Yarrangobilly


Yarrangobilly Caves are about 300 caves in a small karst area southwest of Canberra in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountans. This area is 1.5km wide and 14km long and consists of 440 million years old Ordovician limestone. The caves were first discovered in 1834 by the stockman John Bowman. Most of the caves in the area were discovered by Leo Hoad, who worked as a guide at the caves from 1919 to 1946. He stayed at Yarrangobilly until the mid 1950s, when he moved to Tumut.

Six of the caves are open to the public, but only two with regular tours, two others with self guided tours and the last two only after appointment for groups. Really impressive and freely accessible is the large cave entrance called Glory Arch. All visits start at the Caves House and Information Centre, which also offers various other activities.

There is also a Thermal Pool, a swimming pool filled with the 27°C warm water from a thermal spring. It is estimated, that the water comes from adepth of more than 750m, at an amount of 91,000 liters per hour. Unfortunately the pool is 700m from the car park, down a steep trail into the valley, and the strenuous way back is a real drawback.


 Castle Cave |  Harrie Wood Cave |  Jersey Cave |  Jillabenan Cave |  North Glory Hole |  South Glory Cave and Glory Hole

History

 
1834Glory Arch discovered by the stockman John Bowman and explored with bark torches.
1888first accommodation building constructed.
1896Thermal Pool built out of wood.
1901Caves House completed.
1906Thermal Pool enlarged and cemented.
1919Leo Hoad became caretaker of the caves..
1946Leo Hoad retired.
1966-1968caves and Caves House closed and modernised by prisoners from Cooma Gaol. Caves modernized and new electric light.

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