The Splendour of the Mole Creek Caves
The Mole Creek Caves can be accessed in less than forty minutes on good roads from Deloraine or Sheffield. It is wise to make this a full day out as there is so much to see and do along the way. We chose a short walk to view the Alum Cliffs but those with families may opt for the Trowunna Wildlife Park. There are also two honey shops in the region: R. Stephens Apiary at Mole Creek and The Honey Farm at Chudleigh.
If you are purchasing tickets to enter the caves, a National Parks pass is not required. The Mole Creek Karst National Park has 300 known caves and sinkholes but only two of these are open to the public.
King Solomons Cave
We visited the King Solomons Cave first and arrived just in time for the guided tour that is suited to all ages and fitness levels. This cave is a fairly dry cave and the guide did an excellent job explaining the various formations of limestone that started to evolve some 400 million years ago.
At present, there are two guided tours at the Marakoopa Cave. One is suited to all ages and fitness levels while the other requires a medium level of fitness. Marakoopa Cave is a wet cave with underground rivers and a damp atmosphere. It is the home for the Tasmanian Cave Spider and Mountain Shrimp as well as having the largest public display of Glow-Worms in Australia.
Mole Creek Caves Entry fees:
Adult – $19 / cave; Family (2 +3) – $47.50 / cave
Mole Creek Caves: Stay, Eat & Drink!
Caving is thirsty work and also makes you hungry! The Tassie Tiger Bar in the Mole Creek Hotel offers excellent food and drink at the right price. And for those wishing to stay in the area, the accommodation is more than adequate.
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