Newdegate Cave

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Location: 2 km from Hastings. 125 km south of Hobart on the Huon Highway (A6). Just after the Southport turnoff on the C636, take the Hastings Cave Road (C635), a well-maintained gravel road which will take you to the Visitor Centre. 5 min walk from car park.
Open: 28-APR to 03-SEP daily 11-15, tours on the hour.
04-SEP to 25-DEC daily 10-16, tours on the hour.
26-DEC to 28-FEB daily 10-17, tours on the hour.
01-MAR to 27-APR daily 10-16, tours on the hour.
Fee: Adults AUD 19.50, Children (6-18) AUD 9.75, Seniors AUD 15.60, Family (2+3) AUD 48.50.
Groups (12+): concessions are available.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=45 min.
Bibliography: (2004): Newgate Cave, a new show cave, Chelsea Speleological Society Newsletter Vol 46 (10) 87 Oct 2004
Address: Hastings Caves, C/- Post Office, Dover. Tas. 7117. Tel: +61-02-98-3198, office: 002-98-1241, Fax: +61-02-98-1576. Phil Bradley, Caves Manager.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1850 Hastings came into existence as timber workers pushed further into forests.
1917 a group of timber workers discovered three limestone caves.
1939 opened to the public.


Named after Sir Francis Newdegate, the Governor of Tasmania from 1917-1920, Newdegate Cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia which occurs in dolomite, rather than limestone.

On one level Newdegate Cave is not particularly special, however there is one area of the cave (Titania's Palace) which is simply breathtaking. Located at the end of a large, and fairly ordinary, cavern, Titania's Palace is a genuine wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites which has earned Newdegate Cave a reputation as one of the most beautiful caves in the country.

Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.