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21 Incredible Australian Caves

Sometimes, it pays to do a bit of digging...

Australia has a wealth of fascinating cave systems, many of which are easily accessible to the public and often complete with guided tours.

It's time to head underground and explore an almighty assortment of captivating caves.

Margaret River in WA has an extensive caves system. More below. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Caves in NSW

1. Jenolan Caves, near Oberon

One of Australia’s most famous cave systems, this Blue Mountains wonder is also among the country's most striking. Eleven limestone caves boast a plethora of enthralling features and there are ample tour options to witness it all. 

Stay at: Ingenia Holidays Avina or Ingenia Holidays Sydney Hills.

Jenolan Caves are one of the best in Australia. Credit: Destination NSW.

2. Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve, near Orange

An area that escapes much attention, this reserve is home to a string of ancient limestone caves as well as native wildlife. Arch Cave is the standout and is bursting with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and more. The reserve is 100km east of Forbes.

3. Careys Cave, Wee Jasper

This gem, located in the Yass sub-region, has appeal both above ground and underground. Head below to view gobsmacking crystal formations or stay above the surface to witness extraordinary examples of ‘fluting’ (a weathering effect).

Careys Cave is filled with jaw-dropping formations. Credit: Don Fuchs/Destination NSW.

4. Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve, near Bathurst

A sequence of outstanding features, including the southern hemisphere’s largest natural arch, makes this reserve a must-visit. While here, learn about the area’s captivating link with bushrangers. The reserve is 75km from Bathurst.

Stay at: NRMA Bathurst.

5. Wellington Caves, Wellington

Cathedral and Gaden caves are the headliners here and are both impressive creations. View stunning calcite crystal formations and take the opportunity to tour a phosphate mine while you’re at it. Wellington is 90km east of Mudgee.

Stay at: BIG4 Mudgee.

There's plenty to admire at Wellington Caves. Credit: Destination NSW.

6. Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, near Goulburn

A series of spectacular show caves can be explored within Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve: these limestone creations are estimated to be between 400 and 430 million years old. The reserve is 75km north of Goulburn.

Stay at: BIG4 Governor's Hill, Goulburn.

7. Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park

Uncover ancient limestone caves that are dominated by dazzling decorations, located in a park that teems with exquisite landscapes. Guided and self-guided tours are available.

Yarrangobilly Caves are simply stunning. Credit: Destination NSW.

Caves in NT

8. Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, near Katherine

Delve into glorious limestone caves and unmask abundant stalagmites and stalactites while keeping watch for bats and harmless brown tree snakes that call this area home. This is the Northern Territory’s only publicly accessible tropical limestone cave.

Stay at: BIG4 Breeze – Katherine.

Explore more amazing natural attractions in NT here.

Cutta Cutta Caves are glorious limestone creations. Credit: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.

Caves in QLD

9. Capricorn Caves, near Rockhampton

Capricorn Caves defy the norm – these limestone treasures are located above ground. An interesting selection of flora and fauna, various tour options and events, and wheelchair accessible caves make this a visitor attraction with broad appeal. The caves are 30km north of Rockhampton and 45km west of Yeppoon.

Stay at: NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon or Island View Holiday Park.

Capricorn Caves are actually located above ground. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

10. Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, Chillagoe

All sorts of mind-boggling features ensure these limestone caves make for a gripping sight. View stalactites and stalagmites, columns and calcite crystals, and much more. The caves are not the only gems to see at this prized national park – check out captivating creations such as Balancing Rock as well as Aboriginal rock art. Find the caves 210km west of Cairns.

Chillagoe-Mungana Caves deservedly steal a piece of the spotlight. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Caves in SA

11. Engelbrecht Cave, Mt Gambier

First explored in the 1880s, this attraction features a series of limestone caves that is located below the city. Learn about this detailed cave system and why the site has immense appeal for divers.

Stay at: BIG4 Blue Lake.

12. Tantanoola Caves, Tantanoola

This beauty features incredible speleothems (cave deposits) that show off wonderful pink and brown hues. Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park is 30km west of Mt Gambier.

