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Overland Track re-opens for walkers

02/02/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Overland Track will re-open to bushwalkers as of Wednesday morning, 3 February 2016.More

Join in World Wetlands Day celebrations

28/01/2016

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.More

Major fire fighting effort protecting public and state's important values

27/01/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney has acknowledged the efforts of Department staff, Tasmania Fire Service, volunteers and interstate firefighters who are continuing to undertake a major effort to protect values and infrastructureMore

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.