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Careys Cave

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published February 23rd 2020
Enter the underground paradise of Careys Cave
Careys Cave near Canberra is known as the "gem of Wee Jasper". This region recently suffered terribly during the bush fires and is inviting tourists and visitors to return and help revitalise them.

Limestone formations in Careys Cave
Limestone formations in Careys Cave

Like many children, ours love caves. So when camping at Wee Jasper a visit to the caves was firmly on the "must-do" list. Careys Cave is only a 90-minute drive from Canberra, and 20 minutes from Wee Jasper. Tours are advertised as taking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, perfect for kids who may lose concentration if still for too long.

Rock formations in Careys Cave
Rock formations in Careys Cave

These limestone caves were spectacular. Our family love caves and have visited many cave systems all over Australia, and Careys Cave did not disappoint.

Limestone formations in Careys Cave
Limestone formations in Careys Cave

The guide was very knowledgeable and provided geological samples for children to pick up, compare the weights of, and learn about. Unfortunately, he also allowed the tour to run on by almost an hour beyond the allotted time. Although our children were old enough to cope with this, another family with a toddler was forced to leave the tour and return to the surface alone. In all, however, the caves were beautiful, and many adults may appreciate the extra time given by the guide.

Weathered fluting around the entrance to Careys Cave
Weathered fluting around the entrance to Careys Cave

Access to the caves:

Access includes a short, well-maintained pathway from the car park, and 30 concrete steps with handrails on each side. Around the entrance, there are excellent examples of limestone that has undergone weathered fluting.

Entrance steps down into Careys Cave
Entrance steps down into Careys Cave

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Why? Spectacular limestone formations
When: Monday to Friday - 12:pm and 1:30pm; Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays - 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm
Phone: 02 6227 9622
Where: Wee Jasper
Cost: Adults $22, Children $15, Concession $18.50, Family (2A 2C) $59
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