First discovered in 1881 by Norwegian migrant John Olsen, Capricorn Caves opened to the public three years later. Today, they remain one of the largest privately owned cave systems in Australia and one of Queensland’s longest-running tourist attractions. Located 23 kilometres north of Rockhampton, Capricorn Caves is highly accessible with walkways and ramps allowing many visitors to enjoy the wonders of these limestone structures.
Experienced tour guides share fascinating stories as they take you through these ancient caves. You’ll experience the breathtaking acoustics of Cathedral Cave, view fossil formations, and catch a glimpse of the little bent-wing bats. On your tour, you’ll discover Capricorn Caves is home to abundant native wildlife and endangered species. The caves have received numerous awards for adventure tourism and marketing including the Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award.
A visit to Capricorn Caves just north of Rockhampton is like entering a different world. As an Advanced Eco-Tourism attraction, you know you are in safe and knowledgeable hands with experienced local guides with you at every step of this enchanting journey.
A partnership with Palaeontologists from the Queensland Museum has turned these 400-million-year-old caves into a living classroom on biology, geology, and the environment, for young and old. A visitor centre located at the caves provides interesting information about the local geology, native bats, and history of the local community.
For the adventurous explorer, you can take a guided tour deeper into the caves decked out in helmets and flashlights to visit spectacular locations like Deep Vault Cave and The Flowerpot. Here you’ll learn of the incredible geological forces that formed the caves and see some of the caves’ rare wildlife.
More daring trekkers can take on the challenge with only headlamps and expert adventure guides to show the way. You’ll traverse incredible caves with the curious names of Fat Man’s Misery and Jack’s Beanstalk! Emerging from the darkness of the caves you’ll be rewarded with the most spectacular 360-degree views over Baga National Park and Mt Etna National Park.
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Capricorn Caves were carved out of limestone formed from deposits made by coral growing in shallow waters. After absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and passing through rich organic soils, rainwater became acidic and dissolved the calcite in the limestone to form caves. The soil eventually eroded to expose more limestone.
Yes, Capricorn Caves offer a range of tours suitable for various ages and fitness levels. While some tours involve gentle walks and easy access to parts of the caves, others may require a moderate level of fitness and mobility due to uneven terrain and steps. It's advisable to check the tour descriptions and choose one that best fits your comfort and physical abilities.
The popular Cathedral Caves tour is a one-hour, one-kilometre guided walk showcasing the largest and most spectacular caves. You’ll learn ancient geological history, hear captivating stories of the early explorers, and discover the wonders of the native wildlife. As the name suggests, Cathedral Cave features wonderful acoustics you’re welcome to try out for yourself.
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