It was first discovered in 1882 by a Norwegian migrant John Olsen. He went on to claim the land under a lease hold title and open the attraction publicly in 1884. The property was later reclassified to free hold land and is today one of the largest privately owned caves system in Australia. The attraction is still open to the public and is one of the longest-running tourist attractions in Queensland.
During certain seasons visitors may see insectivorous bats in the caves. Abseiling, rock climbing, fossicking and animal viewing can be experienced at the 33 hectare property. An adventure course features a climbing wall and rope obstacle. A range of accommodation facilities are available to visitors. The complex contains a geo-discovery building which is used for school education programs in biology, geology and environmental studies
In the Berserker Range, 24km north of Rockhampton near the Caves township, the amazing Capricorn Caves are not to be missed. These ancient caves honeycomb a limestone ridge, and on a guided tour through the caverns and labyrinths you’ll see cave coral, stalactites, dangling fig-tree roots and, less likely, little insectivorous bats.
The highlight of the one-hour ‘cathedral tour’ is the beautiful natural rock cathedral where a recording is played to demonstrate the cavern’s incredible acoustics – it’s a full body and mind experience. The cathedral has become a popular wedding spot, and there are also several concerts held there throughout the year. In December, around the summer solstice (1 December to 14 January), sunlight beams directly through a 14m vertical shaft into Belfry Cave, creating an electrifying light show. If you stand directly below the beam, reflected sunlight colours the whole cavern with whatever colour you’re wearing.
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