National Parks / Natural World
Hastings Caves State Reserve Hastings
Where are we going today?
Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Hastings Cave State Reserve is an incredible experience for those families who love the outdoors, nature, and a little bit of adventure.
This incredible part of Tasmanian wilderness is home to a number of experiences that the whole family can enjoy.
It's best to start your adventure at the Visitor Centre. Here, you can pick up your cave tour tickets as well as your entry to the pool, and really learn about the area through it's displays. Kids will love reading all about the features they are about to see!
How about relaxing in the warm waters of the natural thermal springs pool? Nothing like a quick dip when it's getting a bit hot! These are located near the Visitor Centre, and to get there you get to enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest.
For those who love to get their walking shoes on, there are plenty of rich forests for you to explore too. And ready for that adventure? Try out the Newdegate Cave!
This was named after Sir Francis Newdegate, who was actually the Governor of the state from 1917 to 1920. Here's a fun fact for you. The cave is actually the LARGEST tourist cave in the whole of the country that is dolomite rather than limestone! That's pretty impressive.
The chambers started forming tens of millions of years ago, so it's an incredible look at nature AND history!
There are guided tours through the cave, so qualified staff will be able to introduce you to all of the fauna, history, geology and unique features of the cave. These yours are around 45 minutes.
Nature is waiting for you at Hastings Cave State Reserve - a part of Tasmania not to be missed!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$24 for cave tour & pool. $5 pool only
- Children$12 for cave tour & pool. $2.50 pool only
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
Visitor Centre/Pool: 9am - 5pm. Shorter hours over winter.
All year round
They have resources that can be adapted to suit any age group, or to fit into your school program. It's recommended that students undertake some study prior to visiting to get the most out of it!.
There is some food available from the Visitor Centre.
There are picnic areas and BBQS, as well as open fireplaces with wood available if you want to bring your own food!.
Any Top Tips?
When you are heading along the hot Springs Track, it leads you to where the warm waters meet the cold waters! Stop and dip your hands in - a very cool experience (literally!).
Doing our bit
It's part of a world heritage area so it's well looked after. It's important to keep it preserved, so please follow any regulations they have.
Need a little extra help?
The thermal pool and trail which leads to the forest is accessible to wheelchairs. Some assistance might be needed at the start of the trail.
Can I get one of those?
You can pick up tickets at the Visitor Centre, along with some souvenirs!.
Ticket sales for the cave tours close 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. The tours are 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm. .
What people are saying?
by Justin D
To the guy that said the pool is not naturally heated, you're wrong, its naturally heated from the thermal pools!!! Thats the point of going there. It's a horrible trip down there on that twisty road, seems to take forever though. But worth it when you get there, didn't do the cave thing as my friend was very car sick from the trip there! Would love to take the kids back some time though.
by Sharon Swoboda
Thank you to the lovely staff who located and sent back my drink bottle that I careless left behind. Great service. Thank you.
by Peter Cusick
The Hastings cave experience is fantastic. Whilst the pool is shaped like a swimming pool its waters do come from a natural spring and the air is so fresh. Cave tours are great with the naturalness of the cave without coloured lights as I have seen in other less spectacular caves. If visiting in winter autumn or spring take a rain coat and jacket.
by Jonathan Wong
Some stunning formations in this cave, but could be a longer tour going deeper into the cave. Tour guide's torch made it hard to take nice photos at times.
by Lisette Pieke
This is just a heated pool, NOT a natural thermal spring. Bit disappointed when we found that out.. Cave was good but the tour was too quick, felt like the tour guide was in a rush to get home and wanted us out.