Capricorn Caves

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Rockhampton, Australia

Capricorn Caves Rockhampton Reviews

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Hear the Sound of the Underground Jan 08, 2013
The Capricorn Caves are located about 25km north of the Rockhampton town centre. From what i could see, there is no bus that runs up that direction. The best mode of transport is a car. We stayed in Rockhampton YHA and every day a delightful Australian lady called 'Rob' (Robynne) comes at 11am to take people to the caves and back again in her car. She charges $50 round trip, which is not too bad considering the entrance fee to the caves is $25.

The caves are 390 million years old and were formed from years of sea erosion. The first man to discover them was called 'Olsen', of Norweigan origin. He discovered them in 1882 and kept the secret of their existence until the government were selling farm land very cheap and he plotted out the land he wanted (I'm sure the fact that the caves lay beneath this land maybe crossed his mind!) and purchased it for a fraction of what it was worth due to nobody knowing about the caves presence but him. Not long after he began tours through the cave. They ran for days and were lit entirely by candlelight. Nowadays there is about 5km worth of wiring running through the caves to supply light to the caverns.

The floor of the caves are made out of bat 'guano' - millions of years worth of bat droppings, each one the size of a grain of rice, all compacted neatly to form the walkway through the caves. During excavation of certain passages tonnes of this bat faeces was removed to create a walkable path through the openings.

The best part of the tour was when we entered the wedding chapel section of the caves. People get married there. The ceremonies involve the lighting of between 200 and 400 candles and placing them all over the cave walls. I can only imagine the effect is phenomenal. There are church-style benches set up with a wooden 'alter' at the front. The guide demonstrated the brilliant nature of the acoustics of the room by playing us some music, which sounded wonderful! She also put on a light display, the beams casting different shades all over the space, creating different feelings and moods with each flick of a switch. She then introduced us to total and complete darkness like most of us had never experienced before by turning off the lights. The darkness is all consuming!

I didn't really like our guide who did the hour-long tour with us. I thought she was a bit childish and kept cracking some really cringe-inducing, awkward jokes!
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