Marakoopa Cave welcomed the first visitors to experience their new lighting system on the 19th December with an overwhelmingly positive response.
The new lighting system features efficient, state of the art LED lights that enhance the natural features of the cave by offering a softer illumination compared to the old incandescent globes and giving a better perception of depth.
Working with input from the guides through every step, the team from Precision Contractors were amazing. Imaginings became possibilities and then reality as the system came together, incorporating new ways of ‘seeing’ the cave and expanding the scope of interpretation by illuminating features in a new way. With the emphasis of tours having moved away from the ‘novelty’ value of caves to a focus on the underground world as an integral part of our environment, the new lights have been employed to enhance some amazing geological features as well as bringing out the ‘sparkle’ of the calcite crystal.
With 160 visitors to Marakoopa on the first day of reopening, numbers have been overwhelming over the busy summer period with 10,000 visiting Marakoopa alone up to the end of January. All have been impressed with the quality of the lights and amazed at the contrast from flood to resurrection. Several new stainless steel barriers have also been installed in traditional ‘hazard spots’ and lighting switch stations positioned for ease of use. Add to this a new underground radio system and we could hardly want for more.
It is important to point out here that, though they haven’t had an upgrade, the glow worms of Marakoopa are still shining brightly and are wondering what all the fuss is about. So too the other creatures who enjoyed their darkness and respite from being on show and are now ready to resume their celebrity.