Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Mole Creek, Limestone Caves


When planning our trip around Tassie, a mate of ours suggested we visit the caves at Mole Creek. It is 1 hour south of Devonport, and 25 minutes West of Deloraine. There are plenty of caves around Tasmania. We went to some of the lookouts and walks around town and the mountains at Allum Cliffs State Reserve. It was nice but we found no caves.

We went to the information centre. As it turns out they are limestone caves, the really pretty ones, like at Jenolan Caves, Katoomba, NSW. If you want to see them you join a tour. Tours run every half hour and last for an average of 45minutes, so the website says but I'm sure that ours ran longer. There are 3 underground caves accessible for tours, Marakoopa Cave, Great Cathedral Cave, and King Solomon's Cave.

We went in the Great Cathedral Cave. It wouldn't really matter which tour you do, they would all be spectacular. Beautiful colours, sparkling crystals, glow worms, at times complete darkness, (not while walking), under ground creeks and running water, shimmering stalactites, and stalagmites.

Back before the land became a national park, it was privately owned. The Great Cathedral Cave was sometimes used for church. There is a lot of symbolism. Some stalagmites represent the 12 apostles, and Lot's wife who was turned to a pillar of salt and there are other biblical stories. Pretty cool place for Sunday School. Other events have been held in the caves too over time. Music would have superb acoustics!

Happy Travels
- Jeni