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Mole Creek Tourist Caves
The Mole Creek Karst National Park protects 1345 hectares which contains limestone caves with their superb displays of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and columns.
Marakoopa cave was first opened to the public in 1912 with lighting provided by hand-held carbide bicycle lamps. Electric lighting became available in 1940. Marakoopa cave has two creeks that pass through the cave with extensive areas of flowstone being a sign of former stream activity. There is a variety of interesting formations. There are two different tours of this cave. The 'Underground Rivers and Glow-worms' tour is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. The 'Great Cathedral and Glow-worms' tour requires patrons to be able to ascend a stairway to the amazing cavern known as the 'Great Cathedral'. The glow-worm display viewed on both tours is the largest to be seen in any public access cave in Australia.
King Solomon's Cave is a relatively dry cave with the water that helped form it long gone with a lowering of the water table. It has lovely colours and formations and an abundance of reflective calcite crystals. This tour is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
Dress warmly for your visit to the caves as the temperature is a constant 9 degrees.
Ticket holders for cave tours do not require a valid national parks pass whilst visiting Marakoopa or King Solomon's Cave. There is a centralised ticket office at 330 Mayberry Road, which is about 600m from the entrance to Marakoopa Cave. Make sure you leave time to enjoy the fernglade walk from the parking area to the cave entrance. King Solomon Cave tours tickets can be purchased here or at the guide office at King Solomon Cave however the guide office doesn't accept cash only eftpos, visa or mastercard. It's about a 15m drive between the two cave sites, with the caves differing significantly in their features. Both caves have toilets, water and picnic shelters, with wood or electric barbeques available.
Marakoopa- Underground Rivers and Glow-worms
10am, 12noon, 2pm (plus 4pm Oct-May)
Great Cathedral and Glow-worms
11am, 1pm, 3pm.
King Solomon's Cave- 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm (plus 10.30pm & 4.30pm Dec-Apr)
Open daily except Christmas Day.