Wellington Caves

Join a tour of Gaden Cave and enter a natural fairyland filled with sparkling calcite crystals. On a tour  of Cathedral Cave, you’ll be in awe of the giant limestone formation that towers above like a three- storey building. Before the Phosphate Mine tour your guide hands out hard hats and the kids pull them  on, giggling at the way everyone looks. It’s time to descend into the darkness of the restored historic  mine, to marvel at the tunnels that humans have carved deep into the earth, and to wonder what it was  like to work down here day after day.

Price range

MID-RANGE

Contact details

Caves Rd, Wellington; (02) 6845 1733 or 1800 621 614

 
Entry by tour only

Don't Miss

■ The secrets hidden in the Phosphate Mine. Peer carefully among the pick marks and drill holes left in the walls by the miners. Can you see anything that looks like a bone? If you do, it might be the remains of a Diprotodon or giant wombat, the largest known marsupial that ever lived.

Fabulous Facts

Diprotodons were still roaming Australia when the Aboriginal people arrived, but they became extinct  about 20 000 years ago. They were hairy, and a similar shape to the modern wombat, but hundreds  of times the size, being about 3.8 metres long, 1.7 metres high and weighing 2800 kilograms! They probably fed on shrubs and consumed about 100 kilograms of food a day. Australia had other  megafauna including some that looked like kangaroos and koalas.

Insider Tips

■ Each tour takes about one hour.

■ The caves are quite airy, with fresh air circulating from the entrances. Bring jackets as it might be cooler inside the caves.
 
■ You will need to climb more than a hundred steps in and out to reach the caves, whereas the  Phosphate Mine is reached without steps.
 
■ Snacks are available in the Wellington Caves kiosk.

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