Wild Caving in Tasmania

Including airport transfers, 2 days guiding and 2 night's accommodation. ½ day off work.

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Wild Caving in Tasmania

Including airport transfers, 2 days guiding and 2 night's accommodation. ½ day off work.

  • Australia

Venture into the undeveloped caves of Tasmania with the assistance of a professional caving guide. You’ll learn the fundamentals of caving, navigate several cave systems, and learn about the unique ecosystem of the Mole Creek area. Relax at night in the comfort of boutique accommodation. Your subterranean adventure includes:

  • 2 days of guided caving
  • 2 nights of accommodation in a boutique hotel in Mole Creek
  • Lunches and breakfasts
  • Professional, experienced caving guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Activity transfers

Perfect for:
This is the perfect weekend getaway for adventurous travellers who want to challenge themselves during the day then relax in comfort in the evenings. No previous caving experience needed.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival

Your guide will meet you at the airport in the evening.

Drive 1 hour to Mole Creek, a small town at the base of the Great Western Tiers (kooparoona niara).

Settle in and drink a craft beer or glass of local wine while enjoying the view, then grab dinner at the guesthouse restaurant or a local pub.

Saturday: Caving

After breakfast your guide will drive you to the caving area.

Bushwalk through temperate forest to the cave entrance. Review safety, objectives and options, then enter the cave.

The first cave will be relatively easy to navigate while you get the hang of caving.

Walk, crawl and climb your way through a series of caverns and passages, then reemerge into the sunlight for lunch.

In the afternoon you’ll tackle a slightly more difficult cave if the group is up for it. The more difficult cave will be slightly more technical, but definitely worth it!

Marvel at stalagmites and stalactites, negotiate underground streams and waterfalls, and photograph reflections in eerily still pools.

Return to Mole Creek in the evening for well-deserved drinks and dinner.

4 ½ hours underground

Sunday: Caving and departure

Head to a different, more challenging set of caves after breakfast.

You might have to squeeze through narrow slots to move from one chamber to another, or weave your way through forests of rocks formations.

Along the way you’ll probably see cave shrimp, spiders, crickets and other critters.

Leave the caves around midday for a picnic lunch in the fresh air.

Return to town to clean up, then your guide will drive you back to the airport to catch your flight home with a stop for ice cream and/or a scenic lookout on the way.

2 ½ hours underground

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the Mole Creek Guesthouse in Mole Creek. Built in 1890, the guesthouse features modern facilities and a variety of bright, comfortable, ensuite rooms. Linens, towels, wifi and toiletries are included. There’s a café restaurant onsite, and it’s within walking distance of a local pub.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers 20% of Tasmania, protecting a huge swath of temperate rainforest. It’s one of only three areas in the world that meets 7 of the 10 criteria for a World Heritage Site.

The landscape is formed from glaciated karst limestone, and there’s an amazing network of caves famous to cavers running beneath it all. These caves are home to beautiful and seldom-seen natural features like stalagmites, stalactites, and other carved rock formations, as well as living creatures like cave shrimp, spiders, glow worms, and microorganisms.

Back above ground, Mole Creek is a cute town (pop. 600) in the Mersey River Valley known for its honey production and, of course, caves. There’s not much to the town, but it’s friendly, peaceful, and surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape—perfect for enjoying an evening beverage!

Start point?
You’ll be picked up at Launceston Airport at 18:15 on Friday. Please schedule your flight to arrive no later than 17:45. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off at Launceston Airport at 17:00 on Sunday. Please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 18:15. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Launceston Airport (LST) is served by regular, inexpensive flights from most major hubs in Australia. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Launceston
  • Dinners
  • Travel insurance that covers caving
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

This is not your standard cave experience. In these wild, undeveloped caves you won’t find paved paths, mood lighting or other tourists.

The cave entrances are remote and unobvious. Once inside you’ll be walking, crawling, wiggling, splashing and sliding your way through passages, tunnels and caverns. It’s a dirty, challenging process, but very rewarding and exciting.

Note that there are no facilities in the caves. Prepare to unplug completely, and to follow “pack it in, pack it out” protocol for everything.

Your guides are professional cavers with nearly three decades of caving experience. They are active in the local caving community and the volunteer WildCare group, KarstCare. Your guides help to discover and explore Australia’s network of caves. They follow the Minimal Impact Caving Code with a strong focus on ethical caving and Leave No Trace.

This trip is suitable for anyone in good condition. No previous caving experience is needed—your guides will teach you all there is to know.

Obviously this isn’t an activity for severe claustrophobes, but those with a slight fear/uncertainty about caving should still consider it—it’s not as scary as you might think.

Breakfast is served at the hotel, and picnic lunches are provided by your guide. Dinners are on your own. There’s an on-site restaurant at your guesthouse serving fresh and tasty fare, as well as a local pub with a good menu.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

16 – 32 °C during the day, and 5 – 16 °C at night. From April to October it’s a bit cooler, ranging from 8 – 16 °C during the day and -8 – 5 °C at night.

The climate is temperate so you might get rain storms, but these are unlikely in summer months, as most of the rain falls in the winter. However, you’ll still get plenty of sun.

Your host will provide all caving equipment, including overalls, a helmet with a light, gumboots, and, if necessary, abseiling gear.

Pack for a combination of bushwalking, caving and relaxing in town. We recommend you pack:

  • Lightweight, breathable hiking trousers/shorts and shirts
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy daypack
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
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