Located 104 km south of Hobart on the Huon Highway, Hastings is a tiny inconsequential little settlement which happens to be close to the Hastings Cave group, the major attraction in the south east corner of the island. Hastings came into existence in 1850 as timber workers pushed further into forests.
The Hastings Caves State Reserve offers visitors a variety of attractions. Most liked is probably relaxing in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool. There is also a trail which leads through the surrounding forests, which is accessible to wheelchair users. And last but not least there is the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave. Beneath the regular tourist cave visit there is the possibility to take special tours into two other nearby caves.