|Location:||At Mole Creek. 74km south of Devonport and about 25km west of Deloraine. From Launceston follow highway to Devonport, turn off at Deloraine onto B12 to Mole Creek.|
|Open:||All year daily 9:30. Pre-booking essential. |
|Classification:||Karst cave, Ordovician limestones.|
|Light:||none, headlamp provided|
|Address:||Wild Cave Tours, 13185 Lake Highway, Golden Valley Tas. 7304, Tel: +61-3-6369-5226, Fax: +61-3-6369-5226, Cell: +61-403-293549. E-mail:|
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Honeycomb Cave is a river cave, which shows boisterous waterfalls and wet drippy formations.
Beneath formations and erosional passages there is a wealth of cave life to explore, although it is really small and often hard to detect. There are large Tasmanian cave spiders, but they are timid with humans and difficult to find. The glowworms are pretty easy to detect becuase of their light. And they even become brighter every spring, when food is more abundant. This small larvae of flies use the light to attract prey, often their own adult parents. They are endemic to New Zealand and rarely found in Autralia. Large blind cave shrimps (Anaspides) can also be seen, but only in the right time of the year. Late November is a good time, if there is not too much rain.
Honeycomb Cave is the most visited wild cave in Mole Creek Karst National Park. The tours are guided by Debbie from Wild Cave Tours. It is both an easy beginners cave and close to the meeting point at James General Store, Main Street, Mole Creek. The half day tours start at 9:30 and end approximately 13:30. All caving equipment, overalls and lights as well as morning tea or lunch (as applicable) are provided. The tours are restricted to 14 years old and olders, with a certain amount of physical fitness.
There are numerous other caves in the area, which are open on a limited access basis. You need a permit from the National Park, which is regularly given to caving clubs. However, Debbie will care for the permit, and so you may visit Baldocks Cave, My Cave, Cyclops Cave, Westmorland Cave, Wet Cave or Sassafras Cave. The tour to Honeycomb is offered regularly and is also the beginners tour. The other tours are made after appointment, and some only as second trip tours, which allows the guide to estimate your fitness and ability.