The Capricorn Caves are a great destination to check out during a trip to Queensland. In this cave system, you can explore spectacular caves set in a limestone ridge and even spot little bats. These amazing caves are located north of Rockhampton (Just a 23-kilometer drive) and are winners of many major tourism and environment awards, they are also eco-tourism accredited.
Home to ‘the cathedral’, bats, tree roots, larges and small chambers, these caves are pretty interesting to explore! In this blog post, I will take you along to these caves and show you what it is like to take the Cathedral Tour within the cave system. What will you encounter, is it worth your time and effort and more. Let’s dive in, shall we…
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAVES NEAR ROCKHAMPTON
Duration | They are one hour guided tours.
Group Size | Minimum group size is 2, maximum is 50.
Availability/Booking | There are 8 guided tours daily, departing hourly from 9 am to 4 pm (except Christmas Day). You do not have to book in advance, you can just rock up.
Price | Underneath you can find the prices to the Catherdral Tour ( In October 2019)
Adult Child Senior Family $ 35 $ 17 $ 31.50 $ 87 Above 15 years 5-15 years
(*Under 5 years is free)
You must have a senior’s card Includes: 2 adults and 3 children
You can also spend the night at the caves. They have a small campground as well as some cabins available. There is a small swimming pool available and has some basic but clean amenities for the camping guests. It is not going to be the best campground you have ever stayed at, but it is fine for just a day.
From Rockhampton, it is less than a 30-minute drive. Just follow the Bruce Highway (A1) After about 20 minutes you will see a sign to the caves, just follow the sign and will see the entrance to the caves fairly soon.
LETS EXPLORE | THE CATHEDRAL TOUR
The cathedral tour is held every hour on the hour and costs $ 35,- per person. It is a relatively easy tour to do. It is so easy that even the majority of the tour is wheelchair accessible. If you are planning to spend the night at either their campground or in their cabins, then you will get a 10% discount on their entree prices.
Because the caves are located above ground, they are not humid and offer a bit of a difference then what other caves offer.
The tour starts outside, where the guide gives you a bit of a general welcome. You then walk up a bit of a steep path before you suddenly see the caves open up! It’s quite a surprise and quite a spectacle!
We entered the cave system and got welcomed by a small bat. We must have spooked the little fellah. Throughout the tour, we encountered a couple of these. But they just flew over your head and didn’t really do anything. Harmless little things.
The tour took us through several chambers before we entered the main spectacle. The cathedral. The cathedral is an actual cathedral where you can get married (How amazing) The chamber is quite large and has better acoustics than the Sydney Opera House! This was shown during a quick music and light show. During the show, the lights also get turned off for about 1 minute. This is absolutely amazing! Because there is no light what so ever in the cave, you are surrounded in complete darkness. It is nothing like closing your eyes! Because there is 0.00 light, your brain can not comprehend what is happening. It is a bit early, but luckily it doesn’t last long haha the music is absolutely beautiful and a bit of a goosebump moment.
They also offer live shows in this cave, and I am sure that it is an absolute spectacle! If you are visiting the cave when there is a show on, I’d definitely attend when possible!
The way out of the cave system was an interesting one. You had to squeeze your way through a couple of tight rock formations and then over a couple of wobbly suspension bridges.
All in all, it was a nice and informative tour. The entire tour took just over 1 hour and time just flew by! If you have young children then this might be a tad boring for them, but if your kids are a bit older and they can listen to the information given, then I think they will enjoy this tour. If your kids like action, then they have a kids adventure tour, with will be great for them.
Have you been to the Capricorn caves? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below…
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