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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

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Free cave tours to celebrate cave centenary

07/11/2008

Free cave tours will be held at King Solomon's Cave at the Mole Creek Karst National Park this weekend to celebrate the cave's centenary, the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, announced today.

Ms O'Byrne said free guided cave tours will operate on Saturday, November 8 from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with guides dressed in period costume.

"The State Government and the Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging people to take this opportunity to experience the unique beauty of the King Solomon's Cave," Ms O'Byrne said.

"People have always been fascinated with the cave environment and its unique creatures and Tasmania's caves at Mole Creek, Gunns Plains and Hastings are popular attractions for locals and visitors."

Ms O'Byrne said the centenary also presented an opportunity to reflect on the contribution that cave tourism had made and continued to make to the Mole Creek area.

"In the early part of the 19th century cave tourism was popular throughout Australia and often helped to drive the development of infrastructure and services in nearby towns.

"Caves remain a popular destination and attract visitors to regional areas, helping to contribute to regional economies through providing employment and visitor spending."

Ms O'Byrne said King Solomon's Cave was first discovered in1906 and officially opened on the 31st of October, 1908.
"The Mole Creek area is renowned for its caves, with King Solomon's and Marakoopa some of the finest and most visited cave systems in the State.

"The King Solomon's Cave Reserve was declared a cave reserve in 1915. The wider karst landscape was incorporated into the Mole Creek Karst National Park which was declared in 1996.

"Every year, about 46,000 people visit the Mole Creek Karst National Park.

"These caves are yet another important example of the unique wilderness experience Tasmania offers visitors to the State."