Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs, Hastings

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The Hastings Caves State Reserve is the setting of a complex of caves and a natural warm springs located 102km south of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Newdegate Cave, the largest dolomite cave in Australia open to tourists, is a part of the complex. They are located from the nearby Lune River fossil/gem centre and the Ida Bay Railway.
The complex features natural warm springs, which cause many of the local streams to be at a year-round temperature of 28C. This feeds a swimming pool at the Hastings Visitor Centre, which is available to visitors to swim in.
The Hastings Visitor Centre was built in 2001 by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife. Offering information, ticket sales, food and drink, souvenirs and free public WiFi. The Centre is a hub for the growing number of tourists that visit the Far South of Tasmania.
The caves were discovered in 1917 by timber workers cutting trees near the entrance of the cave. The caves were initially opened up to tourists in the 1920s, and later the state government stepped in and took control during the Great Depression. Steps and a road to the cave were completed as part of depression era construction work to spur the economy, and the cave was officially opened by Albert Ogilvie, Premier of Tasmania, in 1939.
Newdegate Cave was named after Francis Newdegate, the Governor of Tasmania between 1917 and 1920.
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  • The temperature was very cool inside wear something warm. An easy hike with lots of ups and downs but the pace was slow and relaxed. Learn a lot about how dolit  more »
  • The tour was excellent and I learned some interesting things. However they didn't warn us that the cave is only 7 degrees all year round and I was a bit cold. So rug up if you go inside the cave  more »
  • Nice drive to and from Hobart, sealed the whole way now even between info centre and caves. Walk to the caves is also nice. Caves were nice but I've been to better in Vic. All features were effectively the same and the distance the walk goes into the cave is quite short. Guide was good but the info was all very basic, not a lot on the history of the place (probably because it was mainly destruction of the surrounding forests and the caves themselves). A good cave as a first timer. Thermal springs was just a pool sourcing water from the springs so it is very warm. Not the biggest pool though so it gets crowded.
  • Thermal spring pool is just that, a swimming pool with hot water. Source of water comes from hot springs 30 minutes walk away. The Hastings Caves is something else. Stunning geological masterpiece crafted by mother nature. Temperature inside cave consistently 8-9 Celsius whole year round. Worth a visit certainly. This place is 90 minutes from Hobart City. I'm giving 4 Stars only because the thermal spring pool is a so so.

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