Cave tours in Newdegate Cave, Hastings Caves State Reserve
Newdegate Cave tour (photograph: Alastair Bett)
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Hastings Caves State Reserve

Magical dolomite cave and thermal springs.

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​The magical underground world of Hastings Caves will open your eyes to what lies beneath the picturesque Tasmanian landscape. The mystery of these Tasmanian c​aves is revealed beneath a dense green forest of thermal springs and ferny glades. The spacious dolomite cave system is a labyrinth of chambers, richly decorated and cleverly lit to highlight ancient subterranean formations.

Back on the surface, you can relax in the swimming pool, which is fed by mineral-rich thermal springs. This is one of only two places in Tasmania where thermal springs exist. Experience thermal pool water that remains 28 degrees, year-round.

Explore the Hastings Caves State Reserve further on the easy walking trails, pack a picnic, or enjoy a barbecue with friends and family in the peaceful forest surrounds. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the native wildlife that share this forest, including platypus, quolls, pademelons and birds​.

​Newdegate Cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia which occurs in dolomite, rather than limestone. Its vast chambers began to form more than 40 million years ago.

Guided tours of about 45 minutes are available throughout the day. Purchase tickets for the cave tour from the Visitor Centre and allow 20 minute travel time to the cave car park and walk to cave entrance.

Many visitors combine a cave tour with a dip in the the​rmal pool​. The easy grade, wheelchair accessible Platypus Walk and the Hot Springs Walk showcase the impenetrability of the surrounding rainforest. On the longer track to the hot springs, dip your hand into the water to feel the change in temperature where the warm spring-fed creek meets the cold water of another. ​​

Experiences in Hastings Caves State Reserve

Child, Junee-Florentine caves

North West, Launceston and North, Hobart and South


Experience Tasmania's spectacular cave systems through one of our guided tours.

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Dogs in parks

Searching for somewhere to take your four-legged friend? There are a number of reserves around Tasmania that are open to visitors with canine companions.

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Southwest National Park

Duckhole Lake

An enjoyable addition to a visit to Hastings Caves or the Arve River Forest Drive. Take an easy stroll through a forest of stringybarks and stretches of tea tree swamp to an idyllic lake.

1.5 hours return, 4.2km return, Grade 2
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Visitors at Newdegate Cave, Hastings Cave State Reserve

Hastings Caves State Reserve

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Find out more about tours of Newdegate Cave and use of the beautiful thermal springs at Hastings Caves State Reserve.

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East coast, Hobart and South, Launceston and North, North West


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