Discover the Secrets of Mole Creek Karst National Park: Caves, Glow-Worms, and Forest Adventures

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Moles Creek Caves. Credit Graham Freeman and Tourism Australia

Mole Creek Karst National Park, situated in north-west Tasmania, safeguards over 300 remarkable caves. This unique landscape, shaped millions of years ago when Tasmania was a fragment of the Gondwana supercontinent, now stands at the gateway of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Inside, you’ll find a realm of grand limestone formations like stalactites, stalagmites, and columns, combined with the enchantment of glow-worms and underground streams. Cathedral-like caverns echo the whispers of time.

The most easily accessible caves are Marakoopa and King Solomons, offering stunning showcases of this subterranean beauty. Marakoopa Cave stands out with two underground streams and Australia’s largest collection of glow-worms open to the public. King Solomons Cave, while smaller and less humid than Marakoopa, is adorned with lavish decorations, including eye-catching shawls and limestone formations.

For those intrigued by the hidden treasures, several lesser-known caves beckon the adventurous, with wild cave tours on offer. Dive deep into these mysterious chasms, or for a comprehensive experience, opt for a tailored half-day or full-day tour, which pairs adventure with expert environmental insights.

While underground marvels are the main draw, the surface has its own enchantments. Several short walks let visitors wander through the forests shrouding these caves. The Westmorland Falls Trail, a 4km round trip, immerses hikers in pristine rainforest leading to the cascading falls. For those seeking a challenge, the Sensation Gorge Falls trail, though just 1.4km, is a rigorous trek best undertaken after rainfall.

Highlights:

  • Marakoopa Cave: Home to vast glow-worm displays and two underground streams.
  • King Solomons Cave: A treasure trove of intricate formations including stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Dive Deep: Explore lesser-known caves with guided wild cave tours.

Walks:

  • Westmorland Falls Trail: A 4km, 2-hour return journey through untouched rainforest to the waterfall. Located off Caveside Road, turning into Wet Cave Road.
  • Sensation Gorge Falls: A challenging 1.4km trek that takes roughly an hour. Accessible from Liena Road, near Overflow Creek, best traversed after a good rain.

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