Marakoopa Cave

Handsome Cave


Useful Information

Location: West of Mole Creek.
74 km south of Devonport and about 25 km west of Deloraine. From Launceston follow highway to Devonport, turn off at Deloraine onto B12 to Mole Creek. First turnoff from B12 8 km behind Mole Creek, turn left.
(-41.578370, 146.288739)
Open: Underground Rivers and Glow Worms Tour:
OCT to MAY daily 10, 12, 14, 16.
JUN to SEP daily 10, 12, 14.
Great Cathedral and Glow Worms Tour:
All year daily 11, 13, 15.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Booking strongly recommended up to 14 days prior.
[2021]
Fee: Adults AUD 19, Children (4-17) AUD 9.50, Children (0-3) free, Seniors AUD 15.50, Family (2+3) AUD 47.50.
[2021]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave SpeleologyRiver cave, Ordovician limestones. BiologyGlow Worm SmileAbove Ground Caves
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=9 °C.
Guided tours: D=80 min, St=500, Max=10.
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Accessibility: no
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Address: Mole Creek Caves, 330 Mayberry Rd, PO Box 172, Mole Creek TAS 7304, Tel: +61-3-6363-5182. E-mail: contact
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History


Description

Marakoopa is an aboriginal word meaning "handsome", so Marakoopa Cave is the Handsome Cave. This river cave has the largest amount of glow-worms in any show cave of Australia. They are endemic to Australia and New Zealand, but while they are common in New Zealand caves, they are rarely found in Autralia.

This cave has not one but two cave rivers, huge caverns and speleothems. Notable are the rimstone pools. There are two different tours in Marakoopa Cave:

  1. Underground Rivers and Glow-worms shows the lower chamber with its abundance of speleothems. This tour is easy and possible for all ages and levels of fitness.
  2. Cathedral, Gardens and Glow-worms visits the Great Cathedral, a magnificent cavern of impressive size. The Gardens is a cave branch with delicate formations in beautiful colours. This tour requires higher fitness as it includes the stairway to the Great Cathedral.

Sometimes this cave is mentioned to be one of the rare "above-ground caves".