Marlborough and Rockhampton you will find the Capricorn Caves. They
have on site camping sites for caravans and camping.
Capricorn Caves camping
After parking the caravan where the sign said, I found the reception/Cave entry/cafe and paid. Paying for entry to the the cathedral cave while there. If you stay you get 10% discount on tours. If you have a big rig I would recommend you park and look at the site before driving to it. We have a 21ft fan, long tow bar and ute and fit in, but, only because no others where parked near us. Only a few drive through sites are available. Tents, camper trailers and caper-vans are fine.
Toilets, showers and laundry are available as well as the camp kitchen and BBQ area. A couple of large fire-pits can be found and bins are around the place. In the summer the pool and seating areas shaded by trees would be lovely.
A couple of
minutes walk from your camp is the entrance to the caves/cafe. They
have lots of information and an interactive area as well as a gift
shop. Devonshire tea and coffee was lovely.
Lynda, walked our small group (including a lady with a wheely walker)
through each section of the caves. Telling us the story of the family
who owned it in the 1800. How they climbed down a rope with only a
candle and found themselves knee deep in bat poo. Bats are still in
the cave system today. Don’t worry your safe! No bat’s flying around
over head and bat poo is now solid ground.
limestone, these are beautiful caves (if you can call them
beautiful). Over time lights have been put in place so you can see
the smooth walls, fig tree roots and cave systems.
By far the best
bit is the cathedral cave. Wooden benches are on both sides of the
isle for you to sit and take it all in. Wedding have been had here
and if you want something a little different I would recommend it.
Lynda has a remote control for the candles and other lighting. Take a
seat and the lights dim, till you are in pitch black, then you will
hear “Hallelujah” playing around the cathedral. I have to say I
had more then a tear in my eye.
Caves have been updated since the rope acsess of the early 1800. The
owners, who took over in 1988, have added wheel chair accessible
slopes. For the rest of us the stares are an easy climb and in some
cases interesting. You have the choice when you leave. Go back with
the guide or go through some smaller cave structures. Don’t be
scared, neither of us as small and fit fine. The wobble bridge going
this way out was also fun.
If you like
nature, rock formations and eco tourism you might want to give the
Capricorn Caves and the camp a go. We are glad we did.