The Hastings Caves State Reserve offers visitors a variety of experiences, from relaxing in the warm waters of a thermal springs pool, walking in the rich forests of the reserve and, the unique experience of exploring Newdegate Cave. Both the thermal pool and the trail which leads through the surrounding forests are accessible to wheelchair users.
Named after Sir Francis Newdegate, the Governor of Tasmania from 1917-1920, Newdegate Cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia which occurs in dolomite, rather than limestone.
Its richly decorated chambers began forming tens of millions of years ago. Don't miss the opportunity to take a tour of the cave with qualified Parks and Wildlife Service guides.
The Thermal Springs pool area will be closed between 12 October to 4 November 2015 for annual maintenance and the restoration of the Platypus walking track which was damaged by a large tree fall earlier this year. The Visitor Centre will be open and cave tours will run as per schedule.
The Hastings Caves State Reserve forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.