Is it just us, or is there something about caves that is truly mesmerising? Found in various shapes and sizes hidden underground, under the sea, in rock faces and bushland in locations all over the globe, there is nothing like the exquisite work of Mother Nature to take your breath away.
If you are looking for new and exciting ways to spend your weekend look no further. We have found ten epic caves to visit around Brisbane and further afield. It turns out, not only are these naturally occurring (or sometimes man-made) wonders fab to visit in their own right, they have a lot of cool stuff going on in and around them as well. From hiking to wine tasting, overnight stays and live concerts. These are the caves you need to visit.
Kweebani Caves | Lamington National Park, Gold Coast
Not only is Lamington National Park just a hop, skip and a jump from the River City, it is one of the most stunning locations on our list. Starting on Binna Burra Road (near the Lamington Teahouse) the Caves Circuit hiking track winds for five kilometres up through the Kweebani Caves and the Gondwana Rainforest. This bush walk is packed full of delicately balanced flora and fauna, impressive rock formations and offers amazing views over the Coomera Valley.
Enchanted Cave | Blue Mountains, NSW
If your partner is the type of person who says, “we need to get outside more, get back to nature”, and you are more of a, “can we just drink wine in the spa again”, typ’a gal—have we got the solution for you. The Enchanted Cave, located in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, is a secluded love nest for two. Carved into the side of the mountain this accommodation offers panoramic views across the valley and is about as nature-y as you can get without actually going outside; the floor to ceiling glass doors make your rocky abode airy and full of light. Spend a weekend away with your S.O. taking in the great outdoors from your luxury cave pad, complete with a queen bed, cosy fireplace, full kitchen and private spa.
Cathedral Cave | Capricorn Caves, Central Queensland
Unlike many caves that require a hike or walking lots of stairs to get a good look inside, the Capricorn Caves have a flat walkway and are wheelchair accessible. The one-hour cave tour runs eight times a day, and they also offer caving for the more adventurous. They have cabins and camping on-site and offer underground opera recitals, private functions, and even cave weddings!
Glow-worm Caves | Cedar Creek Estate, Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast
This purpose-built cave on the Cedar Creek Estate, Mount Tambourine offers a fascinating glow-worm tour and an opportunity to see the elusive creatures up-close. Not to be confused with fireflies—which rather confusingly are actually beetles— glow-worms aren’t actually worms either, they are the larvae of a species of gnat that emits a bioluminescent light to attract its prey. But we won’t give too much away—you will find out more on the tour! After your cave visit pop into the cellar door for a vino or two before exploring the wonders of Mount Tambourine.
Donna Cave | Chillagoe-Mungana Caves, Tropical North Queensland
Three-hours drive from Cairns, the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves in far north Queensland have spectacular limestone structures and well-preserved Aboriginal art. Register for a one-hour ranger-led cave tour of the Donna Cave and see spectacular rock formations, including one in the form of the Madonna.
Caves Road | Margaret River, Western Australia
Formed over millions of years the impressive caves under the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia are well worth the visit. The 100-kilometre stretch of Caves Road not only features world-class vineyards, but multiple caves to visit too! From the humongous Jewel Cave with its impressive crystalline stalactites and stalagmites and a fossil of the now extinct Tasmanian tiger to the Lake Cave with a permanent underground lake. The Ngilgi Cave offers fascinating tours about the Aboriginal legend of Ngilgi, the good spirit, and Wolgine, the evil spirit; while Mammoth Cave offers self-guided audio tours which are wheelchair accessible and combine the impressive cave and a walk through the marri forest.
International Caves we recommend:
Faust Wine Cellar | Budapest, Hungary
We know that this one is slightly further afield than the Gold Coast, but what could be better than wine tasting? Wine tasting in a cave, that’s what! Enter the cave through the Hilton Hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Buda Castle district of the city, and get set for tasty Hungarian wine and snacks with a side of warm and friendly entertainment from the knowledgeable sommeliers.
St Michael’s Cave | Gibraltar
If you love music this one is for you. Inside the Rock of Gibraltar St Michael’s Cave, found by the Romans, it was once thought to be bottomless—and perhaps even be an underground passage linking to North Africa. Home to the infamous Rock Apes, the cave was originally a shrine to the god Hercules, then prepared as a hospital during WWII, and nowadays sees thousands of visitors each year on the caves tours, as well as hosting theatrical, ballet and live music performances.
Fingal’s Cave | Staffa, Scotland
The structure of this cave is completely mind-blowing. Located on an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland, the rocky pillars create a striking entrance and the waves crashing through the cave make it even more dramatic. Hop on one of the daily boat tours around the Isle of Staffa and surrounding islands to see it for yourself.
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