Monday, April 1, 2024

Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves is a limestone cave under a hill a town called The Caves, Queensland, Australia. This is a small town about 30 kilometers north of Rockhampton. A wonderful little town... with The Caves elementary school, The Caves bar, etc. But the cave! Such a nice place to visit. It is a commercial show cave with a variety of tours, from the basic tourist walking tour to more adventurous tours. I did both actually, was lucky to be able to reserve a slot in the adventure tour as well as they only do them if there's enough participants.

And so many things to talk about. Encounter with a snake while crawling. The roots everywhere in the cave, despite being high (up to 30 meter high rooms) the forest above the cave sends its roots down for water, I guess. There's a nice little restaurant/bar and a gift shop, easy parking... In the neighborhood there's also the Mt. Etna Caves national park.

But let's start with the snake. I had had nightmares about this, actually. And there I was, crawling in a tight tunnel in the Capricorn Caves when the person in front of me spots a snake where the tight spot opens to a room. Not in front of our noses and under our bellies, but .. too close for comfort. And yes, it was a Python so non-venomous and mostly non-dangerous. But .. eww.  (More about Australian cave fauna in another article.)

In a collapsed sinkhole:


Owl in the cave:

The snake:

Cave restaurant and ticket sales facility:

Little thing:


Local beer (the village is called The Caves):

The hill under which the cave is:

Adventure tour group:

Roots and stalactites:

Ferns growing in pots inside the cave, moved back here after being rescued elsewhere post-wildfires:


Nice mini-stalactites:

Crawling in the tunnels near the snake encounter:

Small bones dug up from the cave floor:

Bat bitten in half:

More information about other caves I visited in the area can be found from these articles:

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