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Chillagoe / Mungana Caves National Park

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In an area characterised by volcanic activity it is surprising to find limestone caves, however the limestone in the area is the result of an unusual uplift of sediments (that include coral) which were deposited in the ocean off the edge of the Australian continent about 400 million years ago. As the sea level rose, the continental shelf moved east and then, about 360 million years ago the sediments were compressed and uplifted.

Over 600 caves have been documented in the Chillagoe / Mungana Caves National Park region, with the largest system claimed to contain over 6.5 km of passage. Every cave is different and names such as ‘The Cathedral Cave, or ‘The Piano Cave’, often give clues to what may be found within.

More information on the geology of the area can be found in the publication ‘Rocks and Landscapes of the Chillagoe District’ which is available from the Parks and Wildlife Service office in Chillagoe Ph: 07 4094 7163.

Some of the more popular caves are listed here:
Royal Arch and Donna Caves • Five caves are available for viewing. Both the Royal Arch and Donna Caves are by guided tours.

The Royal Arch is a series of 13 chambers spread along a 1.5 km passage with roots from trees and patches of light reaching into the caves.

The Donna Cave is the prettiest of the caves in the area, but is quite small.

Bauhinia Cave and Pompeii Cave • These can be seen on self-guided tours, but you should bring a torch and must notify the Ranger before entering the caves.

There are a number of interlocking walks which connect the caves, the lookouts and the landmarks. It is possible, for example, to walk from the Balancing Rock to the Donna, Bauhinia and Pompeii Caves (which are all close to each other).

The National Parks and Wildlife Services Office has free maps of the area with clear directions to each of the caves as well as the smelters and the Balancing Rock. Other caves include Trezkinn Cave, Castle Cave, Haunted Cave and Spring Cave.

Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
cnr Cathedral and Queen Streets
Ph: 07 4094 7163
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