Gunns Plains Caves Tours

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Gunns Plains Caves
You can thank a possum for introducing humans to Gunns Plains Caves, which were discovered by a local Tasmanian hunter when he chased the possum into a hole and instead emerged in a cave. While we’ll never know if he actually found the shrewd, cave-dwelling possum, what we do know is that in only 12 years it went from being an unknown cave to a popular Tasmania State Reserve, established in 1918. When you first descend down into the cave, the subterranean , water-carved beauty is instantly seen in the calcite shawls and large, shimmering flowstones. The sound of water trickling across limestone can still be heard in the cave, and crayfish, eels, and even platypus still splash in the underground river. During daily tours of Gunns Plains Caves, guides will point out the different formations that have slowly formed over time—from the Wedding Cake and Golden Fleece to others with comical, spot-on names that closely fit their appearance. Learn this history of how these caves were gradually formed over time, and marvel at how this wonderland is so magically different—almost surreal—when compared to life above ground.

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When visiting Gunns Plains Caves in Tasmania, be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring along a warm jacket for the cool cave interior. Visitors should be able to comfortable navigate the 54 concrete steps, and endure standing, walking, and touring throughout the well-lit cave. There are six tours daily that run at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.
Address: Gunns Plains Cave State Reserve, Gunns Plains, Tasmania, Australia TAS 7315, Australia
Hours: Open daily 10am-4pm except Christmas
Admission: Family pass: $40
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Leven Canyon Day Trip Including Wings Wildlife Park or Gunns Plains Caves from Devonport, Ulverstone or Burnie

Travel from Devonport, Ulverstone or Burnie into the Tasmanian wilderness to explore Leven Canyon and one of two other nearby attractions. At Leven Canyon, marvel at the sprawling canyon that is remarkable easy to access from the main road. Then choose to visit either Wings Wildlife Park, where you can observe Tasmanian devils and other native Australian wildlife, or Gunns Plains Caves, an extensive limestone cave system with stunning rock chambers and glow worms. Your tour includes morning tea and lunch, plus pickup and drop-off from your hotel.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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