category in "Places"

Cheers Ray
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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:51

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:51
Undarra Tubes Great the camp ground was great, but I will never open my wallet to those rude unprofessional people again.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:40

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:40
Ray

Some nice caves in the vicinity of Margaret River, WA.

Also some interesting limestone caves around Alice Springs but they are not commonly known


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:26

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:26
Thanks Willem, I will probably chase up "Hairy" when we get to Alice as he may have the lowdown on where they are
Cheers Ray
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:49

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:49
There is a nice cave next to 'Hairys' house. Its called the BEER Cave......hahahahahaha

If Hairy does'nt know I can give you some indication or put you on to someone when you get to the Alice.


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:57

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:57
Will be doing the Innaminca gathering first so will pick your brains when we meet up there
Ray
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:45

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:45
Hi Ray,
Nullarbor caves are worth checking out. Cocklebiddy cave, about 10km NW of Cocklebiddy Roadhouse is easily accessible. Not sure, but Weebubbie Cave, about 8km west of Eucla Roadhouse has probably had access closed off, but was great to check out. If one had an inflatable boat, one could go some distance through Weebubbie without getting lost. These caves are "dead"; ie have no stalactites, but are very interesting to explore. Water is about 30-40m below the surface. Similarly, the blowholes out there connect to huge underground caverns, blowing most of the day as outside air pressure equalises with the underground pressure, and there are lots between Eucla and Caiguna.
There are some great caves open to the public in the region between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in SW WA.
Cheers,
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:30

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:30
Thanks Gerry
Have made a note of the above for future reference, hope I don't lose the cook in one of them blowholes. LOL
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Reply By: rredbeak - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:50

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 19:50
theres a massive cave system on the macintyre falls road in ashford northern nsw. theyre self guided so take plenty of batteries ok...cheers... Rod
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:38

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:38
Thanks Rod, seems I may need more time to check out all the options
Ray
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:54

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:54
"massive" is not a word i would use in that sentence.....100m at best IIRC.

Andrew
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Reply By: mfewster - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:01

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:01
Yarrangabilly (hope I got the spelling right) up in the Snowy are really good. There is also a big thermally heated swimming pool in the complexthat is great all through the year.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:34

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:34
Yer.... Just don't fall for the trap I did, think it would be a nice place to spend some time for a romantic skinny dip mid winter with SWMBO ( she was only casual skirt back then)... The thermal pool is crowded even after dark when no one is in the Park....
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Follow Up By: mfewster - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:38

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:38
Hmm Mr Fawlty. There must be something about those caves. Without going into all the details, my SWMBO and myself sort of became a regular item following a visit to the very same place. Poppy may (or may not) decide that this system should definitely be avoided.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 15:18

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 15:18
Ha ha ha.... And here am I thinking I'm the only one to try and behave in a "socially unacceptable" way in the warm waters...
And PLEASE share all the details with us, Just curious if there were any stalagtites or Stalagmites in the water...
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Follow Up By: mfewster - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 16:40

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 16:40
I have just had the most terrifying thought. It was very dark. We were very inebriated. The wife has always been vague on the details. When were you there?
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Reply By: JustT - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:02

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:02
There's some caves In the national park near Chillagoe that wern't bad. Some are guided tour only - others are self explore.

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Reply By: Louie the fly - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:03

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:03
The Punyelroo cave is good (if you can still get in through the shrubbery) and has an interseting legend attached to it. About 100m into the cave, and about 30m or so above river level, there is a massive log inside. Must have been there for many many years. It is well above the 1956 flood level.
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:45

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:45
Just Googled Punyelroo and seems the graffiti vandals have left their mark on this system, bloody shame
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Reply By: stevie1947 - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:24

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:24
Check out the Naracoorte caves in SE SA. Fantastic sites.
Also the Capricorn Caves at Rockhampton QLD.
Enjoy the trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:46

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:46
Thanks Steve
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Follow Up By: John R (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:40

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:40
The Naracoorte caves are pretty damn good, and (I am pretty sure) world heritage listed.
Definitely worth a look if in the region.
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:29

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:29
Bungonia Caves (turn of the Hume Hwy at Marulan) take your own gear are worth visiting, Colong Caves are interesting, Abercrombie are worth a look nice camping there as well. The tunnels at Co Chi are worth a look but they have been enlarged for tourists or maybe I have put on some weight....Borenore cave near Orange ( on private property) are just OK....And for Sea caves the caves on the Tollgate islands are spectacular... I'm not sure but the School of Mil Eng at Holsworthy have a tunnel complex, tell the CO you were a sapper and have a squiz...
Let GOOGLE be your guide....
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:48

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:48
Just done the Google thing and now I know I will never have enough time to see even a fraction of what's out there, however the choices are amazing
Cheers Ray
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:22

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:22
The tunnel system is still there at Holsworthy.

Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 15:21

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 15:21
hmmmm but I suspect that they may have shrunk over the years making it imposible for my ingress or egress.....Stuck at SME for eternity....NO Thanks LOL...
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Reply By: bv - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:30

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:30
Buchan Caves in Vic is worth a visit. There is also a campground (powered sites, cannot recall water, laundry and ablutions block) on-site. Can walk to the info centre, short drive or easy walk to the caves, all guided. Could spend some days doing nothing but watching the birds and animals.

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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:30

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:30
Bungonia Caves (turn of the Hume Hwy at Marulan) take your own gear are worth visiting, Colong Caves are interesting, Abercrombie are worth a look nice camping there as well. The tunnels at Co Chi are worth a look but they have been enlarged for tourists or maybe I have put on some weight....Borenore cave near Orange ( on private property) are just OK....And for Sea caves the caves on the Tollgate islands are spectacular... I'm not sure but the School of Mil Eng at Holsworthy have a tunnel complex, tell the CO you were a sapper and have a squiz...
Let GOOGLE be your guide....
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:51

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:51
Buchan Vic

Umpherstone - Mt Gambier

Nelson Vic

Margaret River WA

Werfen Austria (biggest ICE CAVE in the world)

Waitomo Caves NZ Glowworms are amazing

The there are many "open" caves, more like a rock verandah, the best I have seen is Ubirr NT

Ahh I wanna go back there
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Reply By: Steve Ellis - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 22:04

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 22:04
Wombeyan Caves are good in NSW. Road to get there from Mittagong not real good in 1965 but maybe improved since. Some near Southport in TAS are good also.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 00:10

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 00:10
Poppy,

If you are interested I can provide the waypoints of most of the caves in NSW. PM me your email address if you want them.



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Reply By: landed eagle - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:17

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 07:17
The caves south of Hobart are called Hastings Caves. Also some at Mole Creek on the mid north of Tassie. Hastings also has a great thermal pool for a swim.Hope you get to Tas. A REAL trip round the block has to include the island state.Plan at least 6 weeks here though!That will just scratch the surface.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 15:24

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 15:24
And if you get to Hastings drive on a bit and see the Ida Bay Railway, the old Wolseley Rail motor is amazingk
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Reply By: DIO - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 09:02

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 09:02
Naracoorte Caves - WORLD HERITAGE listing. Link Probably something everyone should see in their life-time.
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:06

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 10:06
Cammoweal Caves north Queensland
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