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Caves: Hastings, Marakoopa and King


About Caves: Hastings, Marakoopa and King

Tasmania is just as fascinating below ground as above. The state has extensive underground networks available for visitors to access, and the Mole Creek area is renowned for its caves. Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves are but two caves in an area that contains over 300 known caves and sinkholes. Other typical karst features in this area include gorges and large underground streams and springs. Both caves are home to a range of fascinating animals which have evolved features which allow them to adapt to their lightless environments. The glow-worm display in Marakoopa Cave is the largest you'll see in any public access cave anywhere in Australia. For the visitor, the Mole Creek Karst National Park offers a range of activities. Although guided tours of the caves will be high on your agenda, don't miss the opportunity to take a short walk through the beautiful forests in which these caves occur. South of Hobart, the Hastings Cave complex is an excellent example of a 40 million year old cave, and the visitor centre has a thermal hot spring pool visitors to enjoy.

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Website: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=5806