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Hastings Caves State Reserve

Activities

Hastings Visitor Centre
pool

Thermal pool

Newdegate Cave

Take a guided tour
of Newdegate Cave

The Hastings Caves State Reserve is well-equipped for visitors. The main facilities are located near the Visitor Centre.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is the first point of call for all visitors. Here you can purchase cave tour and thermal pool tickets and learn about the unique values of the area from the helpful staff and interpretation displays. Food is also available at the Visitor Centre.

The wheelchair-accessible Sensory Trail

Walking Trail

Thermal Springs

The Thermal Springs Pool is located just near the Visitor Centre. It has excellent facilities. A small charge is made for entry to the pool. Wheelchair-accessible toilets and changing rooms with showers are available.

Picnic tables, and a spectacular shelter hut containing electric barbecues, powerpoints and open fireplaces with wood are provided.

A special feature of the area is the short walking trail which begins near the Thermal Pool and takes you on an easy grade walk through beautiful forests. This trail is accessible by wheelchairs, although some assistance will be needed to negotiate the start of the trail. The Hot Springs Track is slightly longer and will lead you to where the warm waters of one creek meet the cold waters of another. Stop and dip you hand into the water to feel the change in temperature.

Camping

Although camping in the Reserve is not allowed, there are campgrounds at Cockle Creek, south of Dover. Camping is also available at Esperance River Campsite.

Newdegate Cave

Don't miss the opportunity to take a guided tour of the magnificent Newdegate Cave. Guided tours by qualified Parks and Wildlife staff are available throughout the day. The guides will introduce you to the geology, history, fauna and unique features of the cave. Tours take about 45 minutes. Tickets for the cave tour must be purchased at the Visitor Centre. (See our tour times and prices for further details).

From the Visitor Centre, the cave is a further 5km along the road. There are toilets at the cave carpark, and a short nature walk leads to the cave.