Stay at: BIG4 Blue Lake.

Tantanoola Caves bursts with colour and intrigue. Credit: Rhisang Alfarid.

13. Naracoorte Caves, Naracoorte

Completing the trifecta of caves found within South Australia’s Limestone Coast region, this Naracoorte gem offers a jaw-dropping experience. Gaze in awe at majestic stalactites and stalagmites and uncover ancient fossils that are so significant the site has earned World Heritage status.

Stay at: BIG4 Naracoorte.

See more amazing scenic attractions in SA here.

Naracoorte Caves are World Heritage listed. Credit: JiaJun See.

Caves in TAS

14. Gunns Plains Cave, Gunns Plains

Calcite shawls and glow-worms are among the eye-catching features to be found within this popular cave. Interpretive guided tours of this attraction make for an entertaining experience. Gunns Plains Cave is 30km south of Ulverstone.

Stay at: BIG4 Ulverstone.

15. Hastings Caves State Reserve, Hastings

Newdegate Cave is the star attraction in these parts and this dolomite beauty is the largest of its kind in the country. While here, take advantage of the reserve’s thermal springs pool, which is especially appealing in the cooler months. The caves are 100km southwest of Hobart.

Newdegate Cave is the star attraction at Hastings Caves State Reserve. Credit: Lauren Bath.

16. Mole Creek Karst National Park, Mole Creek

More than 300 caves and sinkholes dominate this area, highlighted by King Solomons and Marakoopa caves. Both are packed with outstanding features, and Marakoopa’s dazzling glow-worm display is not to be missed. Mole Creek is 75km from Launceston.

Want more of Tassie? See astounding Apple Isle sights here.

Mole Creek boasts hundreds of caves and sinkholes. Credit: Tourism Australia/Graham Freeman.

Caves in VIC

17. Buchan Caves Reserve, Buchan

A succession of limestone caves is found in this Gippsland location, headed by Fairy and Royal caves. Royal Cave possesses extravagant calcite-rimmed pools that make for a magnificent sight. The reserve is 55km north of Lakes Entrance.

Stay at: BIG4 Waters EdgeBIG4 Whiters and NRMA Eastern Beach in Lakes Entrance.

Looking for more to see and do in Lakes Entrance? It's all here.

Even above ground, Buchan Caves Reserve has its visual highlights.

18. Byaduk Caves, near Hamilton

Regarded as the state’s most extensive lava caves, these treasures are loaded with remarkable features. As far as caves go, this collection is relatively young – estimated to be formed ‘just’ 8000 years ago. The caves are 70km from Port Fairy or 90km from Warrnambool.

Stay at: BIG4 Narrawong IslandBIG4 Port Fairy, NRMA Warrnambool, or Tasman - Warrnambool.

Byaduk Caves are mere babies compared to others on this list.

19. Princess Margaret Rose Cave, Lower Glenelg National Park

Stare in wonder at an assortment of stalactites, stalagmites, and helictites that makes this one of the most impressive caves in Australia. It’s found near the VIC-SA border and roughly 30km from Mt Gambier.

Stay at: BIG4 Blue Lake.

Princess Margaret Rose Cave is as impressive as its name.

Caves in WA

20. Margaret River caves

More than 150 caves are spread across an area known as the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge and a handful of them make for captivating tours. Lake, Jewel, Mammoth and Ngilgi caves – as well as Moondyne Cave (limited hours) – all showcase sparkling individual elements.

Stay at: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret RiverBIG4 Bunbury RiversideBIG4 Breeze - BusseltonRAC Busselton Holiday ParkMandalay Holiday ResortTasman - Yallingup Beach or Tasman - Yallingup Caves.

Uncover more sensational sights in South West WA here.

Ngilgi Cave is one of the headliners in these parts. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

21. Crystal Cave, Yanchep National Park

More than 400 caves are located within these confines, headed by Crystal Cave. This limestone creation is dominated by striking stalagmites. Yanchep is spotted 55km north of Perth.

Stay at: BIG4 Perth Midland or Perth Central Caravan Park.

Glittering find: Crystal Cave.

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