Gunns Plains Caves: Discover the Magic

by Michelle Kneipp Pegler

There’s a hidden gem below the scenic valley of Gunns Plains, that’s been attracting visitors for many years.  It’s the Gunns Plains Caves and it was one of the earliest cave reserves in Tasmania being proclaimed a state reserve in 1918.  You’ll find these magical caves 25km south of Ulverstone in Tasmania’s beautiful north west.

Gunns Plains Caves - North West Tasmania
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Discover the magic of the Gunns Plains Caves in the north west of Tasmania

Cave Tour: A Glowing Endorsement

Gunns Plains Caves are renowned for their outstanding cave formations including calcite shawls and flowstones.  You can also see a lovely display of glow-worms.  An underground river that still flows formed these limestone caves and it’s a nice accompanying sound as you ramble along the walkways.  You may even catch a glimpse of Tasmanian wildlife:  a giant fresh-water crayfish, eel or even a platypus.

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The limestone caves include an underground river and glow worms

Gunns Plains Caves - Discover the Magic
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Discover the magic of Gunns Plains Caves, hidden underground in north west Tasmania

Arriving at the caves reserve you will find a picnic area with barbeque facilities, tables and car parking area.  It’s a short 30-metre walk down into the cave entrance, where you will be greeted at the office by the delightful Trish and Geoff who run the caves.  These guys sure know how to give an informative, memorable and fun cave tour!

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Take a cave tour with Trish and Geoff and discover the underground magic of Gunns Plains

At the start of the tour there are 54 concrete steps to descend to get down onto the floor of the caves.  From then on there are a series of very well-maintained, well-lit walkways with railings.  The walkways crisscross through the caves and include a ten-rung, ladder-style set of steps.  Wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended; and the caves are always a pleasant 11 degrees Celsius.

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Well-maintained walkways criss cross through the stunning Gunns Plains Caves

Striking Gold… and Silver!

The formations in this cave are breathtaking.  They include one of the worlds largest ribbon stalactites, an amazing multi-tiered formation of silver-speckled calcite crystals, known as the Wedding Cake.  There’s also a beautiful flowstone nicknamed the Golden Fleece.

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The Wedding Cake, one of the stunning formations in the Gunns Plains Caves

You will discover the names of other interesting formations while on the cave tour.  This is the second time I’ve been on this tour, but I was again bowled over by the exquisiteness of this amazing underground fairyland.  My photos really don’t portray the brilliant beauty of these caves… you just have to visit in person to discover the magic for yourself.

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Visit the Gunns Plains Caves for the chance to discover the magic for yourself

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Discover the magic! That’s what Trish & Geoff promise for this cave tour

The Gunns Plains Caves are open seven days a week (closed Christmas Day).  You can contact Trish and Geoff Deer on (03) 6429 1388 or email Gunns Plains Caves to confirm tour times.

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Visit Geoff and Trish in the north west of Tasmania for a memorable experience

Gunns Plains Caves tour times are generally…

10.00am ~ 11.00am ~ 12.00pm ~ 1.30pm ~ 2.30pm ~ 3.30pm

Cave tour times may be at visitor capacity due to cruise ship passengers from Burnie, so a prior booking would be advisable.

Gunns Plains Caves - Ancient Formations
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See the stunning, ancient formations hidden underground in the Gunns Plains valley

Michelle Kneipp Pegler writes a blog called Leven River Farm
as well as articles like this about the north west coast of Tasmania.
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