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Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan

15/01/2015

The Tasmanian Government has today released a draft of the updated Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.More

New sign celebrates the Overland Track experience

14/01/2015

In the 1960s, visitor information signs at Lake St Clair warned of no trapping, hunting, shooting, picking shrubs, cutting timber and grazing stock. Times have changed, with a new sign installation helping Overland Track walkers to celebrate their walk.More

Overland trek guide for young adventurers

14/01/2015

Of the 8000 people who tackle the world-famous Overland Track each year, almost one in ten is under 18 years old. A new publication from the Parks and Wildlife Service recognises that the experience is different for children.More

Hastings Caves State Reserve

Highlights

Newdegate Cave

The richly decorated Newdegate Cave is one of the few caves in Australia formed from dolomite. The vast chambers of the cave began to form more than 40 million years ago. Guided tours by qualified Parks and Wildlife staff are available throughout the day. (See our tour times and prices for further details).

Life in the Cave

Cave Cricket

Newdegate Cave, like most of Tasmania's caves, is home to a number of strange and fascinating animals. Over forty species have been discovered within the cave, including several species which are as yet undescribed. Many have become so adapted to life underground that they can no longer live on the surface. They show loss of pigment and eyes, and development of unusually long antennae. Since they are restricted to caves, they are unable to move from area to area and so each region often has its own cave-dwelling species, which occur nowhere else.

In the Hastings Caves State Reserve, a mountain shrimp (Anaspides spp.) is common in Mystery Creek.

Looking after caves

Cave reserves are unique and fragile areas. To protect cave reserves, please:

  • do not touch the cave formations or smoke underground. The formations are very fragile and can be discoloured by fingerprints and smoke,
  • do not take food into the caves,
  • feel free to take photos, but the use of tripods is not permitted in tourist caves,
  • take any rubbish out with you.

Thermal Springs Pool

Hastings Pool is fed by pure spring water which maintains a constant temperature of 28 degrees Celcius year round.