Our tour includes Hastings Caves that is well lit without narrow passages.
Hastings Caves started to form, we believe, about 40 million years ago and remained unseen until 1917, when timber workers discovered the entrance. They named their magnificent find after the governor of the time, Sir Francis Newdegate. Newdegate Cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia and occurs in dolomite rather than limestone.
Parks and Wildlife Service will conduct our 45-minute daily tour through the large highly decorated cavern. Formations in the cave are large and spectacular including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The Cave is spacious, well lit and there are no narrow passages. There are around 240 stairs but these are traversed in small sections. The underground temperate is naturally maintained at nine degrees Celsius all year round.
The Thermal Pool is surrounded by forest and ferns with a large picnic area equipped with change rooms, showers and toilets, electric barbecues, forest walks and a picnic shelter with open fires. The pool is fed from a spring that supplies spring water at around 28 degrees Celsius all year round. It is hygienically controlled and has a paddling pool for children.