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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers


The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open


Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Park Ideas - Hastings Caves

A magnificent outdoors and underground classroom

For enquiries please find all contacts on the office locations and contacts page. 

Parks staff are more than happy to talk to teachers in advance. Call to find out about pre-visit classroom ideas that will maximise the learning potential of your trip. 

Trained guides provide special tours for school groups. 

The entry cost includes a cave tour as well as access to the thermal springs pool and BBQ area. 


Hastings Thermal Pool
Things you can do

Discover Newdegate Cave with its beautiful formations – made of dolomite. 

• A wheelchair access path takes you on a forest walk nearby the pool. 
• Hot Springs track is slightly longer and takes you where the warm waters of one creek meet the cold waters of another. 

Enjoy a dip in the thermal pools and a picnic in the lush green surroundings. 

Look out for the remains of the timber cutting days – a log landing station and huge stumps 

Discover the trees and plants of the rainforest and their refreshing aromas. 

Feel the difference in the temperature of the creeks flowing near the springs. 

Look inside the Visitor Centre at the displays. 

Discover the springs in their natural state and through signs learn about the forest around you. 

Things you may be really lucky to see

Creatures in the caves – cave spiders and cave beetles. Look for the Macleay's swallowtail. These beautiful green-winged butterflies can sometimes be seen near the creek on the way to the caves. Walk quietly and look for platypus, trout and eels in the creeks. 

Things you may be really lucky to hear

The introduced lyrebird imitating other birds. Listen for them on your walk to the caves.