Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs, Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

The entrance to Hastings Caves, which are believed to have been formed around 40 million years ago, was first discovered by timber workers. The cave, which occurs in dolomite instead of limestone, is the largest in Australia, and is run by the Parks and Wildlife Service, who offer daily tours through the large cavern, each lasting 45 minutes.

Getting to Hastings Caves

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs are situated about five kilometers from the visitor’s center, which is located along a well sign-posted dirt road, so it’s very easy to find. The Thermal Springs are adjacent to the visitor’s center, which provides interpreted pamphlets of the place, and houses a licensed café where souvenirs can be purchased.

Hastings Caves Visitor Tips

The caves are kept at a steady 9C all year round, so bring a jacket to ward of the chill, because the formations in the cave are spectacular and well-worth the visit. These include stalactites and stalagmites, columns, shawls, flowstone, as well as many unique helictites. Times for the caves do change through the year, so make sure to visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website, to check the tour times before you go.

The Thermal Spring

As far as the thermal springs go, it is great fun for everyone. This is a 15 meter by 10 meter swimming pool which is fed by natural spring water at about 28C all through the year. Forests and ferns surround the area, which is great for walks and hiking, and there is also a large picnic area with BBQ facilities, a paddling pool for small children, and bathroom facilities.

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