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The Caves

The Caves, 25 minutes on the Bruce Highway travelling north of Rockhampton, sounds a rather fascinating place to visit and it is! This is the home of the Capricorn Caves. They are above ground and with wheelchair access, they are popular with all. There is something about an above ground cave, as it can dilute that fear associated with claustrophobia.

There are daily guided tours of these caves which were first discovered in 1882. Mid-December to mid-January, during the Summer Solstice, there is an extra special treat, with the sun's rays penetrating deep into the caves. There is a good old character-type pub on hand, along with cabin and camping facilities.

The Caves, Rockhampton Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Etna Caves National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Mount Etna Caves National Park contains some of Australia's most cavernous limestone formations. Protected from fire by the limestone karst, dry rainforest thrives amongst sharp pinnacles and shady crevices. The national park is especially important to a number of bat species. Eighty per cent of Australia's breeding population of female bent-wing bats use a single cave in the national park for birthing and rearing their young. During this time ranger guided tours are offered to see the spectacular nightly emergence of over 100,000 bats. Tours operate during the bat breeding season, from December to February (fees apply). Outside of this time the track is open to the public. Picnic at the Cammoo Caves picnic area and go on a self-guided walk.

Koorana Crocodile Farm

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Koorana Crocodile Farm is a commercially operated crocodile farm and restaurant located half an hour drive from Rockhampton or Yeppoon. Gates open at 10.00 a.m. and fully guided tours are conducted daily at 10.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. with lunch being served in the restaurant between 12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Crocodiles hatching can be seen from March to May. Koorana has 3000 crocodiles. Last entry to farm is 2.00 p.m. and gates close at 3.00 p.m. The restaurant serves crocodile meat dishes as well as standard meals. Crocodile skin products are available including wallets, belts and clothing. Most crocodile leather accessories are Australian made and are sold at farm gate prices with CITES permits for export. Visitors have the opportunity to touch and hold a specially trained crocodile. No charge for photography. Also offered for group bookings or social functions are Spotlight Dinner Tours - minimum of 20.

Capricorn Caves

The Caves, Livingstone Area
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Capricorn Cave Tour is the premier nature based attraction in Central Queensland. Here you can explore spectacular caves in a limestone ridge and spot little insectivorous bats in certain seasons. These magnificent caves are located north of Rockhampton and winner of many major tourism and environment awards and eco-tourism accreditation. The Cathedral Cave Tour is the most popular with its wheelchair access and the amazing natural acoustics of the Cathedral Chamber. It's a popular venue for weddings,and Opera in the Cave twice a year. In December, the natural phenomenon of Summer Solstice Light can be seen on the 11am tour. For the adventurous, there are wild caving explorations or abseiling. The adrenaline charged caving tours involve underground exploration with the light of a cave helmet and are available on request. If you want to get off the beaten track with out getting why not try our Geo Tour Journey of discovery. After your tour, enjoy refreshments at the Caves Kiosk or a drink from the licensed Bat Bar, a swim in the pool or cook up a barbecue. A visitor centre provides fascinating information about the local geology, bats and community history.
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